Return To 60’s Main Menu Recording Artists Of The 60s 




(L. Crane, B. Ross)

United Artists 685

No. 9    May 16, 1964




Throughout the pre-Beatle 60s, South African-born Danny Williams functioned as England’s cloned

answer to Johnny Mathis.    From his very first Mathis-molded smoothie in 1961,  “We’ll Never Be  This

Young Again,” through his chart-topping rendition of “Moon River” and his top 10 tune, “Wonderful

World Of The Young,” Danny could do little  wrong with British audiences.


Williams, who was born in Port Elizabeth, South Africa on January 7, 1942, had been singing profession-

ally since his 13th year.   While he was touring London with an African-based show called “The Golden City

Dixies,” record producer Norman Newell heard Dan’s calming, crooning voice. Newell secured Danny a

recording contract with the HMV label, and in 1960, Williams and his family moved to London.


A pile of singles were issued before Williams managed to connect with an American audience. “White On

White,” a variation (possibly unintentional) on Bobby Vinton’s “Blue On Blue” tale, was Danny’s only

stateside hit.     His follow-up, “A Little Toy Balloon” (#84, 1964), made the Hot 100, but none of his

successive releases did.   Strangely, neither single was a hit with his homeland, where well into the ’70s, he

continued to work cabarets and concerts.


Danny Williams graced the British charts one last time in 1977 with “Dancing Easy,” a reworked commer-

cial jingle for a martini mix.   He still continues to tour when the whim and the want are present.   More

recently, Danny has been breaking things up in his new career as a black-belt karate instructor.