His signature tune was Henry Mancini’s Moon River, made famous by another Hepburn film, Breakfast At Tiffany’s.
The day that my dad died, it was the most tragic day of my life.
When I look back on anything, the moment of absolute tragedy for me, in my life, was that moment.‘To me it’s in the past.
Williams always claimed that his favourite game as a child was to be hidden in a mail sack by his father, Jay, who was a postman on the freight rail line.
Jay would hoist him out of the carriage window and hang him on the mail hook as they rattled through Wall Lake station, where his mother would be waiting to haul the sack down. ’His singing career began in Wall Lake’s Presbyterian church, where Andy and his older brothers, Richard, Robert and Donald, sang in the choir.
He discovered The Osmonds, first as a group of four brothers and later with a nine-year-old Donny.
At the Ambassador Hotel in LA, Williams was dressing in his room and watching Kennedy — who was in the lobby downstairs — on TV talking to reporters, when a man stepped out of the crowd and shot Kennedy three times.
I think all the events that have happened to me have made me the person that I am and I think the one thing that it most probably did, it made me an independent person.
But his hits are instantly memorable, from Moon River and Music To Watch Girls By, to Born Free and Can’t Take My Eyes Off You.
During the heartfelt interview, in which a tearful Miss Torvill publicly discussed the trauma of her failed attempts to conceive through IVF for the first time, and Dean discussed the breakup of his family when he was a child, the pair were asked by Morgan: ‘Just to clarify, you have never had any kind of relationship? Morgan continued by asking the pair: ‘I think there was a bit of snogging on the back seat of the coach, wasn’t there? The incident is believed to have happened shortly after they began skating together as amateurs in 1975, when Dean was 16 and Torvill was 17.
After the couple split, Dean went on to marry former US figure skater Jill Trenary, with whom he had two children, Jack and Sam.
It was an impressive way to launch a career, but Williams, by now 16, immediately went one better - his voice was chosen to dub the husky tones of 19-year-old Lauren Bacall in her debut film, To Have And Have Not. television’s Tonight Show, engineered for him by Thompson, finally gave him hits - first as a rock ’n’ roller, shaking his hips like Elvis Presley, and then as a crooner.