Music Legends to Appear in Branson in 2009

Andy Williams, five-time Grammy Award nominee and one of America’s most beloved singers, announced a star-studded addition to the talent line-up at The Andy Williams Moon River Theater for the 2009 season.
Williams stated that Bill Medley, Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and founding member of the Righteous Brothers, will appear in concert at the Moon River Theatre with zany rockers, Paul Revere and the Raiders. The shows are scheduled for selected dates form April through October, 2009. Williams also announced that rock n’ roll pioneers, Bill Haley’s Original Comets, will appear in matinee performances from April through August.

At the press conference Williams said “I have always been a fan of these guys and now I get to see them every day at my theatre. This is a great thing for Branson!”

Bill Medley, who along with long-time Righteous Brothers partner Bobby Hatfield, created “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”, a song which has been touted as the most played tune in radio history. Other chart toppers included (You’re My) Soul and Inspiration”, “Rock and Roll Heaven”, “Ebb Tide” and “Unchained Melody”. Teaming with Jennifer Warnes, Medley recorded the mega-hit “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life”.

Often cited as the comedy princes of rock n’ roll, Paul Revere and the Raiders, are best known for their smash hits “Kicks”, “Hungry”, “Good Thing”, and their blockbuster “Indian Reservation”. Fans around the world have dubbed them as one of the favorite live onstage performance groups.

Bill Haleys’s Original Comets have been rocking the world since the early 1950’s when they produced never-to-be-forgotten hits such as “Shake, Rattle and Roll”, “Rock Around the Clock”, and “See You Later Alligator”. Fifty years later, these guys haven’t lost a beat, and it is readily apparent why they are known as one of the early originators of Rock n’ Roll.

Medley shared “We love Branson so much that we’ve bought homes here. The fans are great. And how could it get any better than appearing at Andy Williams’ Moon River Theatre. It’s going to be a fun 2009!”

For tickets or more information call Branson Tourism Center at (800) 785-1550.

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Andy Williams Presenter On Sunday’s Grammys

Andy Williams, who will open his 2008 Branson season at his Moon River Theatre on April 4, will be a presenter on Sunday”s 50th annual Grammy Awards to air on CBS.

Williams, who hosted the first seven Grammy Awards, will be joined onstage at the Staples Center in Los Angeles by singer/songwriter Nelly Furtado to present the prestigious Song of the Year award, said William’s spokesman Paul Shefrin.

Williams has had five Grammy nominations during his career. He’ll open his Branson season performing with the cast of “The Entertainers,” a show produced last season in his theater. Beginning June 6, Williams will share the stage with legendary performer Ann-Margret, who also has become a Branson favorite.

This year, four of the five Grammy nominated songs were also sung by the songwriters including Plain White T’s Tom Higgenson for “Hey There Delilah,” Corinne Bailey Rae for “Like A Star,” Amy Winehouse for “Rehab” and Shawn Carter, better known as Jay-Z, for being a co-writer of “Umbrella,” performed by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z. Songwriters Josh Kear and Chris Tompkins are nominated for Carrie Underwood’s recording of “Before He Cheats.”

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