Another pop music legend has passed away. Singer Andy Williams died yesterday at age 84 after a bout with bladder cancer. Last November he had announced that he was diagnosed with bladder cancer, but he planned to keep performing at the theater he built in Branson, Missouri. Through his career he reached the Billboard Hot 100 45 times. Eight of those songs hit the top 10 and one, "Butterfly," a 1957 hit, went all the way to #1. His album Days Of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests spent 16 weeks at the top of the album chart in 1963.
Andy Williams is perhaps best remembered for his recordings of songs from movies. He sang "Moon River," from the film Breakfast at Tiffany's at the 1962 Academy Award celebration. It is known as Andy Williams' theme song, but it was never released as a single. He hit the top 40 the following year with his recording of "Days Of Wine and Roses" from the film of the same name. Andy Williams' final top 10 pop hit was "Where Do I Begin" from the film Love Story released in 1971. In 1972 he returned to the top 40 with the song "Speak Softly Love" from The Godfather.
Andy Williams was also a celebrated TV personality. His variety show The Andy Williams Show ran from 1962 through 1971. It is well known for helping launch the Osmonds to international stardom. In the 1970s Andy Williams hosted the Grammy Awards ceremonies seven times. His traditional TV Christmas specials were popular into the 1990s. Join us in remembering Andy Williams below.
- Watch Andy Williams sing "Moon River"
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