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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's 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


1962 34 Years Old 1 More Event
…  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 Two years later, he sang Mancini's "Dear Heart" at the 1965 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 and reduced his show to 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.


1985 57 Years Old Shortly thereafter, Longet went on vacation in Mexico with her defense attorney, Ron Austin, whom she married in June 1985. … Read More


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 64 Years Old This led Williams to build his own theatre in Branson in time for the 1992 season, eventually opening on May 1, 1992 as the Moon River Theatre. … Read More
1997 69 Years Old Williams was a noted collector of Navajo blankets. His collection had hung in his home, his offices, and the Moon River Theater, and was exhibited at the Saint Louis Art Museum in 1997–1998. … Read More
2007 79 Years Old 1 More Event
Williams and his theater were featured on three episodes of the soap opera As the World Turns in July 2007 where several characters went to Branson for a concert of "Gwen Munson" held in the Moon River Theatre. … Read More
2009 81 Years Old 1 More Event
Williams later said he was a lifelong Republican. In 2009, he was quoted by The Daily Telegraph as accusing President Barack Obama of "following Marxist theory" and "wanting the country to fail". … Read More
2011 83 Years Old In a surprise appearance at his theater in November 2011, Williams confirmed 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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