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September 26, 2012

Andy Williams, Beloved Singer and Variety Host

Williams was a hugely popular recording star when he launched his long-running television show, for which he earned two Primetime Emmy nominations.

Andy Williams, the popular singer who achieved fame as a recording artist and went on to become an enduring television star, died September 26, 2012, at his home in Branson, Missouri. He was 84.

According to news reports, the cause was cancer.

Williams, who was born December 3, 1927, in Wall Lake, Iowa, was perhaps best known for such songs as "Moon River" and "Can't Get Used to Losing You."

In the early 1990s he settled in Branson, where he continued to perform at his Moon River Theater into his eighties.

Williams had 18 gold record and three platinum hits and in his peak years was a regular on television with his own variety series.

His recording success established him as a national figure and brought television opportunities. He first began appearing on TV in the 1950s, and in 1962 he headlined his own variety series, The Andy Williams Show, which aired for nearly a decade and returned for many years as an annual Christmas special.

Williams received two Primetime Emmy nominations for his show.

Read about his life and career at:

People.com

Reuters

New York Times

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