Andy Williams Dies at 84

Andy Williams lost his battle with bladder cancer last night. He was 84. 

Andy was born Howard Andrew Williams on Dec. 3, 1927 in Wall Lake, Iowa. After performing for about 20 years with the Williams Brothers quartet, he began his solo career in 1952. He moved to Los Angeles and signed a recording contract with Columbia Records in 1972.

Over his 75 year career in show business, Andy has had 17 gold records and three platinum records, was nominated for five Grammy Awards, won three Emmy Awards and an Oscar.

Andy and wife Debbie at the 50th annual Grammy Awards

Some of his most known songs include Canadian Sunset, Butterfly, Lonely Street and The Hawaiian Marriage Song.

Andy’s rendition of Henry Mancini’s “Moon River”  in the movie Breakfast at Tiffany’s won him his Oscar in 1962.

From 1962-1971, Andy started his own variety show on NBC called The Andy Williams Show. After the show ended, it continued every year around Christmas time featuring Andy and his family.

In 1992, Andy opened the Moon River Theater in Branson, MO., and continued to sing for sold-out crowds. After being diagnosed in Nov. 2011, he was determined to keep singing in his theater.

He is survived by his wife, Debbie, and his three children from a previous marriage, Robert, Noelle and Christian.


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