'Moon River' Crooner Andy Williams Has Cancer

'No longer a death sentence,' says 83-year-old

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Nov 6, 2011 6:04 AM CST

(Newser) – Singer Andy Williams told the crowd at his Christmas show last night that he has bladder cancer. The 83-year-old Williams appeared early in the show at the Moon River Theatre and vowed to return next year to celebrate his 75th year in show business. "I'm going to do the shows I've planned to do," he said. "I do have cancer of the bladder. But that is no longer a death sentence. People with cancer are getting through this thing. And I'm going to be one of them."

The golden-voiced singer had a string of hits in the 1950s and '60s, including "Can't Get Used to Losing You" and "Butterfly," but he is best known for his version of "Moon River." He earned 18 gold and three platinum albums in his career. Williams hosted annual Christmas specials on television and performed Christmas shows on the road for many years. His 1963 recording, "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year," is a Christmas standard.

Andy Williams smiles as he speaks to reporters during his news conference at a Tokyo hotel, in this July 25, 2004 file photo.   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
Andy Williams and his wife Debbie Haas arrive at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute on Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Singers Andy Williams, right, and Clint Black attend the 40th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York, Thursday, June 18, 2009.   (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)
Andy Williams performs at the Society of Singers' 10th Annual Ella Award presentation to singer, actress Dame Julie Andrews at the Beverly Hilton, Beverly Hills, Ca. 4/25/01. Los Angeles. Photo by Kevin...   (Getty Images)
Singer Andy Williams performs under red stage lights at Royal Albert Hall during his tour of the United Kingdom July 1, 2002 in London, England.   (Getty Images)
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