Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fond Farewell - Andy Williams (1927-2012)

American legendary singer, Andy Williams has died at age 84. Andy's longs career spanned over 74 years. Although he is most closely associated with the song "Moon River", his noteworthy talents earned him 18 Gold Albums and 3 Platinum. For 9 years, Andy Williams hosted his own variety show called "The Andy Williams Show" from (1962-1971).

Did You Know?
  • Williams was born in Wall Lake, Iowa.
  • Williams began his career in 1938 and performed through 2012.
  • Williams loved playing golf.
  • His variety show, "The Andy Williams Show" earned 3 Emmy Awards.
  • He sang at the funeral of Senator Robert Kennedy.
  • Williams spent the last 21 years of his life in Branson, Missouri where he opened "Moon River" a 2,000 seat theatre.
  • Williams mentored the Osmonds and they became regulars on his show; Marie Osmond made her television debut on the show, at just 3 years old.
  • Williams hosted the first Grammy Awards held live on television, and remained its host for 7 years in a row.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.

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