Singer Andy Williams dies at 84

Friday, September 28, 2012

Andy Williams in 2006.
Image: Rizan.

Singer Andy Williams has died at 84 years old on Tuesday. He had been fighting bladder cancer for a year. He died in his home in Branson, Missouri.

Williams recorded eighteen gold- and three platinum-certified albums. He owned the Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri. Williams had a variety show on television called The Andy Williams Show from 1962 to 1967 and 1969 to 1971. Williams also hosted Christmas specials.

His songs included Moon River, Can't Take My Eyes off You, and Christmas song It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.

40th President of the United States Ronald Reagan said Williams' voice was "a national treasure".

Williams was born Howard Andrew Williams on December 3, 1927 in Wall Lake, Iowa. His older brothers Robert, Donald, and Richard and he formed the Williams Brothers, a singing quartet. He married Claudine Longet in 1961 and they divorced in 1975. In 1991, he married Debbie Haas.