Roni Reports…

Andy Williams Dead at 84



Singer Andy Williams has passed away at age 84.

Williams was best known for his crooning abilities on his most famous hit “Moon River” during his 75 year career. Sadly in 2011 he announced that he was battling bladder cancer, but told fans that it wasn’t a death sentence and he was going to get through it. While he did last another year, Andy lost that battle Tuesday at his home in Branson, MO.

Way back in the day, it was family groups that shined in the music world. And before The Osmonds and The Jackson 5, there were Williams and his brothers in the 1930’s. Andy went solo though in the 50’s after the brothers decided to hang it up as a group. This proved well for Andy as he went on to have a successful career earning 18 gold records and three platinum songs. He also got his own television show, The Andy Williams Show.

That show ran on NBC from 1962-67, took a break and returned to go from 1969-71. Throughout the show’s run, it saw guests like the aforementioned Osmonds and Jacksons, as well as the late Phyllis Diller, Bing Crosby and Ella Fitzgerald. The show and Williams collected five Emmys altogether.

Andy was also a favorite among politicians. “A national treasure,” is what President Ronald Reagan called Williams’ voice. He was also close with the Kennedys, singing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” at Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral after he was shot during the 1968 presidential campaign.

This American legend started singing at just three years old and made a career out of it for 75 years. He will be missed by fans, peers and his family, which includes his wife Debbie and his three kids, Robert, Noelle and Christian.

May he rest in peace. 


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Socially awkward in most situations most 25 years olds would call easy, that’s me. TV is my soul mate, Music is my mistress and writing is my best friend. Without those three things, I’d be in an insane asylum calling myself Rosa Parks, refusing to sit in the back of the so called bus. I know more about pop culture and celebrities than I do about my family history, and I’d like to keep it that way. Words I live by: We´re all tiny books in one big compilation called life. Some of us will wait for what seems like forever for our climactic part to come. Others will have a romance novel their entire life. Or maybe one filled with just adventure. Or one that is a poetic tragedy. Then, there are those that will have best sellers. You know, the ones that everyone wants to read and base their versions on? Don´t forget the little paperbacks sold at the carwash that only a select few will ever lay eyes on. We´re all born with the power to either take what was written for us or choose our own adventures.

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This entry was posted on September 26, 2012 by in Celebrity News, Kendra's Stories, TV and tagged , , , , .

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