Singer, music producer and television personality Andy Williams has died aged 84. Williams recorded eighteen Gold and three Platinum-certifiedalbums with popular tracks including Butterfly, Moon River, Solitare, Home Lovin’ Man and Can’t Get Used To Losing You.
His television series, The Andy Williams Show, was produced by NBC and screened on BBC One in the UK for many years after its initially debut in 1962. In the 1970s his show debuted a new pop group, The Osmonds, who went onto much chart success around the globe. Andy also became famous for his festive specials and guest spots on other shows such as Pebble Mill at One, Lunchtime with Wogan and in more recent years This Morning, a daytime Coronation Street special where he sang to ‘Rita’ and ‘Audrey’ as well as performing a song on Strictly Come Dancing.
Andy was born in Wall Lake, Iowa, in 1927 and first performed aged eight. His ability to laugh at himself and humorous chat made him a popular personality on television and singles and albums made him an international singer throughout the sixties and seventies. He had a revival in the 1990s after Music To Watch Girls By was used as the soundtrack to a car TV commercial. Andy was to celebrate 75 years in showbiz later this year with a sting of concerts, he also owned his own theatre the Moon River in Branson, the town the star also lived in recent years.
Andy had been battling for the past year bladder cancer. He died at his home in Branson, Missouri after a spell in hospital earlier this year.
We’ll remember Andy with his version of Can’t Help Falling In Love which is best known for its Elvis Presley recording.
Howard Andrew Williams December 3rd, 1927 – September 25th, 2012