Born: December 3, 1927 Andy Williams died on Sept. 25 after battling bladder cancer.
I remember Andy Williams hosting ‘The Jackson Five (Michael Jackson), Donny & Marie Osborne on The Andy Williams Show before they became famous. His velvet voice & boyish smile would always be well remembered.
He maybe gone, but his songs & music will live on.
His signature tune “Moon River” happens to be my wife’s favourite, and we used to share this beautiful pleasure.
Andy Williams has died at 84 after a long battle with cancer. The iconic singer’s rep confirmed Williams’ death to Lifeline Live. He died Tuesday night (25 September 2012) at his home in Branson, Mo., after battling bladder cancer for almost a year. Williams was diagnosed with cancer in November 2011 but still continued to perform at his Moon River Theater in Branson even after his devastating diagnosis.
According to the host of NBC’s “The Andy Williams Show” from 1962 to 1971, Williams is known for lending his voice to timeless songs like “Moon River” and “Can’t Help Falling In Love” — songs that led President Ronald Reagan to dub him “a national treasure.” Over his 75-year span in the business, Williams has earned 17 gold and three platinum records.
Would you believe that Williams initially struggled as a solo act and was so broke at one point that he resorted to eating food intended for his two dogs?
“I had no money for food, so I ate it,” he recalled in 2001, “and it actually was damned good.”
Williams is survived by his wife, Debbie, and his three children (his children, Robert, Noelle and Christian), are the product of a previous marriage to French dancer Claudine Longet).
His forever green song “Moon River” is best heard accompanied by Henry Mancini at the piano, and here it is:
Andy Williams would say: “When I hear anybody else sing it, it’s all I can to do stop myself from shouting at the television screen, ’No! That’s my song!’” Williams wrote in his 2009 memoir, titled, fittingly, “Moon River and Me.”
Once dubbed as a “national treasure” by President Ronald Reagan,
retirement was not on his schedule. Williams told the AP in 2001: “I’ll keep going until I get to the point where I can’t get out on stage.”
Now, this great iconic entertainment idol is finally gone!