Andy Williams, National Treasure
By: Linnea Crowther
5 years ago
Andy Williams performs at a gala salute to Milton Berle, July 22, 2001, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo / John Hayes)
Ronald Reagan once called Andy Williams "a national treasure" – and millions of fans agreed. The world lost that national treasure when Williams died Sept. 25, 2012, after struggling with bladder cancer.
The crooner dazzled his fans on television – they loved his TV specials and his Emmy Award-winning variety show The Andy Williams Show.
He was impressive in the recording studio as well. Of his 42 studio albums, 18 were certified gold, giving him the fourth highest number of gold albums, behind only Frank Sinatra, Johnny Mathis and Elvis Presley.
Fans loved him on stage too – both in performances around the world and at his Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson, Missouri. Williams was the first non-country act to hit Branson, a bold move that was discouraged by friends back home. But Williams – and his theater – became a huge success there, prompting others from the pop music world to follow.
We'll never forget Williams' unmistakable renditions of our favorite songs… especially his signature classic, "Moon River."