Donny Osmond, Michael Feinstein remember Andy Williams

4/19/2021 12AM

Donny Osmond and Michael Feinstein smile in individual screenshots from "In the Archives."

Donny Osmond collaborated on the latest episode of "In the Archives with Michael Feinstein," a monthly video series from the Great American Songbook Foundation.


New episode of In the Archives video series premieres tonight

 

CARMEL, Ind. – In a new episode of In the Archives with Michael Feinstein, the founder of the Great American Songbook Foundation explores the Songbook Library & Archives’ collection of arrangements and orchestrations written for legendary crooner Andy Williams.

 

Premiering online at 7 p.m. tonight, this special episode includes an introductory video segment from one of Williams’ best-known musical protégés: Singer-actor Donny Osmond, whose family rose to stardom as regular performers on Williams’ weekly NBC variety show.

 

The collection contains thousands of arrangements created for The Andy Williams Show, which aired from 1962-1971, as well as for Williams’ studio recordings and his classic holiday TV specials. The items include multiple approaches to his signature song, “Moon River” by Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini. Williams sold more than 100 million records worldwide before his death in 2012.

 

Donny Osmond and Andy Williams chat during a mid-1960s episode of The Andy Williams Show.

Donny Osmond and Andy Williams chat during a mid-1960s episode of The Andy Williams Show.

Osmond kicks off the new In the Archives episode with a collection of video clips of the Osmond Brothers’ TV appearances with Williams and shares recollections of the man he calls “my teacher, my mentor ... and a class act all the way.”

 

In the Archives is a monthly video series that explores the Songbook Foundation’s historical collections of music, images, memorabilia and personal papers from the 20th century golden age of American popular music. Previous episodes, available on the Songbook Foundation YouTube channel, have focused on The Music Man creator Meredith Willson, personal scrapbooks from the likes of songwriter Gus Kahn and arranger Ray Charles, and other materials from artists ranging from Rosemary Clooney to Sammy Davis Jr. The series is sponsored by

 

About the Great American Songbook Foundation

The mission of the Great American Songbook Foundation, founded in 2007 by five-time Grammy® Award nominee Michael Feinstein, is to inspire and educate by celebrating the timeless standards of pop, jazz, Broadway and Hollywood. Headquartered at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana, the Foundation advances this rich musical legacy by curating a vast archive of items representing its creators, performers and publishers; operating a multimedia exhibit gallery; overseeing the Songbook Hall of Fame; offering programs for the public and research opportunities for scholars and artists; and providing educational opportunities for student musicians, including the annual Songbook Academy® summer intensive. The Foundation is a Cultural Affiliate of the Los Angeles-based Grammy Museum®. More information is available at TheSongbook.org.