Andy Williams

Active - 1964 - 1999  |   Born - Dec 3, 1927 in Wall Lake, Iowa, United States  |   Died - Sep 25, 2012   |   Genres - Music, Comedy, Film, TV & Radio

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  • Entered show business at age 8 with his siblings Bob, Don and Dick in the Williams Brothers Quartet. They appeared on regional and national radio shows; and eventually caught the ear of Bing Crosby, who invited them to sing on his 1944 hit "Swinging on a Star."
  • Became a regular on Steve Allen's Tonight Show during the mid-1950s.
  • Although never released as a single, "Moon River" became his signature song after he performed it at the 1962 Academy Awards and released the Moon River & Other Great Movie Themes album the same year.
  • Earned 18 gold and three platinum albums. 
  • His 1962-71 variety show introduced the world to the Osmond Brothers.
  • Was a good friend of Bobby Kennedy's; and sang "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" at his 1968 funeral.
  • Appeared on Broadway in 1974 in a limited-run show with pianist-composer Michel Legrand
  • Named to Arts & Antiques magazine's list of 100 top American art collectors in 1987.
  • Opened the Andy Williams Moon River Theater in Branson, Mo., in 1992. It was the first non-country music attraction in the Midwest vacation destination.