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Andy Williams, National Treasure

Published: 9/26/2012

Ronald Reagan once called Andy Williams "a national treasure" – and millions of fans agreed. The world lost that national treasure last night, when Williams died after struggling with bladder cancer for the past year.

Andy Williams performs at a gala salute to Milton Berle, July 22, 2001, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo / John Hayes)

Andy Williams performs at a gala salute to Milton Berle, July 22, 2001, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo / John Hayes)

The crooner dazzled his fans on television – they loved his TV specials and his Emmy Award-winning variety show The Andy Williams Show

…On vinyl – 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

…On stage – both around the world and at his Andy Williams Moon River Theatre in Branson, Mo. 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.

…And in our hearts. We'll never forget his unmistakable renditions of our favorite songs… especially his signature classic, "Moon River."

Written by Linnea Crowther

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