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May 17, 2011

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Bill Kirchner

I remember watching "The Andy Williams Show" weekly for years when I was a kid. Imagine--classy musical guests presented informally but with taste and sensitivity, backed with arrangements by Dave Grusin (Williams' musical director) and Johnny Mandel.

Now we have "American Idol". Not even close.

John Hulaton

Bill, I agree entirely. Most of those variety shows back then had wonderful music. A lot of the music presented on TV today is sad. It's like: "Where's the melody?" And if there is a melody, "Why doesn't it tell me anything?"

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