Thursday, September 27, 2012

Crooner Andy Williams Passes Away at 84

Andy Williams passed away late Tuesday night after battling bladder cancer for some time. He was 84.

Williams was a mainly pop and standards singer who recorded eighteen Gold and three Platinum-certified albums. He hosted The Andy Williams Show, a TV variety show, from 1962 to 1971, as well as numerous television specials, and owned the Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri, named after the song "Moon River", with which he is closely identified.

Though best known for his pop and easy listening material, the crooner also recorded some popular and well-received country music. His first release into the genre began with ‘You Lay So Easy on My Mind’ in 1974. That album featured songs from top Nashville writers like Billy Sherrill and Buddy Killen, including ‘I Love My Friend’ and ‘My Elusive Dreams,’ both of which were number one hits for Tammy Wynette. Williams returned to the genre with Nashville, an album released in 1991.

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