Thursday, October 11, 2012

Raindrops Will Soon Be Falling On My Head

 

Last night, as I left the parking lot at Taylor's Meats & Produce, I saw that the rain was on its way to our town. 

I immediately thought of the song, Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head.  As always, this led me to thinking of Andy Williams, who passed away recently, at 84 years old, leaving a giant hole in my musical heart.  Even though B.J. Thomas had a #1 single with this song, Andy's version is my favorite.  But then, I'm biased when it comes to Andy Williams.

When I was a kid, my mom had several Andy Williams albums (including the one at the end of the video I linked to, above), and it's thanks to her that I love his music.  We also enjoyed his Christmas albums, including those he recorded with his brothers.  I especially loved his variety show and Christmas specials, but I'd almost forgotten that the Osmond Brothers really got their start on his show.

His true, clear, seemingly-effortless tenor voice makes him one of my all-time favorite singers.  I will miss him, but he sure left me with some happy memories.


12 comments:

  1. It has memories for me too - I remember buying our engagement ring on a very wet day with our coats dripping water on the jewellers carpet - also like "The Day That The Rain Came Down" - forget who did that but can still hear it in my head.

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    1. That is a nice memory, Gerald. I'd never heard "The Day That The Rain Came Down," but listened to a couple of versions. That's a great song!!

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  2. beautiful photo! when we lived in springfield, mo, we took the kids to see andy williams' christmas show in branson...it was a good show, he even brought all the kids from the audience up on stage with him so he could read them a story...what a sweet man! my mom had all those old christmas records too!

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    1. Thanks, Tanya!! How amazing that you got to see him in Branson. I watched a video clip last night, of Andy singing with the Osmond boys when they were young. He must have continued that tradition of singing with the kids - looked like he got a kick out of it! Glad to hear that your mom had the same records. They were good ones.

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  3. Gorgeous picture! Love that soft light. I've great memories of the song too - as a kid, the school's PA system would play this song if started raining during recess. That was the signal to go inside, where we had cupboards full of board games etc. I always associate this song with being a kid, recess, tropical rain:)

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    1. Thanks so much, Lulu. What an amazing memory. I wish we could get all our schools to do that now. It's so much nicer than the bells.

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  4. You write from the heart, Adele. Lovely photo to accompany your thoughts. Lovely!

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    1. Oh, thank you LOL! You always make me feel so good!

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  5. What a great photo and memory. And, I too remember the Andy Williams Show and Christmas specials. The whole family would gather around the TV for them. Nice post that has caught me up in some good memories....

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    1. Thank you, Michael. I like that your family gathered around for Andy, too. I'm sure there were a lot of us like that, back then. Definitely some happy memories.

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  6. How ever did I miss this post??? Lovely shot...but I have to admit...the best part was your discussion about Andy Williams!!! His was the first album I remember ever buying!!! And actually...I think I got it because I joined the Columbia record club!!! Remember how you could get 12 albums for the price of one??? Then that darned notice each month that if you didn't return it fast enough you were stuck with the one they featured??? I didn't know he died... I guess he's singing with the angels now...

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