Thursday, November 17, 2005

Andy Williams’ Christmas Show Combines Wrap With Rap

BRANSON, Mo. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Andy Williams feels younger every Christmas and it’s showing in his choice of tunes.

Williams is currently performing his annual Christmas show at his Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri, and while he’s performing old classics like “Sleigh Ride” and “The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year,” he’s wrapping some of his other favorite tunes in new arrangements.

For instance, Williams – who turns 75 on Dec. 2 – is doing a rap version of his hit, “Happy Holidays,” but insists he’s not trying to hip-hop on a trend.

As he puts it, “We do it rap because we needed a funny number.”

While Williams is tackling rap in his show as a joke, come January, he’ll be seriously testing some contemporary material with his first studio album in years.

He plans to do a “reverse Rod Stewart” and perform “new standards” as opposed to old favorites. That means renditions of songs like “Desperado,” “That’s What Friends Are For,” and “Every Breath You Take,” of which he says he’ll take a tip from the song’s composer, Sting, and sing it from the standpoint of a stalker.

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