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Andy Williams
Original name: Howard Andrew Williams
Birth: Dec. 3, 1927
Wall Lake
Sac County
Iowa, USA
Death: Sep. 25, 2012
Branson
Taney County
Missouri, USA

Vocalist. Best known for the hits "Moon River" and "The Days of Wine and Roses". Additionally, he is known for his Christmas TV specials and his rendition of the holiday song "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." He hosted his own variety series from 1962 to 1971. His career began as a youth with his three brothers whom he performed with at their hometown Presbyterian Church. This led to regular appearances on local radio programs and this exposure would catch the attention of Bing Crosby, resulting in the brothers' first recording "Swinging on a Star" (1944) with the legendary crooner. Later in the decade they formed a popular club act with comedienne Kay Thompson and with their success they made a name for themselves both nationally and internationally with tours in the United States and Europe. Following the acts disbanding in 1951, Williams moved to New York to embark on a solo career and landed a spot as a regular on "The Tonight Show, hosted by Steve Allen". Further appearances on other variety shows followed and in 1962, he earned his own musical variety series (he already hosted summer programs from 1958 to 1959) for which he received multiple Emmy Award nominations during the show's run. After a five-year period with the Cadence record label for which he scored the hits "Canadian Sunset" (1956), "Butterfly" (1957), "I Like Your Kind of Love" (1957), "Are You Sincere" (1958) and "Lonely Street" (1959), he secured a deal with Columbia. During that period, he became familiar to movie audiences with the songs "Moon River" (from Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961), "The Days of Wine and Roses", (from the film of the same title, 1962) and "Love Theme From The Godfather (Speak Softly Love)" (1972). He was formerly married to French actress Claudine Longet. (bio by: C.S.) 
 
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 Parents:
  Jay E. Williams (1892 - 1976)
  Florence Belle Finley Williams (1892 - 1979)
 
 Sibling:
  Robert Finley Williams (1918 - 2003)*
  Andy Williams (1927 - 2012)
 
*Calculated relationship

Cause of death: Cancer
 
Burial:
Unknown
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: C.S.
Record added: Sep 26, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 97797236
Andy Williams
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a voice as smooth as silk
- Gary Davies
 Added: Aug. 27, 2014
Rest In Eternal Peace Andy. We miss you so much.
- Billy R. Edgar
 Added: Aug. 15, 2014

- Eileen
 Added: Aug. 12, 2014
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