All were movie songs: Williams knew the cinema was a better vehicle for his voice even than TV.
The savvy Williams believed his own star would shine the brighter if he surrounded himself with other luminaries, so instead of hogging the airtime on his own show, he brought on a cavalcade of guests.
Williams always claimed that his favourite game as a child was to be hidden in a mail sack by his father, Jay, who was a postman on the freight rail line.
Jay would hoist him out of the carriage window and hang him on the mail hook as they rattled through Wall Lake station, where his mother would be waiting to haul the sack down. ’His singing career began in Wall Lake’s Presbyterian church, where Andy and his older brothers, Richard, Robert and Donald, sang in the choir.
It was an impressive way to launch a career, but Williams, by now 16, immediately went one better - his voice was chosen to dub the husky tones of 19-year-old Lauren Bacall in her debut film, To Have And Have Not. television’s Tonight Show, engineered for him by Thompson, finally gave him hits - first as a rock ’n’ roller, shaking his hips like Elvis Presley, and then as a crooner.