NEW YORK DAY BY DAY
NEW YORK DAY BY DAY; Final Applause For William B. Williams
By Deirdre Carmody and Frank J. Prial
Published: September 16, 1986
Frank Sinatra did something yesterday that he rarely does: take second billing. And at the Palace. The headliner was the late William B. Williams, a disk jockey at radio station WNEW for 42 years before his death Aug. 4 at the age of 62.
Mr. Sinatra and about 1,200 of Mr. Williams’s friends from broadcasting and show business were at the Palace to remember him and to pay him tribute.
Over four decades, Mr. Williams remained a champion of the ”old standards,” the songs of the 1930′s and 40′s, and of the people who sang them, such as Mr. Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Tony Bennett.
Mr. Sinatra, dubbed the ”chairman of the board” by Mr. Williams many years ago, often credited the disk jockey with saving his career by playing his records when his popularity had declined elsewhere.
Mr. Bennett said Mr. Williams had ”brought New York together and made it like a family.” Robert Merrill recalled asking ”William B.’s” opinion of his recording of Bizet’s ”Carmen.” ”He said the lyrics were great but the arrangement only so-so,” Mr. Merrill recalled.
Mr. Sinatra noted that this was the first time Mr. Williams had played the Palace. He asked for a standing ovation for his old friend and he got it.
Note to Bill Diehl — Here’s the William B./Lena Horne piece from the Nov. 1958 issue of Radio Mirror magazine you discovered during one of your flea market visits. I told you it would be posted, and true to my word, here it is, only three years and ten months after you sent in the piece at 4:00 p.m., May 11, 2010. ECB
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Lena Horne “Stormy Weather”
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Happy Birthday, Julius LaRosa.
Bill Diehl, seen above with Julie in a late 90′s conversation, sent word today(1/2/14) by phone that Julie, on his 84th birthday, is recovering from a fractured ankle. “Otherwise,” says Julie, “I’m in OK health.” Says Bill, “I reminded him that my wife, Lorry, met his wife, Rory, back in the 1950′s when Rory was Perry Como’s secretary, and Lorry was president of the Perry Como fan club in New York.(and Julie was Perry’s summer TV replacement.) Julie recalled that when he told Como that he was engaged to Rory and gave her a ring and they’d soon be married, Julie quoted Perry as saying, ‘you (bleep), now you’ve taken my wonderful secretary.’ Julie and Rory have been married 57 years”
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Somewhere inside San Francisco’s Cow Palace, between July 13 and July 16, 1964, during the Republican National Convention, WNEW’s Marlene Sander’s busy editing a reel of tape. The photo came via Bill Diehl from the files of Jerry Graham, WNEW News Director at the time, who died in April of this year.
Most memorable words spoken at that convention:
Barry Goldwater, as he was cheered.
“I would remind you that extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice — and let me remind you also, moderation in pursuit of justice is no virtue.”
Nelson Rockefeller, as he was booed.
“This is still a free country, ladies and gentlemen.”
To hear how it ended, click on link below:
WNEW’s 30th anniversary promotions in 1963, included a series of column-like newspapers ads placed in New York’s major dailies. The item below, which appeared in the Times, Journal, Tribune and News is the 5th “What’s NEW?” edition we’ve reconstructed from original clips collected by Bill Diehl.
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