Skip to comments.Breaking: Publicist Confirms Andy Williams has Died
Posted on 09/26/2012 6:31:12 AM PDT by John W
BRANSON, Mo. -- Legendary crooner Andy Williams, has died, his publicist confirmed this morning. Williams had been battling bladder cancer. He died at his home in Branson.
Paul Shefrin issued this statement:
Legendary singer Andy Williams passed away last night (Tuesday) at home in Branson, Missouri following a year long battle with bladder cancer, it was announced by his family. Williams, 84, who also had a residence in La Quinta, California, is survived by his wife Debbie and his three children, Robert, Noelle and Christian. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network. For information go to http://www.bcan.org
I thought he died a few weeks ago.Sad...he did some good stuff.
Soooo sad. He seemed a good man.
Loved his voice (and his snowflake sweaters).
I am profoundly saddened by this news. The world is a better place for his having passed through; a sadder place for his having passed on. He had class — and that is a rare commodity in today’s world.
RIP Moon River.
“Canadian Sunset” brings back memories of better times for me.
I used to love his Christmas specials as a little girl.
I think if men knew how much women appreciate guys who can sing, there would be a whole lot more guys taking voice lessons.
Saw him a few years ago at his Moon River Theater in Branson. Still had great pipes. RIP
An Iowa boy who made good.
One of the first albums I ever had was Andy Williams......
Wow. We would sit for hours listening to the records my dad had of him.
Rest in Peace, Andy.
While close friends with the Democratic Kennedys, Williams is a lifelong Republican. On September 29, 2009, Williams was quoted by the Daily Telegraph as accusing President Barack Obama of “following Marxist theory” and “wanting the country to fail”. He gave Rush Limbaugh permission to use his recording of the song “Born Free” for the theme to the “Animal Rights Update” on his Limbaugh’s radio show in which a portion of the song is then followed by gunfire saying “Hey, it’s fine with me. I love what you’re doing with it.”
Rest in peace Mr. Williams.
I know he saw things from our side politically, but my uncle who worked in a hotel where lots of celebrities stayed found him to be one of the most arrogant and unpleasant men he ever met. Must’ve been pretty bad because he kept telling the story years after he retired, which he would not have done with most people.
Good singer. Good man. Murderess, Claudine Longet, didn’t deserve his loyalty.
I had that album. That was when you actually could understand the words in songs.
So long Andy. RIP.
Another celebrated and outwardly congenial crooner, Bing Crosby, also had a dark side.
I do not know the details of Andy’s death, but I do know that bladder cancer is very treatable if caught early.
If you see blood in your urine GO TO A DOCTOR.
If your doctor gives you antibiotics, GO TO A UROLOGIST.
In this case, modesty kills.
His version of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is my favorite Christmas tune.
“Moon River”. “Love Story”. “Born Free”. “It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year”.
The Andy Williams Christmas Special.
Memories of a childhood long past. The world is a gray place.
RIP, Andy, and thank you.
God bless, you, Andy Williams. And thank you on this Rosh Hashanah. May the sound of the shofar awaken us all from our slumbers and alert us to the coming judgment.
All those that paid a real tribute to Christmas and family are leaving us. Wonderful person with a great voice. Is indeed sad.
His greatest accomplishment was introducing the world to The Flying Silverman Brothers.
I once overheard my wife describing me to another woman. One
of the first things she mentioned was that I sang. I was
surprised that she found that important.
We listened to this tape on a summer vacation to Glacier Park and Banff.
He befriended those evil Osmonds and made them stars.
He was one of the greats.
I met Mr. Williams at my restaurant in the mid 70’s.. He had appeared at a concert here in Houston.. Upon arriving with a large group, I had to inform them that we had a waiting line that might take a bit of time..
He asked me if I was Italian.. I was really confused with the question, and knowing that the question was a bit rhetorical because, most folks say I am the embodiment of a typical Italian male.. cough.. Tall, dark, and handsome? You might think that, but only if you were Ray Charles..
No, it’s because my name reeks of garlic and oregano, and my name appeared everywhere there was room on any flat surface, and my waiters kiss my ring when I seat the customers at their station.. :)
He then asked me if he would have to wait if he were Frank Sinatra.. I response was “Frank who”, and we all laughed..
Anyway, several waiting customers volunteered to wave their position in line if he would take a picture with them, or sign an autograph, or sing a song for the gathering..
I was more than a little embarrassed and I started to intercept that line of question, but he smiled and put his hands up and questioned which would they want him to start with.. WHAT?
We had a wonderful ensemble of strolling violins, and after he had a few words with the leader, he began to sing, while walking table to table taking pictures and signing anything the grateful patrons put before him.. It was a magic evening with a gracious man and without question, a living legend..
Beautiful story, carlo3b
RIP Mr Williams!
I met him once. He was a sweet guy, and provided many a romantic soundtrack and happy times for families. God’s blessings to his own family and friends who are mourning the loss.
Thank you my dear FRiend.. Many so-called celebrities were far from friendly and most were obnoxious egomaniacs that caused major disruptions when they graced us with their unwelcome presence..
There were many pleasant surprises, but they were very few, and were already known with established reputations, and obvious talents.. The upstarts and flash-hitters, were predictable jerks..
Memories.. sigh.. :)
Sad news. RIP Mr. Williams.
Christmases haven't seemed as merry and bright the past four years :(
I think I'll watch Andy Williams' Christmas Special reruns, this year.
You never know. People go through phases... have bad moments. I cringe remembering times I have spoken rudely to my wife or friends. I like to give people the benefit of the doubt.
I just loved Moon River.
I grew up watching his shows. Mom had all his albums.
This is so sad. We loved Andy Williams. A true class act.
His style of singing is gone and the words that he sang are no longer written. What a pity. RIP Mr. Williams.
Rest in peace Mr. Williams.
Given the recent Neil Young/Neil Armstrong mixup, are we sure it wasn’t Andy Samberg who died?
Andy Williams & The Osmonds - Lida Rose (1964)
Introducing a very young Marie Osmond
Thanks for the memories, Andy. RIP
I juust read you post to my sister. She is a huge Andy Williams fan and it almost brought her to tears. He is a true loss. Thanks for posting and I hope you and yours are all great!
S&G, Andy Williams - Scarborough Fair / Canticle - Live
Andy Williams with Peter, Paul & Mary - Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Garota de Ipanema, Jobim & Williams