The Williams Brothers were a singing quartet that performed extensively on radio, movies, nightclubs, and television from 1938 through the 1990s.
The four Williams BrothersâBob, Don, Dick and Andy Williamsâformed a singing quartet in the mid- 1930âs in Wall Lake, Iowa. Their father, Jay Williams, managed and promoted the group. They entertained on radio stations, first at WHO in Des Moines, Iowa, and later at WLS in Chicago and WLW in Cincinnati, before they moved to Los Angeles in 1943, where they were under contract with the MGM film studio. The Williams Brothers appeared in Janie, Kansas City Kitty, Ladies' Man, and Something in the Wind. They also appeared with Bing Crosby on the hit record "Swinging on a Star". This led to a nightclub act with entertainer Kay Thompson from 1947 to 1951. The act was staged by MGM choreographer, Robert Alton. They toured night-clubs and cabarets in the United States and internationally with great success and appeared on radio and television establishing a loyal cult following with their jazz-based harmonies and flamboyant performance style. The act broke up in 1951 and the brothers went separate ways, appearing annually on The Andy Williams Show from 1962 through the 1990s.
Twin brothers Andrew Williams and David Williams (born February 22, 1959, Henderson, Nevada), recorded as The Williams Brothers in the 1990s, and made the Billboard Hot 100 with their song "Can't Cry Hard Enough" in 1992. As potential teen idols, they had also made the Hot 100 in 1974, billed as "Andy and David Williams", with the #92 entry "What's Your Name"; this followed an appearance on The Partridge Family, and features in the of-the-day teen magazines.