Andy Williams, an 84 year old clean-cut,boyish-looking American crooner of easy listening and sentimental music had passed away on Sept. 25,2012 after dealing with bladder cancer which was announced by him on Nov. 4,2011 at his Moon River Theater in Branson,Missouri.
Known for his silky,smooth voice and his rendition of the musical score “Moon River”( used in the hit movie “Breakfast in Tiffany’s”) which won for him an Oscar Award as well as for his annual Christmas shows and albums, thus earning the monicker “Mr. Christmas” in his trademark red cardigan.
He had a very successful musical career and had surpassed most singers except for Frank Sinatra ,Elvis Presley and Johnny Mathis.He had 18 gold and 3 platinum albums as well as a TV variety show called “The Andy Williams Show” during 1962-1971. Because of his golden voice, he was considered as a national treasure by the late former U.S. President Ronald Reagan.
Even at the time of his death, he still kept performing since singing is his lifelong love while at the same time,bravely battling his illness. As they say, he died with his boots on.
His birthplace of Wall Lake, Iowa is constantly a tourist attraction. His current home in Branson, Missouri is also where his Moon River Theater is located and is already considered as a national site .Numerous shows are still being held there and the theater’s interior looks more like a tropical oasis in line with the milieu of the Ozark mountains.
In 2009, he released his memoir titled “Moon River and Me”.
To Mr. Williams, you will be missed. You left this world just 3 months before Christmas Day but you’ll live forever in our Yuletide memories when “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” is played as well as the rest of your songs in your Christmas albums.
Thank you for the music.
As I play your signature song “Moon River”, to paraphrase some lines from your songs, your fans will have a hard time getting used to losing you from this world.
Goodbye, my huckleberry friend. Rest in peace!