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ANDY WILLIAMS - CONTRACT SIGNED 12/01/1955 - HFSID 262533

William signed this one-year contract to record six record sides with Cadence Records in 1955. Contract signed "Andy Williams" as Performer and by president of Cadence Records, both in blue ink.

Price: $400.00

Condition: Fine condition
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ANDY WILLIAMS
William signed this one-year contract to record six record sides with Cadence Records in 1955.
Contract signed "Andy Williams" as Performer and by president of Cadence Records, both in blue ink. With 1 page rider initialed "AW" by Williams and by president of Cadence Records, both in blue ink. 7 pages, 8¼x11, single-sided sheets, on thin paper. With 1-page 8¼x1¾ rider stapled and taped to left edge of contract. Bound with staples at top in grey paper binder from Jack J. Katz, New York City to total size of 8¼x11½. Dec. 1, 1955. Addressed to Mr. Andy Williams, New York City.Under theterms of this contract, Williams agreed to record a minimum of six 78-RPM record sides (or their equivalent) for Cadence within one year of signing this contract in return for royalties from record sales; the royalty calculation is included in this contract. Cadence had the option to extend the term on this contract for another two years. Perhaps best known for his signature song Moon River, his long-running variety show and his Williams family Christmas specials, Williams, born Howard Andrew Williams in Wall Lake, Iowa in 1927 and the holder of 18 gold and three platinum records, began his career singing in the church choir established by his parents. He gained a wider audience from age eight, when the Williams Brothers Quartet began appearing on radio, first in Iowa and later in Chicago and Cincinnati. The Williams Brothers attracted the attention of Bing Crosby, who featured them on his 1944 hit Swinging on a Star. Three years later, the group teamed up with comedienne Kay Thompson, whose nightclub act toured widely throughout the United States and Europe. After the Williams Brothers disbanded in 1951, Andy headed to New York, where he became a regular performer on Steve Allen's Tonight Show. Signing with the Cadence label, Williams had his first Top 10 hit with Canadian Sunset, which was followed by a string of hits including Butterfly, Lonely Street and The Hawaiian Wedding Song, which bought his first Grammy nomination. Williams' continued to appear regularly on television shows, including The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, The Chevy Showroom With Andy Williams and his own 13-week summer replacement variety show. In 1962, he began his 28-year association with Columbia Records, turning out such hits as Can't Get Used to Losing You and Moon River, the Oscar-winning song from Breakfast at Tiffany's that became his signature song after his stunning performance of it at the Academy Awards ceremony. The song, which charted for over 100 weeks, was No. 1 for 16 weeks. On September 16, 1963, The Andy Williams Show, which would run until 1972, debuted. The variety show would win three Emmy Awards for Best Musical/Variety (1966, 1967, 1969) and launch Williams' classic Christmas specials. During this time, Williams also toured, opening Caesar's Palace in 1966 (he would headline there for the next 20 years) and performing for fans worldwide. In 1991, Williams traveled to Branson, Missouri, where he built the Andy Williams Moon River Theater. Since opening it in May 1992, Williams, the first non-country performer to take up permanent residence in Branson, continues to entertain fans six nights a week from September to December. Lightly toned, creased and rippled. Right and left edges are irregular. Staples are tarnished. Rider has discolored right edge and has been folded once and unfolded. Tape from rider has lightly discolored page 2. Otherwise in fine condition.

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