Andy Williams' publicist has announced the legendary singer has passed away in his Branson MO home from bladder cancer. He was 84 years-old.
The statement, which was posted on OzarksFirst.com, states the following:
Legendary singer Andy Williams passed away last night (Tuesday) at home in Branson, Missouri following a year long battle with bladder cancer, it was announced by his family. Williams, 84, who also had a residence in La Quinta, California, is survived by his wife Debbie and his three children, Robert, Noelle and Christian.
In July, Hollywood Life reported that Williams had returned to his home in Branson so he and his family could “remember the good times and the music he has created over a career that has last three-quarters of a century.”
Williams was born in Wall Lake, Iowa in December1927. He first began singing in a local Presbyterian church choir with his three brothers before the four of them decided to form the Williams Brothers Quartet. They became regulars on WHO’s “Iowa’s Barn Dance Show” in Des Moines, Iowa before getting their first national exposure on radio shows like WLS in Chicago and WLW in Cincinnati.
In 1951 the quartet decided to disband and Williams moved to New York where he became a regular performer on Steve Allen’s “Tonight Show”. From there he went on to more than a two year stent of appearances on the “Tonight Show”. It was that break that allowed Williams' first recording contract with Cadence Records.
Although perhaps best known for his 1961 single Moon River, Williams recorded a total of 42 studio albums, 17 of which where gold records. He had 45 singles that reached the Billboard top 100 during his long career. In 1962 he got his own weekly variety show, The Andy Williams Show. Williams' Christmas specials were a staple of the holiday season during the 1970s and '80s.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.