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Also Known As: Howard Andrew Williams Died: September 25, 2012
Born: December 3, 1927 Cause of Death: Bladder Cancer
Birth Place: Wall Lake, Iowa, USA Profession:

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"The Emperor of Easy," as he was known to his faithful fans in the U.K., Andy Williams was a singer and television host whose tasteful renditions of songs from the Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer songbook like "Moon River" and "Days of Wine and Roses" made him one of the more well-loved entertainers of the 1960s and 1970s. A former child member of a vocal act featuring his brothers, Williams broke out on his own in 1951 and soon established himself as an effortlessly warm and smooth singer on the aforementioned songs, as well as hits like "Are You Sincere," "Music to Watch Girls By" and "(This Is Where I Begin) Love Story." He parlayed his popularity into a lengthy second career as the host of his own variety series, which ran for over a decade before settling into yearly specials, especially around the holidays. He later became one of the most successful performers in the Southern entertainment mecca of Branson, Missouri, where his easygoing charm and unblemished baritone continued to please generations of music fans.

"The Emperor of Easy," as he was known to his faithful fans in the U.K., Andy Williams was a singer and television host whose tasteful renditions of songs from the Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer songbook like "Moon River" and "Days of Wine and Roses" made him one of the more well-loved entertainers of the 1960s and 1970s. A former child member of a vocal act featuring his brothers, Williams broke out on his own in 1951 and soon established himself as an effortlessly warm and smooth singer on the aforementioned songs, as well as hits like "Are You Sincere," "Music to Watch Girls By" and "(This Is Where I Begin) Love Story." He parlayed his popularity into a lengthy second career as the host of his own variety series, which ran for over a decade before settling into yearly specials, especially around the holidays. He later became one of the most successful performers in the Southern entertainment mecca of Branson, Missouri, where his easygoing charm and unblemished baritone continued to please generations of music fans.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 46th Annual Grammy Awards, The (2004) Presenter
2.
 42nd Annual Grammy Awards, The (2000) Presenter
3.
 Jonathan Winters: On the Loose (2000) Interviewee
4.
 Osmonds: Pure and Simple, The (1999) Interviewee
6.
 Bobby Darin: Beyond the Song (1998) Interviewee
9.
 1995 Grammy Awards (1995) Presenter
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1938:
Formed the quartet The Williams Brothers with his brothers Don, Dick and Bob; father managed the group
1943:
Moved to Los Angeles with his brothers; landed a film contract with MGM
1944:
Made feature debut with brothers in ""Janie" and "Kansas City Kitty"
1951:
The Williams Brothers disbanded
1954:
Began regularly performing as a solo act on NBC's "Tonight Starring Steve Allen"
1956:
Signed with Cadence Records and released his first Top 10 single "Canadian Sunset"
1957:
Landed his first and only No. 1 with a cover of Charlie Gracie's "Butterfly"
1958:
Scored numerous Top 10 hits including "Are You Sincere," "The Village of St. Bernadette," and "Lonely Street"
1959:
Hosted the music and variety program "The Andy Williams Show" (CBS, 1959; NBC, 1962-71)
1961:
Signed with Columbia Records
1961:
Recorded Johnny Mercer and Henry Mancini's classic composition "Moon River"; track originally performed by Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's"; Williams performed song at the 1962 Oscar ceremony
1961:
Married French singer and "The Andy Williams Show" regular Claudine Longet
1962:
Released the album <i>Moon River and Other Great Movie Themes</i>
1963:
Received first Gold certification from RIAA with the album <i>Days of Wine and Roses and Other TV Requests</i>
1964:
Feature acting debut in the comedy "I'd Rather Be Rich" opposite Sandra Dee and Robert Goulet
1966:
Began a 20-year stint as a headliner at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, NV
1968:
Sang at the funeral of his close friend Robert F. Kennedy, for whom he had campaigned during his presidential run, and whom he had seen assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in June of that year; Columbia released the two singles Williams performed at the funeral, "Ave Maria" and "The Battle Hymn of the Republic"
1970:
Recorded the theme song to the drama feature "Love Story"
1971:
Began a multi-year hosting stint for the Grammy Awards
1971:
Starred in his first televised holiday special "The Andy Williams Christmas Show" (NBC); also executive produced
1982:
Starred in and executive produced "Andy Williams' Early New England Christmas"
1991:
Opened the Moon River Theatre in Branson, MO
1999:
Returned to the U.K. Top 10 with "Music to Watch Girls By"; single was used in television commercials for Fiat and Diet Pepsi
2003:
Recorded a duet of "Can┬┐t Take My Eyes Off You" with singer-actress Denise van Outen that reached the Top 40 in Europe and Asia
2004:
Featured in the PBS special "Andy Williams: My Favorite Duets"
2007:
Landed a multi-episode guest appearance on "As the World Turns" (CBS)
2009:
Compilation album <i>Moon River: The Very Best of Andy Williams</i> released on Columbia Records
2011:
Featured in the musical documentary "The Lennon Sisters: Same Song, Separate Voices"
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