'Moon River' Singer Andy Williams Dead at 84
Leaves behind a wife, three children
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 26, 2012 9:06 AM CDT
Andy Williams smiles as he speaks to reporters during his news conference in Tokyo in this July 25, 2004, file photo.   (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, file)

(Newser) – Andy Williams, who announced onstage at his Branson, Missouri, theater last year that he had bladder cancer, died yesterday at home in Branson. Williams, 84, had been in show business for 75 years; it was his iconic rendition of "Moon River" in the early 1960s that propelled him to stardom. The Andy Williams Show followed in 1962, staying on the air until 1971 and returning each year for a Christmas special. In 1963, the variety show first introduced the Osmond Brothers to America, People reports. Williams, who accumulated 17 gold and three platinum records, is survived by wife Debbie and three children.

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Sep 27, 2012 8:07 AM CDT
A great guy and a great singer. Proud to say he and his brothers come from my state. Rest in peace Andy, you've earned it.
Sep 26, 2012 1:52 PM CDT
Rest in Peace, Andy
Sep 26, 2012 1:22 PM CDT
Rest in peace, dear Andy. Andy's voice was a national treasure. We saw him in concert in California a few years ago, and he was still energetic and robust, and put on a show that was so good it put others to shame. He was onstage for almost the whole show, and his voice was even more beautiful than ever. It was in December, and it was wonderful to see that the audience was all dressed up for him, many men in Christmas sweaters, women in pretty dresses, kids in their best outfits--no one wore jeans, as they do for so many concerts. America will miss him.