The 1968 Exhibit: Andy Williams and Robert F. Kennedy, June 1968

The crooner Andy Williams, who died yesterday at age 84, was a close personal friend of Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, and had plans to go out with RFK after his victory speech in Los Angeles on June 5, 1968.  Moments after that speech ended, Kennedy was shot and mortally wounded.   

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Williams sang "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and "Ave Maria" at Kennedy's funeral in New York on June 8, 1968, and the songs were recorded--as the whole service was, in fact-- and released as a 45-rpm record, with the sales proceeds going to build a Kennedy memorial.  

 

Here's a great story about Andy Williams and that incident, and also a bit of surprising news about how Williams' political views had changed since 1968.  

[Andy Williams' album "Honey," pictured above, was released in 1968, and featured his cover of "Honey," runner-up to "Hey, Jude" for best selling song of 1968.]