Andy Williams to be recipient of 17th ELLA Award

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Andy Williams to be recipient of 17th ELLA AwardNamed after its first recipient, Ella Fitzgerald, the ELLA Award is given to those singers whose musical accomplishments are paralleled by their commitment to humanitarian and charitable causes locally and internationally.

Mr. Andy Williams has been performing for nearly 70 years and still continues to do so through touring as well as singing at his Moon River Theatre in Branson. Earlier this year Mr. Williams was given the opportunity at the Grammys to present the Lifetime Grammy Achievement Award. Mr. Williams is widely known for his signature song “Moon River” and his voice was once called “a national treasure” by former president Ronald Reagan. His accomplishments include, but are not limited to, 3 platinum albums and 18 gold albums, as well as the Andy Williams Show television series that ran for almost a decade.

The award ceremony will take place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills on May 19th, 2008. Among the performers there at the Society of Singers’ presentation will be Barry Manilow, Petula Clark, Steve Lawrence, Glen Campbell, Johnny Mathis, and Monica Mancini.

Other recipients who have previously accepted this very prestigious award include Frank Sinatra, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Lena Horne, Dame Julie Andrews, Joe Williams, Barry Manilow, Placido Domingo, Gladys Knight, Johnny Mathis, Celine Dion, and Elton John.

Proceeds from this event will go to the Society of Singers Emergency Relief Fund and Scholarship Fund.

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