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Living in Iowa

Andy Williams (#914)

The normally reticent Andy Williams granted an exclusive interview to Living in Iowa host Morgan Halgren and producer Nancy Heather upon his first return to his hometown of Wall Lake since the age of seven. Heather chose the house in which Williams was born to do the interview, which naturally led to many fond memories. 'We basically honed in on what happened in this house, their family life,' Heather said of the interview with Andy and his three 'rambunctious' brothers. 'They were so fun.' The tight harmonies of Andy and his brothers led to the formation of the Williams Brothers quartet. 'They listened to other groups,' Heather says. They had no professional arranger. Their Dad would tape the (radio) shows and by the next day they'd be singing those songs.' Williams' first trip back to his hometown was prompted by the efforts of the community to refurbish his boyhood home. The other brothers, too, were touched by Wall Lake's efforts, which fostered in them a sense of belonging. 'They love Wall Lake,' Heather said. 'For Andy, he said it was the place where he could think of having roots.' [28 minutes] Closed Captioning

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