Danny Williams

Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1990s 2000s


7 January 1942, Port Elizabeth, South Africa, d. 6 December 2005. Williams started singing professionally at the age of 13 and was spotted by producer Norman Newell when touring England with the Golden City Dixies in 1959. The ultra-smooth ballad singer, often called ‘Britain’s Johnny Mathis’, joined HMV Records and released his first single, ‘Tall A Tree’, in 1959. A regular on the television pop show Drumbeat, he had two minor UK hits in 1961 with ‘We Will Never Be This Young Again’ and ‘The Miracle Of You’, before his version of Henry Mancini’s much-recorded ‘Moon River’ shot to number 1 later in the year. Follow-ups ‘Jeannie’ (co-written by Russ Conway) and a cover version of Andy Williams’ ‘Wonderful World Of The Young’, made the UK Top 20 in 1962. In 1964 ‘White On White’, a UK flop, gave him a US Top 10 hit.

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