Wednesday Video Spotlight: RIP Andy Williams
Andy Williams, the smooth-voiced crooner best known for the movie themes “Moon River” and “Love Story” as well as the holiday standard “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” died Tuesday night. He was 84.
Williams died at his home in Branson, Mo., following a yearlong battle with bladder cancer, according to the Associated Press.
According to the AP, the Iowa native became a major star in 1956, the same year as Elvis Presley, with the Sinatra-like swing number “Canadian Sunset.” For a time, he was pushed into such Presley imitations as “Lips of Wine” and the No. 1 smash “Butterfly.”
But Williams mostly stuck to what he called his “natural style” and kept crooning throughout his career.
Movie songs became a specialty, including his signature “Moon River.” The longing Johnny Mercer-Henry Mancini ballad was his most famous song, even though Audrey Hepburn performed it first in her cherished 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”
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