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Andy ‘Moon River’ Williams, Dies at 84

Submitted by on September 26, 2012 – 12:37 pm Comments

The man who sang the legendary song ‘Moon River’ in the 60’s is no more. He has died at the age of 84, after battling bladder cancer for some time now.  He died in Branson, where he spent much of his later life, regularly performing in his own Andy Williams Moon River Theatre. This year was his 75th in show business. The word ‘smooth’ immediately comes to mind when you think Andy Williams, the man was smooth not only in his delivery of songs, but also in every other sense of the word, no doubt his corn-fed goods looks also helped the cause.

His ever smiling face shall forever be etched in our memories. Besides ‘Moon River’, Andy Williams was also known for songs like ‘Where Do I Begin?’ and ‘Butterfly’. It’s interesting to note that, ‘Moon River’ was originally sung by Audrey Hepburn in the film ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s’, the song was written by Johnny Mercer and composed by the great Henry Mancini. But it was Andy’s rendition of ‘Moon River’ in the 1962 Academy Awards that, created waves and consequently made it his signature song. He also recorded it for a bestselling album and performed it on his own television show, which ran from 1962 to 1971.

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Andy began his solo career in 1953, but it didn’t immediately take off, despite his inherent talent. Eventually his third single, ‘Canadian Sunset’ reached No. 7 in the Top Ten in August 1956, and was soon followed by his Billboard No. 1 hit, “Butterfly” in February 1957.

Then there was no looking back and more hits followed, including ‘The Hawaiian Wedding Song’, ‘Are You Sincere’, ‘The Village of St. Bernadette’, ‘Lonely Street’, and ‘I Like Your Kind Of Love’ with Peggy Powers. Andy also sang the national anthem at Super Bowl VII in 1973 with Little Angels of Holy Angels Church in Chicago, Illinois. Andy 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.

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Nigel is a graduate from Birmingham University, Nigel has worked for about 8 years in the banking industry, until one day he discovered his passion for writing. It basically gives him the opportunity to enlighten himself about subjects and things that he normally might not come across.

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