Andy Williams

Singer + Songwriter + Record Producer
Born Dec 3, 1927

Howard Andrew "Andy" Williams was an American popular music singer. He recorded seventeen 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. Most recently, he performed at his Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri, which was named after the Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini song "Moon River", with which he is closely identified.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Andy Williams.


1927 Birth Born on December 3, 1927.
1938 10 Years Old Williams had three older brothers—Bob, Don, and Dick Williams. His first performance was in a children's choir at the local Presbyterian church. He and his brothers formed The Williams Brothers quartet in late 1938, and they performed on radio in the Midwest, first at WHO, in Des Moines, Iowa, and later at WLS, in Chicago, and WLW, in Cincinnati.


1943 15 Years Old Moving to Los Angeles in 1943, the Williams Brothers sang with Bing Crosby on the hit record "Swinging on a Star" (1944). … Read More
1947 19 Years Old …  They made their debut in Las Vegas in 1947 and became an overnight sensation. … Read More


1949 21 Years Old The act broke up in 1949 but reunited for another hugely successful tour from the fall of 1951 through the summer of 1953. … Read More
1953 25 Years Old Williams' solo career began in 1953. … Read More
1954 26 Years Old After finally landing a spot as a regular on Tonight Starring Steve Allen in 1954, Williams was signed to a recording contract with Cadence Records, a small label in New York run by conductor Archie Bleyer.
1956 28 Years Old His third single, "Canadian Sunset" reached No. 7 in the Top Ten in August 1956, and was soon followed by his only Billboard No. 1 hit—in February 1957—"Butterfly"—a cover of a Charlie Gracie record. "Butterfly" also reached No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart in May 1957, where it spent two weeks. … Read More


1961 33 Years Old In 1961, Williams moved to Los Angeles, California after marrying Claudine Longet and signed on with Columbia Records. … Read More
…  Their personal and professional relationship finally ended in 1962 when Williams met and married Claudine Longet, and Thompson moved to Rome.
1965 37 Years Old …  Williams sang Mancini's "Dear Heart" at the 1965 Academy Awards and "The Sweetheart Tree" (also written with Mercer) at the 1966 Awards. … Read More


1968 40 Years Old 1 More Event
On September 17, 1968, Columbia released a 45-rpm record of two songs Williams sang at the funeral of Robert F. Kennedy, his close friend: "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" and Franz Schubert's Ave Maria." … Read More
1970 42 Years Old Williams also competed in the teenage-oriented singles market and had several charting hits including "Can't Get Used to Losing You", "Happy Heart", and "Where Do I Begin", the theme song from the 1970 blockbuster film, Love Story. … Read More
1971 43 Years Old 1 More Event
He gave up the variety show in 1971 while it was still popular, continuing with three specials per year. … Read More
1972 44 Years Old He also raised funds for George McGovern's 1972 presidential campaign, performing at benefit concerts.
1973 45 Years Old 1 More Event
Williams is included in the montage of caricatures on the cover of Ringo Starr's 1973 album, Ringo.


1991 63 Years Old 1 More Event
On May 3, 1991, Williams married Debbie Meyer, whom he met through a mutual friend. … Read More
1992 - 2002 4 More Events
2007 79 Years Old He completed a sold-out tour of the United Kingdom and Asia in the winter and summer of 2007, in which he performed at several major concert halls including the Royal Albert Hall, singing, among other classics, Van Morrison's "Have I Told You Lately". … Read More
2008 80 Years Old In 2008 he lip-synched the 45-year-old recording to welcome Santa at the end of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.
On October 3, 2009, Williams appeared live on the BBC's Strictly Come Dancing in London, singing "Moon River" to promote the UK edition of The Very Best of Andy Williams LP, which peaked at No. 10 in the main pop chart. … Read More
2011 83 Years Old In a surprise appearance at his theater in November 2011, Williams announced that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer. … Read More
2012 85 Years Old On September 25, 2012, Williams died of bladder cancer at the age of 84 at his home in Branson, Missouri. … Read More
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