( b. Dec 03, 1927 Wall Lake, Iowa, USA - d. Sep 25, 2012 Branson, Missouri, USA ) Male
Howard Andrew Williams was born in a small town northwest of Des Moines. His father, Jay, a railroad company mail clerk who later went into the real estate and insurance businesses, and his mother, the former Florence Finley, had one daughter and five sons, Andy being the fourth.
Williams was the affable, boyishly handsome crooner who defined both easy listening and wholesome, easygoing charm for many American pop music fans in the 1960s, most notably with his signature song, “Moon River."
“Moon River” became the theme song for his musical-variety television series "The Andy Williams Show" which, along with his family-oriented Christmas TV specials, made him a household name. “The Andy Williams Show” ran on NBC from 1962 to 1971 and won three Emmy Awards for outstanding variety series.
Although Mr. Williams’s fame came from television, movie themes were among his best-known recordings, including those from “Love Story,” “Charade,” “The Way We Were” and “Days of Wine and Roses.” Mr. Williams earned 18 gold and 3 platinum albums and was nominated for Grammy Awards five times, but he never had a gold single.
For 21 years, until 1988, Mr. Williams was the host of a namesake golf tournament in San Diego. He also collected art — works by Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning and Henry Moore — and in 1987 was named to Arts & Antiques magazine’s list of 100 top American collectors.
Source: The New York Times.
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