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Singer Andy Williams Dead At 84
CBSLA.com) ^ | September 26, 2012 6:34 AM

Posted on 09/26/2012 7:03:08 AM PDT by BenLurkin

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — American singer Andy Williams is dead at the age of 84.

Williams’ publicist Paul Shefrin confirmed the singer died Tuesday night at his home in Branson, Missouri following a year-long battle with battler cancer.

Williams recorded 18 Gold and three Platinum-certified albums, with hits that include “Canadian Sunset,” “Butterfly,” “Can’t Get Used to Losing You,” and most famously “Moon River.”

Williams also hosted The Andy Williams Show, a variety show from 1962 to 1971. He was most famous for his Christmas specials.

He was born in Wall Lake, Iowa on Dec. 3, 1927.

Williams married dancer Claudine Longet in 1961 and the couple had three children. They divorced in 1975, but remained friends.

He remarried in 1991 and moved to Branson with wife Debbie Meyer. While in Branson, Williams opened the Moon River Theater and continued preforming into his 80s.

The singer also had a home in La Quinta.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: andywilliams; moonriver; music; obituary

1 posted on 09/26/2012 7:03:13 AM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

RIP to a big star.


2 posted on 09/26/2012 7:05:27 AM PDT by Loud Mime (arguetheconstitution.com)
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To: BenLurkin

RIP, Andy. It’s not long until I start spinning his classic Christmas album again.


3 posted on 09/26/2012 7:06:04 AM PDT by Sans-Culotte ( Pray for Obama- Psalm 109:8)
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To: BenLurkin

following a year-long battle with battler cancer.

I thought he died of bladder cancer. Have no clue what battler cancer is.


4 posted on 09/26/2012 7:07:49 AM PDT by sheana
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To: BenLurkin

Sigh.


5 posted on 09/26/2012 7:08:05 AM PDT by stanne
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To: BenLurkin

RIP Andy “Mr. Moon River” Williams.


6 posted on 09/26/2012 7:10:38 AM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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To: sheana

Good catch.

I went back to the original website and there it was: battler cancer.

Methinks it was written in a hurry, but it’s still up.


7 posted on 09/26/2012 7:11:00 AM PDT by Loud Mime (arguetheconstitution.com)
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To: Loud Mime

Actually looks like it was written on an ipad or phone with auto correct. Happens to me all the time if I don’t check what was typed. lol


8 posted on 09/26/2012 7:14:04 AM PDT by sheana
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To: BenLurkin

One of the few singers I really enjoyed listening to.


9 posted on 09/26/2012 7:14:47 AM PDT by count-your-change (You don't have to be brilliant, not being stupid is enough.)
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To: sheana
Not my typo.

This time.

10 posted on 09/26/2012 7:18:05 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: BenLurkin

RIP, Andy.


11 posted on 09/26/2012 7:31:11 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: BenLurkin

RIP. He was originally from right here in Cincinnati.


12 posted on 09/26/2012 7:34:50 AM PDT by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: day10

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flm4xcOyiCo


13 posted on 09/26/2012 7:36:45 AM PDT by Free America52 (The White guys are getting pissed off. We beat Hitler Hirohito and Krushchev. Obama will be easy.)
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To: Sans-Culotte

I saw his Christmas show twice in Branson—it was worth every cent. Thanks, Andy for a great voice and a decent person.


14 posted on 09/26/2012 7:40:59 AM PDT by Conservativegreatgrandma
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To: BenLurkin

Moon River is still my favorite song, and no one could do the song justice, except Andy Williams.

Rest in peace, Mr. Williams.


15 posted on 09/26/2012 7:48:13 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: BenLurkin

RIP to a man with vast talent but who never took himself too seriously.

Film/TV composer extraordinaire Mike Post told a story about one of his first gigs in TV as musical director for the Andy Williams show. Williams readily confided in Post: ‘I’m a crooner. If you try to have me do dead-serious covers of current hit songs I’m going to be a laughingstock. So let’s keep it light and/or comedic.’ In addition, Williams yielded to Post’s suggestion that they pretape the music (for sound quality purposes) for Williams to mime later. I’m no fan of lip-synch but at least Williams’ ego didn’t get in the way.

His mentoring of the Osmonds is legendary. Of course, there may be some music industry mythology in the story similar to Diana Ross ‘discovering’ the Jackson 5 but the Osmonds have always acknowledged their debt to Williams.


16 posted on 09/26/2012 7:50:23 AM PDT by relictele
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To: BenLurkin

Originally, it was Andy Williams’ “Born Free” that Rush used for his “Animal Rights” update. Mr. Williams made a personal request to Rush to not use his song in that way, and Rush complied, probably over respect for the man’s decency.


17 posted on 09/26/2012 7:53:44 AM PDT by Dr. Sivana ("I have a new zest for life!"--Calvin from Las Vegas)
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To: day10

Williams was born and raised right down the road from me in Wall Lake, IA. One town over from where my Dad was born.


18 posted on 09/26/2012 8:00:06 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (If your only choice is evil, you've either died and gone to hell, or you're a Republican.)
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To: BenLurkin

As a kid I remember watching his Christmas specials... a couple of years ago I heard him on Hannity (I think) and he was very concerned about what was happening in this country. RIP to a great American.


19 posted on 09/26/2012 8:00:44 AM PDT by Newton (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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To: BenLurkin

RIP to a wonderful singer and an all-around decent man. He will be missed. It’s getting to that time of the year when one of the most loved Christmas songs will be played, “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” Hats off to you, Andy!


20 posted on 09/26/2012 8:05:45 AM PDT by mancini
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To: BenLurkin

Go and watch/listen to some of his youtube videos when he was in his prime. Wow, what a voice.


21 posted on 09/26/2012 8:06:39 AM PDT by Drawsing (The fool shows his annoyance at once. The prudent man overlooks an insult. (Proverbs 12:16))
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To: Loud Mime

I felt bad for him when his ex wife became a rampaging murderer in the 1970s.


22 posted on 09/26/2012 8:07:17 AM PDT by RochesterNYconservative (ROMNEY/RYAN 20121)
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To: EternalVigilance

Are you sure? Tha local stations here are all reporting he grew up in Cheviot and graduated from Western Hills HS.


23 posted on 09/26/2012 8:09:15 AM PDT by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: EternalVigilance

Are you sure? Tha local stations here are all reporting he grew up in Cheviot and graduated from Western Hills HS.


24 posted on 09/26/2012 8:10:48 AM PDT by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: Conservativegreatgrandma

Andy was also a life-long Republican. Many assumed he was a Democrat because of his career in the entertainment industry and friendship with RFK. Actually, he changed his registration to Democrat so he could attend the DNC in ‘68 as a delegate for RFK. After the Senator’s assassination, Williams switched his registration back to the GOP and remained a Republican until his passing.


25 posted on 09/26/2012 8:11:23 AM PDT by ExNewsExSpook
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To: RochesterNYconservative

wife, 13 yr old daughter and ski racer boyfriend in the house. Spyder ends up with a bullet in the gut

I don’t think anyone ever really knew what happend

However the good citizens of Aspen did fill up Claudine’s new Mercedes with bullsh+t the day she was acquitted


26 posted on 09/26/2012 8:12:31 AM PDT by silverleaf
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To: BenLurkin

Andy Williams was great. Nobody did the Christmas show like Andy (except maybe Perry Como).

Here is Andy at his best (with a couple of other guys):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pWyPhQkZNLw&feature=PlayList&p=2201A80138B1BEB6&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=36


27 posted on 09/26/2012 8:22:28 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: BenLurkin

Condolences to family and friends of Andy Williams. Terrific talent.


28 posted on 09/26/2012 8:22:42 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: BenLurkin

RIP, Andy.


29 posted on 09/26/2012 8:22:58 AM PDT by Gator113 (I would have voted for NEWT, now it's Ryan and the other guy.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: BenLurkin

Bush's Fault


30 posted on 09/26/2012 8:27:15 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Whatever a homosexual union might be or represent, it is not physically marital. - F.Cardinal George)
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To: BenLurkin

:: a year-long battle with battler cancer ::

Got editor?


31 posted on 09/26/2012 8:37:48 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: BenLurkin

to bad...great singer not afraid to speak out on the evils of obama...


32 posted on 09/26/2012 8:39:15 AM PDT by God luvs America (63.5 million pay no income tax and vote for DemoKrats...)
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To: mancini

Andy’s “Silver Bells” will always mean Christmas Season to me.


33 posted on 09/26/2012 8:41:37 AM PDT by Cletus.D.Yokel (Catastrophic Anthropogenic Climate Alterations - The acronym explains the science.)
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To: BenLurkin

Sorry to hear this. He was a good guy and a good singer/performer.


34 posted on 09/26/2012 8:43:08 AM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: RochesterNYconservative
To Mr. Williams’ credit, he stood by his ex-wife, even paying for her lawyer. I don't know too many people who would do all that for an ex-spouse. Most would let the ex rot in prison.
35 posted on 09/26/2012 8:54:13 AM PDT by fatnotlazy
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To: RochesterNYconservative
I felt bad for him when his ex wife became a rampaging murderer in the 1970s.

I just remember the tasteless SNL skit (written by Michael O'Donoghue, of course), for the "Claudine Longet Invitational Ski Tournament", where they would show skiers coming down then falling when shot by Claudine.

36 posted on 09/26/2012 8:59:11 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: BenLurkin

A really great singer.


37 posted on 09/26/2012 9:05:32 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: day10

I’ve driven past the signs at Wall Lake, IA a thousand times laying claim to him. :-)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Williams

Williams was born in Wall Lake, Iowa, the son of Jay Emerson and Florence (née Finley) Williams. He first performed in a children’s choir at the local Presbyterian church. Williams and his three older brothers Bob, Don, and Dick formed the Williams Brothers quartet in late 1938, and they performed on radio in the Midwest, first at WHO in Des Moines, Iowa, and later at WLS in Chicago and WLW in Cincinnati. Williams graduated from Western Hills High School in Cincinnati and his brother was engaged to Gene Ingram’s car-pool partner, Peggy. The Williams Brothers appeared with Bing Crosby on the hit record “Swinging on a Star” (1944). They appeared in four musical films: Janie (1944), Kansas City Kitty (1944), Something in the Wind (1947) and Ladies’ Man (1947). This led to a nightclub act with entertainer Kay Thompson from 1947 to 1951.


38 posted on 09/26/2012 9:09:48 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (If your only choice is evil, you've either died and gone to hell, or you're a Republican.)
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To: EternalVigilance

We’re both right. Born in IA and moved to Cincy at some point.


39 posted on 09/26/2012 9:11:22 AM PDT by day10 (Integrity has no need of rules.)
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To: Lancey Howard

Can’t watch. That world is gone.

RIP.


40 posted on 09/26/2012 9:15:20 AM PDT by Tuanedge
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To: Tuanedge
Can’t watch. That world is gone.

Yep, it's a faggot-Muslim world now.
RIP Andy
RIP America

41 posted on 09/26/2012 9:18:00 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: BenLurkin

One of my mother’s favorites, and though as I kid I thought his music a bit sappy it’s grown on me since, and I always loved his Christmas specials.

As we say in the Christian East: Memory Eternal!


42 posted on 09/26/2012 9:51:40 AM PDT by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
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To: BenLurkin
Strange . . . consider ex-wife Claudine Longet. She and Williams divorced in 1975 after 14 years and three kids. Longet shot her lover, Olympic skier “Spider” Sabich in 1976 and, with ex-hubby’s money and lawyers, turned the trial into another O.J. moment. She was eventually convicted of misdemeanor negligent homicide. Since then, Longet has dropped off the public radar. After the trial, Longet vacationed with her lawyer from the “Spider” Sabich trial, Ron Austin, while he was still married. Longet married Ron Austin in 1985.
43 posted on 09/26/2012 9:57:04 AM PDT by MasterGunner01
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To: BenLurkin

I thought he was dead.


44 posted on 09/26/2012 10:00:36 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: BenLurkin

His music will live forever.


45 posted on 09/26/2012 10:04:17 AM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong!)
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To: BenLurkin

S&G, Andy Williams - Scarborough Fair / Canticle - Live
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_T7HgZKZjo&feature=related

Andy Williams with Peter, Paul & Mary - Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=06k2rr6iRBs

Garota de Ipanema, Jobim & Williams
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfvECcCmAvA


46 posted on 09/26/2012 3:02:22 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (You cannot invade the mainland United States. There would be a rifle behind every blade of grass.)
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