Andy Williams

  • Born: December 3, 1927
  • Died: September 25, 2012
  • Location: Branson, Missouri

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Singer Andy Williams performs at the 93rd birthday and 88th year in show business gala salute to Milton Berle Sunday, July 22, 2001, in Beverly Hills, Calif.

'Moon River' crooner dies at age 84

BOB THOMAS, The Associated Press

BRANSON, Missouri (AP) — For the older — OK, squarer — side of the generation gap, Andy Williams was part of the soundtrack of the 1960s and '70s, with easy-listening hits like "Moon River," the "Love Story" theme and "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" from his beloved Christmas TV specials.

The singer known for his wholesome, middle-America appeal was the antithesis of the counterculture.

"The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren't there," Williams once recalled. "Well, I was there all right, but my memory of them is blurred — not by any drugs I took but by the relentless pace of the schedule I set myself."

The 84-year-old entertainer, who died Tuesday night at his Branson home following a yearlong battle with bladder cancer, outlasted many of the decade's rock stars and fellow crooners such as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. He remained on the charts into the 1970s and continued to perform into his 80s.

Williams 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 he mostly stuck to what he called his "natural style" and kept it up throughout his career. In 1970, when even Sinatra had temporarily retired, Williams was in the top 10 with the theme from "Love Story," the Oscar-winning tearjerker. He had 18 gold records, three platinum and five Grammy award nominations.

Williams was also the first host of the live Grammy awards telecast and hosted the show for seven consecutive years, beginning in 1971.

Movie songs became a specialty, including his signature "Moon River." The longing Johnny Mercer-Henry Mancini ballad was his most famous song, even though he never released it as a single because his record company feared such lines as "my huckleberry friend" were too confusing and old-fashioned for teens.

The song was first performed by Audrey Hepburn in the cherished 1961 film "Breakfast at Tiffany's," but Mancini thought "Moon River" ideal for Williams, who recorded it in "pretty much one take" and also sang it at the 1962 Academy Awards. Although "Moon River" was covered by countless artists and became a hit single for Jerry Butler, Williams made the song his personal brand. In fact, he insisted on it.

"When I hear anybody else sing it, it's all I can to do stop myself from shouting at the television screen, 'No! That's my song!'" Williams wrote in his 2009 memoir titled, fittingly, "Moon River and Me."

At a Wednesday matinee at Williams' Moon River Theatre in Branson, a performer told the crowd that Williams would have wanted the show to go on, and it did. The first show after his death included a moving video of him performing "Can't Take My Eyes Off of You."

"It was very emotional, very sad," said Barbara Cox of Atlanta, who came to Branson on vacation. "We've lost a great man."

Carol and Ruth Harding, sisters who traveled from suburban Denver to attend a second show Wednesday evening, said they've been Williams fans since they were teenagers. The women, both in their early 70s and married to brothers, said they'd seen him perform numerous times, including 10 trips to his Christmas show.

"It's not going to be the same without him," Ruth Harding said. "It's like losing a family member. He's been part of our family."

Because of illness, Williams had not performed in several months

He had been a constant presence on television with "The Andy Williams Show," which lasted in various formats through the 1960s and into 1971. It won three Emmys and featured Williams alternately performing his stable of hits and bantering with guest stars.

It was on that show that Williams — who launched his own career as part of an all-brother quartet — introduced the world to another clean-cut act — the original four singing Osmond Brothers of Utah. Four decades later, the Osmonds and Williams would find themselves in close proximity again, sharing Williams' theater in Branson.

Williams did book some rock and soul acts, including the Beach Boys, the Temptations and Smokey Robinson. On one show, in 1970, Williams sang "Heaven Help Us All" with Ray Charles, Mama Cass and a then-little known Elton John, a vision to Williams in his rhinestone glasses and black cape. But Williams liked him and his breakthrough hit "Your Song" enough to record it himself.

For many families, Williams and his music were a holiday tradition. His annual Christmas specials continued long after his show ended, featuring Williams dressed in colorful sweaters singing favorites that almost always included "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," a song written for Williams that became a holiday standard.

Williams' act was, apparently, not an act. The singer's unflappable manner on television and in concert was mirrored offstage.

"I guess I've never really been aggressive, although almost everybody else in show business fights and gouges and knees to get where they want to be," he once said. "My trouble is, I'm not constructed temperamentally along those lines."

His wholesome image endured one jarring interlude.

In 1976, his ex-wife, former Las Vegas showgirl Claudine Longet, shot and killed her lover, skiing champion Spider Sabich. The Rolling Stones mocked the tragedy in "Claudine," a song so pitiless that it wasn't released until decades later. Longet, who said the slaying was an accident, spent only a week in jail. Williams stood by her. He escorted her to the courthouse, testified on her behalf and provided support for her and their children, Noelle, Christian and Robert.

Also in the 1970s, Williams was seen frequently in the company of Ethel Kennedy, Robert Kennedy's widow. The singer denied any romantic involvement.

He was born Howard Andrew Williams in Wall Lake, Iowa, on Dec. 3, 1927, and began performing with older brothers Dick, Bob and Don in the local Presbyterian church choir. Their father, postal worker and insurance man Jay Emerson Williams, was the choirmaster and the force behind his children's career.

When Andy was 8, Williams' father arranged for the kids to have an audition on Des Moines radio station WHO's Iowa Barn Dance. They were initially turned down but kept returning until they were finally accepted. The show attracted attention from Chicago, Cincinnati and Hollywood. Another star at WHO was a young sportscaster named Ronald Reagan, who would later praise Williams as a "national treasure."

The brothers later worked with Kay Thompson, a singer who eventually became famous for the "Eloise" children's books. She had taken a position as vocal coach at MGM studios, working with Judy Garland, June Allyson and others. After three months of training, Thompson and the Williams Brothers broke in their show at the El Rancho Room in Las Vegas, drawing rave reviews and as much as $25,000 a week.

After five years, the three older brothers, who were starting their own families, had tired of the constant travel and left to pursue other careers.

Williams initially struggled as a solo act and was so broke at one point that he resorted to eating food intended for his two dogs.

A two-year TV stint on Steve Allen's "Tonight Show" and a contract with Cadence Records turned things around. Williams later formed his own label, Barnaby Records, which released music by the Everly Brothers, Ray Stevens and Jimmy Buffett.

Williams was a lifelong Republican who once accused President Barack Obama of "following Marxist theory." But he acknowledged experimenting with LSD, opposed the Nixon administration's efforts in the 1970s to deport John Lennon and in 1968 was an energetic supporter of Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign.

When Kennedy was assassinated in Los Angeles in June 1968, just after winning the California Democratic primary, Williams sang "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" at his funeral.

"We chose that song because he used it on the campaign trail," Williams later said of Kennedy, who had been a close friend. "He had a terrible voice, but he loved to sing that song. The only way I got through singing in church that day was by saying, 'This is my job. I can't let emotion get in the way of the song.' I really concentrated on not thinking about him."

After giving up touring, he settled in Branson, with its dozens of theaters featuring live music, comedy and magic acts, and was among the first wave of national entertainers to perform there regularly.

When he arrived in 1992, the town was dominated by country music, but Williams changed that with his classy, $13 million theater in the heart of the entertainment district, where he did two shows a night, six days a week, nine months of the year. Only in recent years did he cut back to one show a night. His most popular time was Christmas.

Not everyone in Hollywood accepted his move to the Midwest. "The fact is most of my friends in LA still think I'm nuts for coming here," he told The Associated Press in 1998.

He and his second wife, the former Debbie Haas, divided their time between homes in Branson and Palm Springs, California, where he spent his leisure hours on the golf course when Branson's theaters were dark during the winter months following Christmas.

Retirement was not on his schedule. As he told the AP in 2001: "I'll keep going until I get to the point where I can't get out on stage."

Williams is survived by his wife and his three children.

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Thomas reported from Los Angeles. AP Entertainment Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody contributed to this report from Nashville, Tennessee.

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The Associated Press, The Associated Press

Quotes reflecting on the memory of crooner Andy Williams, who died Wednesday in Branson, Mo., after a yearlong battle with cancer. He was 84.

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"Andy Wiliams' smooth voice and casual style turned the songs he sang into timeless classics and made him one of America's top pop singers. ... The entertainment industry has lost a giant piece of its living history today, but Williams' legacy will forever be enshrined in the annals of music and television." — Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the Recording Academy.

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"We've lost a very special man today. He personified to me, for the country, a style of grace, dignity and class with everything he did. ... He had an ability to make everything seem balanced and perfect and, you know, we've lost a great American treasure." — singer Tony Orlando.

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"He was a wonderful person. He befriended me when I was just a teenager starting out in show business, and we remained friends throughout the years. I regret that we didn't have the chance to spend more time together. He was one of the great voices and great people of our time." — Smokey Robinson.

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"He gave me singing advice that I've applied to my entire career. He told me, 'Don't take singing lessons. Do breathing exercises." He would tell me to practice swimming the length of a pool underwater to increase my lung capacity. Because of Andy, I'm able to do power songs like "World Goes Round" in our Las Vegas show." — Marie Osmond.

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"Andy was a dear friend of mine, and we've known each other since we were kids in Cincinnati. He and his brothers sang and of course, so did I, and often I would go over to their house and we would sing together. They asked me to join their group, but my vocal coach thought I should be out on my own and so that's what I did. Andy and I kept in touch over the years and just recently, even when he was so sick, he wrote to congratulate me on my new CD. He was such a sweet, thoughtful man, and I will miss him dearly." — Doris Day.

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"They didn't understand why Andy, who could live anywhere he wanted to live, would choose a rural community in southwest Missouri. But he enjoyed bringing people in and saying, 'Look, here is what I've created.'" — Raeanne Presley, mayor of Branson, Mo., on Williams' friends who were puzzled by his decision to settle in the city in the early 1990s and build a theater there.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I have performed Mr. Williams' arrangements on keyboard for four decades. Audience recognition of Andy's recorded albums shows his lasting professional gift to American society. Among the best singers in the 20th century, his legacy endures.

Posted by Paul Spitzfaden - Metairie, LA - Acquaintance   June 04, 2016

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9-25-15 Wow- its been 3 yrs. since Andy's passing just seems like yesterday. I still play his music whether its Christmas or not Fan from Deerfield Beach Florida Susie

Posted by Susan Crawford - Deerfield Beach, FL - long tiime fan   September 25, 2015

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Posted by Ayesha - EFvIWghr, OR - w1TJ3AnnU   April 12, 2015

ANDY WILLIAMS IN MY MIND WAS A VERY CLASSY MAN,AS WELL AS A VERY TALLENTED SINGER.I WILL FOREVER MISS HIS VOICE LIVE HE WAS ONE OF THE BEST....R.I.P

Posted by RODERICK WATTS - HURLEY MS, MS - FRIEND   February 23, 2015

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Happy 3rd birthday in heaven Andy, Dec, 3rd. This would have been your 87th birthday had you lived. This is the 3rd Christmas without you, I'm sure your making sweet music up there with the angels. I'm already listening to your Christmas cd's at work. Susie long time fan Deerfield Beach Florida

Posted by Susie - Deerfield Beach, FL - long time fan   December 06, 2014

I miss the beautiful smooth voice of Andy Williams. Especially the Christmas music. I was blessed to see a Christmas show he performed in Tucson Arizona.it will always be a special memory. I listen to his CD,,s. Every day. The music makes my heart feel warm memories. May Andy rest in peace. And know he will live on in our hearts fotever.

Posted by Elizabeth Gluck - Glendale, AZ - fan   November 29, 2014

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9-25-14 Well, today is the 2 yr. anniversary of Andy's death. Where does the time go? Just seems like yesterday. The holidays are fast coming up on us, and I'll be looking forward to listening to Andy's Christmas cd's real soon. Of course I have a lot of his other cd's to listen to during the yr. He may be gone but his spirit still lives on Miss you Andy! Susie long time fan

Posted by Susie Crawford - Deerfield Beach, FL - long time devoted fan   September 25, 2014

Every day is a good day for me because your magnificent voice fills my world. My happiest moments are spent singing along with you...Manet, Monet & Degas! As I look back, I realize that I was born attuned to your frequency. I was a third grader in 1963 when I first heard your voice and watched you sing your heart out on your television show. Children can fall in love. I did. I wrote to you constantly during that decade. When I received the photo shown, I was up in my pink cloud for years! I cherish that photograph. Thank you so much for making the little girl that I once was, feel so very special. When I saw you live, in concert outdoors, I thought my entire body was going to explode from sheer joy! Thank you for your music and your show and your smile and your sparkling eyes. I would have given away everything just to meet you. You have given me and so many people on this planet a happy heart. I hope your heart was happy too.

Posted by Toby Jae - Valley Forge, PA - Lifelong Fan   October 03, 2013

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Hard to believe that Andy's been gone a whole year already. God only knows how much not so much myself but his other fans as well that we all miss him I guess we've all learned to accept the fact that he's no longer with us its still going to take a little getting used to. Christmases just won't be the same without him We all know he's at peace and with his Mom and Dad his sister Janie his 2 brothers Buddy(he was deceased when he was an infant)that's why I'm sure that a lot of people never knew about him and his other brother Bob R I P Andy

Posted by Susie - Deerfield Beach, FL - a devoted long time fan   September 24, 2013

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9-20-13 Its hard to believe that Andy's one yr anniversary is next week on the 25th already At work I have my own little tribute to him a autographed picture that he signed for me and a couple of pictures that I got off the internet images and I have just about every cd and play them on my cd player Andy, I truly miss you you have been my #1 entertainer since I was 10 yrs old (1965) you'll always be remembered forever

Posted by Susie - Deerfield Beach, FL   September 21, 2013

Andy Williams MAY YOUR SOUL RIP FOREVER YOUR BE FOREVER MISS AMEN YOU WERE A GREAT COUNTY SINGER WHILE YOU WERE ALIVE MY PRAYS ARE WITH YOUR FAMILY

Posted by RONALDJOHNVLKJR - CICERO, IL   April 27, 2013

Andy,Christmas was saddened this year. I cannot even begin to tell you how very much we all missed seeing you perform your Christmas show.My heart ached but I was at your theatre as always for your birthday.Throughout each day I frequently say a prayer for Debbie and the rest of your family. My sadness comes no where close to the sorrow they must be feeling. I love you and always will. You are a part of my life and my family's forever.

Posted by Sue Bradbury&Art,Faith,Hope,Charlie - Darien, IL - Fans and friends   December 29, 2012

Andy, I will miss you at Christmas with your music. You were my favorite singer. I saw you twice at the Kellogg Arena here in Battle Creek. You were very nice when we talked.
You will be missed a lot.
Nancy Majesky

Posted by Nancy Majesky - Battle Creek, MI - fan   October 30, 2012

MY FAMILY & I HAVE THE BEST CHRISTMAS MEMORY OF ANDY IN ERIE, PA. HE CALLED ALL THE CHILDREN ON STAGE TO SING TO THEM AND MY DAUGHTER HOLLY(AGE 6 AT THE TIME) WENT RIGHT UP - EACH CHILD GOT A CANDY CANE & SHE STILL HAS IT TODAY & PUTS IT OUT EVERY CHRISTMAS! SHE IS NOW 29 YEARS OLD!!! CHERISHED MEMORIES OF ANDY WILLIAMS WILL LAST FOREVER!!!!!

Posted by RON RICHARDS - CONNEAUT, OH - FATHER   October 16, 2012

Andy I miss you. Thank you for all the sweet memories. I met you backstage several times and you were always so kind, so polite, such a beautiful person. Rest in peace. Ana, Mexico City

Posted by Ana Flores - Mexico - fan   October 15, 2012

I wanted so badly to see him in person in Branson but I never made it. I will always regret that. He will be missed by many generations. I am 50 and I absolutely love "Sleigh Ride" that is my all time favorite Christmas song. It always gives me a warm and loving feeling for Andy Williams. I made sure my daughter knew and loved him too. I hope we will keep him with us always. We love you Andy...and will miss you. God Bless you and your family.

Posted by Sherri - Garland, TX   October 11, 2012

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Andy Rest in Peace! You gave us more than we could ever give back. Lovely memories. Condolences
to your wife and family.

Posted by Deborah Burroughs - CA - Long time menber of his fan club   October 10, 2012

I am a fan and even tho I lived near Branson I never got the chance to hear you live, I'm sure it would have been a wonderful experience. You will be remembered always and greatly missed. I'm glad I still have the albums to remember you by and hear the wonderful sound of your voice. Rest in Peace you have earned it!

Posted by Nancy Clouse - Elkins, AR - Not related, a fan   October 08, 2012

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You were a true gentleman, Andy, and had a truly golden voice - it was a pleasure to meet you and attend your concerts. Your voice will live on!! RIP xxx

Posted by Susan Middler - Aberdeen, Scotland - Fan   October 06, 2012

A great legend has departed. R.I.P Andy Williams. It was a pleasure to have met you.

Posted by Adele Griffin-Flood - Lucan, Co Dublin   October 06, 2012

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Andy Williams is a great singer who will
always be remembered.

The song I listen to the most is "CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU."

R.I.P

Posted by Brian Dunn - fan   October 03, 2012

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Will really miss you Andy, rest in peace!!

Posted by Jowanna    October 03, 2012

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R.I.P. Mr. Andy Williams

Posted by RUBY L Hart-Aulderman - Friend   October 03, 2012

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What a performer! When I came to the US, my foster mother loved Andy Williams so I loved him too. Have all his albums. A great loss to the world and the music industry. Miss you Andy and rest in peace.

Posted by Nelia - Fan   October 03, 2012

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I loved your singing and Moon River was and is a favorite of mine.

Posted by Jo Anne - One of his many fans   October 02, 2012

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Your music will alway fill my heart. RIP Andy. You were well loved.

Posted by Sharona - fan   October 02, 2012

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My thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of Andy Williams, especially his wife, children,and grandchildren. A beautiful voice has been silenced, and yet whenever I hear his music my heart is warmed by the sweet memories they conjure. My darling mother had all his albums, and played them constantly. She sang along with them and soon we all did, whether it was just around the house or taking a cross-country car trip for vacation. They provided the soundtrack to some of the happinest moments of my life, and for that I will be forever grateful. I remember as a little girl watching his television show as well, and what a kind and dear man he seemed to be. His closing song, "May Each Day", was so special to my mother she requested it be the last song played at her funeral. God has called Andy Williams home, but may we always remember him with a smile and may his music continue to touch the lives of people everywhere.

Posted by Ashley Kath-Bilsky    October 02, 2012

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I grew up listening to Andy Williams's Christmas music. I was lucky enough to see his Christmas show in Branson.

Posted by Linda - Fan   October 02, 2012

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The velvet texture of his voice added such depth to the lyrics of any song he sang

Posted by Karolyn - Fan   October 02, 2012

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MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE WILLIAMS FAMILY
THANK YOU FOR SHARING YOUR LOVED ONE WIH ALL OF US

LOVE AND PRAYERS
JEAN KOZOWSKI

Posted by jean kozlowski - fan   October 02, 2012

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I hope and pray your soul is in Heaven now. You were great here on this Earth and I'm sure your great in Heaven. My sad feelings for your family.

Posted by Darrell Simon - Fan   October 02, 2012

When I was little, in the 60s, I loved the sound of Andy Williams' voice. In the early 70s, in high school, my friends were buying me his albums instead of all the crazy noise that was hard rock. Yesterday, my mom and I were out and about listening to music in the car on TAPE and there was his unmistakably beautiful voice wrapping its warmth around me. I will always treasure the sound of his voice when I hear him singing. His music is awesome; his contributions..a legacy.

Posted by Cindy Mathias - kron, OH - lifetime fan   October 02, 2012

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Moon River was my mother's favorite song. I bought that album for her as a young girl. My mother has since past on, leaving that song as a loving reminder of a precious gift of my mother.
Mr. Williams set the tone for the the gentle men that I learned to love. His beautiful voice was an expression of the loving being within. The world increased in value by his self expression. I was a lucky girl to have such a role model. Those "crushes" linger a life time. "Two drifter off to see the world"...ride the river to the moon:}

Posted by Cookie - admirer   October 02, 2012

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Andy left a wonderful legecy. His music, and Tv.show were just wonderful. BUT ANDY WILLIAMS WAS VERY NICE MAN AND A GOOD ROLE MODEL FOR HIS KIDS AND ALL OF US WHO GREW UP WITH HIS MUSIC...God's Blessings to his family and all his dear friend. His msic will live on.....

Posted by Rebecca Wold - long time fan   October 02, 2012

Unlike may artists who tend to fall in and out of one's favor as our taste in music changes between childhood and adulthood, Andy was always my favorite vocalist. Ever since my father played his albums when I was in grade school through today, I have never heard a vocalist who could sing with his clarity from the lowest tones to the glass-shattering high notes. When I finally got to see him perform in Branson, he was in his late 70's. I was amazed how he could still belt out those high octives with perfection.

He will be truly missed.

Posted by bryansburgess - Rowlett, TX - Fan   October 02, 2012

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Loved this man!!! He was my childhood idol. I had his pictures all over my room. I saw him perform twice. What a privilege. What a loss!! You will be missed Andy, but you will always be in all of my Christmas's to come. Thank you for all you gave and for all you are leaving behind for all of us.

Posted by Robin - Fan   October 02, 2012

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Our condolences to the Andy Williams family. We attended his Christmas show every year for many years. We will miss him greatly.

Posted by Barron and Nell Wells - Fan   October 02, 2012

I find it amazing how music can affect so many of our lives. A particular Andy Williams song can take me back 40 years to when I was a small child and I can hear my Mom in the kitchen and smell her wonderful cooking as she sang along to her favorite singer. I always thought my Mom would marry Andy Williams...t h e perspective of life as a young boy. How can we ever say thanks or express all that his music meant to all of us? A Huckleberry friend...yes indeed.

Posted by Kevin Eggers    October 02, 2012

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R.I.P. Mr. Williams, sorry I never got the chance to see you perform! <3>

Posted by Courtney Lakey - fan   October 02, 2012

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I was lucky enough to have a mother who taught me to love great singers and Andy was a great man and singer. I loved his Christmas specials and saw his live performances in St. Louis and Branson. He will be missed but his music will live on.

Posted by Joyce - Fan   October 02, 2012

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Andy Williams was one of my very favorites.I saw him in person in Frankfort, Ky. in 1973. What a wonderful concert!

Betty McFarland

Posted by Betty McFarland - fan   October 02, 2012

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Because my mom like his song I grow up and love his song too.I will never forget the show in Branson. God bless him

Posted by Camelia Chelsoi    October 02, 2012

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We have been to his Christmas show in Branson 4 times, front row center. He has been a staple all of our lives. He is already missed.hristmas will not be the same. Thank goodness for DVD's. Debbie and the family, you are in our prayers.

Posted by Hu - fan   October 02, 2012

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Andy Williams was funny, smooth,handsome,cool and geneous with his talent. The Andy Williams Christmas specials were my favorite show to watch, he made it all seem so easy and carefree. My parents loved him and so did I. Andy God Bless your spirit.

Maria fan, Minneapolis, MN

Posted by Maria    October 02, 2012

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His great talent and personality will sorely be missed. Beautiful voice. Every song he sings is easy to love and enjoy.

Posted by Joe - a longtime fan   October 01, 2012

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My absolute favourite singer while growing up. Andy, you were an American National Treasure!!! What a voice!

Posted by Sharon Bertolone - fan   October 01, 2012

The greatest voice ever is now singing for the angels in Paradise. I will always love you, Andy. Youre simply unforgettable. Condolences to your family. ;(

Posted by Dianne - Austin, MN - fan   October 01, 2012

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Andy you will be sorely missed,your breathtaking voice and music will live on in my forever,thankyou for making my life that more romantic...You were loved Andy and will be sorely missed

Posted by Margaret    October 01, 2012

You were one of the best. The last of the big band era. Your music will be with us for always. RIP.

Posted by Joran    October 01, 2012

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My Dad was a singer & had a very similar voice. He sang at many affairs in NY & was always asked to sing 'Moon River'. Later on in years, my Dad was called Mr. Moon River. Thank for the memories.

Posted by Joan    October 01, 2012

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Been a huge fan ever since I was little. My father took me to his concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London in the late 1970's. I still remember it clearly. Far and away my favorite singer ever. He will be missed.

Posted by Annie Chace - Fan   October 01, 2012

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This is for Andy from my daughter, Angel, who loved him dearly. From the time she was two years old, she sang all of his songs. So glad we got to see him in person in Syracuse, NY.

Posted by Kathleen Weeks - Fan   October 01, 2012

Andy was my favorite number one favorite singer. I saw him twice in person at the Kellogg Arena.
Rest in peace Andy
Nancy Majesky

Posted by Nancy Majesky - Battle Creek, MI - fan   October 01, 2012

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You will be greatly missed, Mr. Williams, but your music will live on.

Posted by Kristina - Fan   October 01, 2012

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Loved Andy Williams

Posted by Jimmie Walker - fan   October 01, 2012

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I grew up with Andy's music playing in my child hood home. My Mother was a big fan of his music, I believe she has every record album he ever made. I was in Branson last year and wanted to see his show but missed out, I am heart-fully sorry to hear of his passing, he will be missed but his music will live on for ever.

Posted by Michael Malcolm    October 01, 2012

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RIP Mr. Williams

Posted by Shirley Brewer - a fan   October 01, 2012

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Andy's velvet voice has been my favorite for fifty years. I went to many of his concerts and was overwhelmed each time. He will be missed forever.

Posted by LaVelle Martin - Someone I have always admired.   October 01, 2012

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Your songs will live on in our hearts!

Posted by Dee - Fan   October 01, 2012

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Debbie and family, you are being held in prayer for your loss. Andy will be missed so very much, but I know he is being held in the presence of our Lord. How comforting that is for us all. Hopefully we will all get to say goodbye in community love, in Branson. Love and prayers to you, Carol Jones

Posted by Carol Jones - 55 year fanfriend   October 01, 2012

Thank you, Andy, for making so many Christmas holidays truly the most wonderful time of the year. When your songs come on the radio this year, we will think of you and perhaps shed a tear. You sang the soundtack of our lives, and we will always be grateful.

Posted by Michael Rogers - OKC, OK   October 01, 2012

Your music meant a lot to our family. Now, you are with Jesus and you can thank Him for your great voice and beautiful blue eyes. We love you and you will be missed here.
Lynn

Posted by lynn stanley - St. Louis, MO - fan   October 01, 2012

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I looked forward to Andy's television show years ago, so I was thrilled beyond words when Andy came to Branson and within hours of drive time from my home. I made a point of seeing his shows at The Moon River every year...sometimes twice a year. Every show was as special as Andy. My friend, Colleen (also an Andy fan) and I sat in the second row for years; and after Andy would sing and come to the front of the stage and bow, the theater would be quiet for a brief moment...all until we screamed "We love you, Andy!" in our loudest voices. This was an October tradition for us; then a return visit for the wonderful Christmas show. I also brought my grandchildren to see the Christmas shows. When Deanne was little, she proudly wore a shirt that said, "My grandma is an Andy fan. Now I am one too." His voice was/is smooth and unique I will enjoy his many CDs, DVDs, and VHS tapes as long as I live. May God rest his sweet soul in a beautiful, warm, and heavenly place. I love you, Andy. Just wish you could've won your battle with cancer. i know you tried.

Posted by Jackie Krafft - Just a longtime fan   October 01, 2012

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Thanks for the beautiful songs that filled our house. My parents loved your songs. We grew up on the songs. I will always treasure all the memories. May the Lord keep you in a special place for all eternity.

Posted by Brenda - fan   October 01, 2012

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Andy was my favorite singer. I had the privelage of meeting him in person in Branson. We have always played his Christmas music in our home during the holidays. He was kind enough to talk to my
mother who was 94 after his show in Branson one night and she was thrilled beyond words.

Posted by Jayne Urbah - Fan   October 01, 2012

Always had a crush on Andy Williams.....so handsome and gentle. Last night while I listened to his music, I became overwhelmed with sadness. Funny how you can feel close to someone you never met. His beautiful voice and warmth will continue on, awesome to have been on earth with a legend. Thank you, Andy Williams, for being a class act.

Posted by Ann P. Wilwerding    October 01, 2012

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Andy, Wall Lake, IA has lost a true son & friend. My Dad remembers you & your brothers when you lived there. The town is so proud of you & your home is now a local treasure. I was in Branson last Nov.'11 & signed your huge get well poster in your theater. Wished we could have seen you in person. I loved watching your TV shows & especially your Christmas shows because you brought all of your family & relatives to participate. We will miss you but we all have your music to remember you by. Say hello to my dad if you see him. I miss him so much.

Maureen Wenzel Vonnahme
Vail, IA

Posted by Maureen Wenzel Vonnahme - Wall Lake, IA fan   October 01, 2012

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I've been a fan since I was a child. I took my mother to see Andy twice in concert. What a fabulous entertainer he was. Wonderful human being. No one will ever replace you Andy. God Bless You. Anita

Posted by Anita    October 01, 2012

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I don't remember a Christmas without the music of Andy Williams and have raised my own children on his beautiful voice and timeless Christmas songs. He is definitely our family favorite and has been a huge part of so many special Christmas memories. Prayers for his family and friends. He was truly a blessing and will be fondly remembered by our family, both this Christmas and for many years to come.

Posted by SB - lifelong fan   October 01, 2012

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you will be remembered forever. rest in peace

Posted by manuel - patronizer   October 01, 2012

I collected Andy Williams albums while my friends collected the Beatles and Rolling Stones. I feel about this loss the way others reacted to the loss of Elvis and John Lennon. I got to see him live only once, but it has lasted me a lifetime, and I will never, ever stop listening to his golden voice! Thank You, Andy, and RIP.

Posted by Janet Clere - San Antonio, TX - Fan   October 01, 2012

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Andy Williams will live on in our hearts and homes forever through his beautiful music. He was loved by so many and will be joyfully remembered always.

Posted by Irene M. Jabry - Lifelong Fan   October 01, 2012

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His voice will live forever!

Posted by Patty galindo - Fan   October 01, 2012

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Andy Williams made my memories come alive each Christmas. My grandfather would listen to Andy every Christmas, and I grew up listening and carrying on the very same tradition. As I was scanning the obits in my home town paper; I seen that he had passed away. Long time ago I was fortunate to see Andy Williams sing at the Fox Theatre in St. Louis, MO. I enjoyed his voice immensely. His voice gave everyone a special gift when he sang. God Bless you Andy!

Posted by Sharon Sandheinrich - fan   October 01, 2012

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I have always enjoyed your beautiful voice and wonderful Moon River Theater. My daughter walked down the aisle at the Jewel Box in St Louis, Mo. this past March to the melody of Moon River. May each day of your life be a good one and good night.

Posted by tina - big fan   October 01, 2012

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I grew up to your christmas shows, have all your songs in my ipod. Your songs get me thru the day at work. I was so glad to see you perform in Branson, it was a wish I had for years. Thank you for your gift of song, now I know you are singing in Heaven.

Posted by chris henning - fan   September 30, 2012

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+Thank you for your wonderful music that will last forever. Saw you at the Moon River Theater, and loved it- and YOU!

Posted by Ann Weigler - friend   September 30, 2012

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I Love him so much. He sings so beautiful.
Rest in peace.
Marlene Lodi CA

Posted by Marlene Gould - Fan   September 30, 2012

Remember Andy Williams growing up as a young child. It is truly sad to see those that have touched your heart from watching shows that made you laugh and smile. You know someday we all will have to die but it doesn't make it any easier when you see ones you cherish or have enjoyed watching pass away. May family and friends gain some comfort from the one that brings comfort to us all because soon one day we will no longer have to deal with death. Rev. 21:4.

Posted by Sharon - Hiram, GA - Fan   September 30, 2012

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lve the man...love the music

Posted by mary - fan   September 30, 2012

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God Bless you Andy & Keep you


Mia A Kasper

Whitehouse Station NJ

Posted by Mia - fan   September 30, 2012

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I have loved you since Butterfly and still have the 45. Your voice is at the.top of wonderful along with Nat and Frank. Thanks for Branson, TV and making my life much happier. You soothe, sweetheart. Sympathy to your family. Sing with the angels...t

Posted by Carolyn Halbert - friend   September 30, 2012

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The music you brought to my life lingers forever. You were the top of the heap! Thank God you can continue to fill the airwaves with your voice FOREVER!

Posted by lorraine - fan   September 30, 2012

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Thank you for all the music, it continuously fills my heart and soothes my soul. Thank you for the many shows & concerts I have attended. My deepest sympathies to your family. We will all feel the loss.

Posted by Dee Cirilli - Fan   September 30, 2012

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great man and singer my heart goes out to family and friends

Posted by gerry chance    September 30, 2012

My condolences to Debbie, Christian, Noelle, Bobby and families during this difficult time,

Gary

Posted by Gary English - Warsaw, Poland - Friend   September 30, 2012

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Thank you Andy for what you meant to me and the music that fed my soul. When you left us...we became alone. May God bless you and keep you.

Posted by David Hodak - fan   September 30, 2012

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The moon will be shinning over the river tonight with love we will miss you.

Posted by heidi hundelt - fanydkal   September 30, 2012

I remember doing Sunday drives with my parents as a child in New England With the eight track playing Andy's music. Those tunes and Andy's smooth pleasing stylish timeless voice echo through my head to this day. I'll never forget those times nor Andy. Thank you. Rest in peace, Love and harmony

Posted by Ed Mumford - Houston, TX   September 30, 2012

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I always admired your gift of music Andy Williams. God bless your family, and the loss they must be feeling. You will always be remembered for all the years you came into the hearts of your fans. RIP

Posted by Linda Mitchell    September 30, 2012

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Andy...my favorite singer since I was 10. My godfather worked on your show so we saw you many times. Your brother was a friend of my Dad. You were an integral part of our musical experience. Moon River, for 45 years, is the song my best friend and I have played incessantly in honoring our bond as "huckleberry friends". My heart hurts knowing you are no longer with us. You are dearly missed, but now you can sing with your "huckleberry friends" and wow the angels like you did for us!!! Our love and prayers are with your family...

Posted by Debbie P,    September 30, 2012

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I was 12 when I remember watching Andy's tv show with my dad. I had a crush on him. He had the most beautiful blue eyes. My dad was a musician and had an organ in our home so I learned to play Moon River. Andy you were and are a beautiful man. I will see you again when we are in heaven. My dad is up there with you now and he is playing your music as you sing for everyone. God Bless You My Sweet and Handsome Friend. Love Bonnie Murphy

Posted by bonnie murphy    September 30, 2012

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When yiu speak of beatiful musuc and want to know what it sounds like, you only need to listen to Andy Williams.

Posted by Tomas Perez - An avid fan and followee   September 30, 2012

I loved his music I was 10 years old when I first heard moon river he will be missed.god bless you andy williams.

Posted by Deb witt - Northglenn, CO - i grew up with his music .   September 30, 2012

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Thanks for the many years of wonderful music Andy. The world is a better place because of your music and your beautiful songs will live on for generations to come.

Posted by Gayle Stewart - Fan   September 30, 2012

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I HAD THE FORTUNE TO SPENT 18 YEARS WORKING WITH ANDY. ANDY TREATED THE ENTIRE CREW AS A HUGH FAMILY, AND WE ALL LOVED HIM. HE WILL BE MISSED MORE THAN WORDS CAN SAY. HEAVEN HAS A BRIGHTER STAR NOW.
LOVE SANTA

Posted by DOUGLAS LYNN SHELTON - COACH DRIVER FOR ANDYS ROAD SHOW   September 30, 2012

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Thank You Andy,for all the memories and the beautiful music. You were a part of my childhood from the 60's on and you were an incredible performer and a beautiful person.I was saddened to hear of your passing. It was like losing a friend.I hope to meet you in heaven someday. P.Knox

Posted by Patricia Knox - Fan   September 30, 2012

I watched Andy's tv show as a kid and some 45 years later still have listened to him basically every day. My kids are now grown and grew up with Andy in the house constantly. Still the best voice I have ever heard live! Thanks for a life-time of great music.

Posted by Chris - garden city beach, SC - Life long fan   September 30, 2012

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Thanks for the memories. We grew up with your music and show. The way you sang "More" was the reason my husband and I selected that song as our wedding song. Rest in peace, Andy. Pat & Jim R.

Posted by Pat - fan   September 30, 2012

Thanks for good music and good times Frank and Harry your long time friends

Posted by cheryl latocha - baltimore, MD - harrys friend w/washingtonredkin   September 30, 2012

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Your music lives on and your spirit with you. Rest Well You Sweet Soft Voice of a Man

Posted by Mary    September 30, 2012

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My heart is so sad. Andy will be missed.I'm so honored to have been in two of his concerts, not to mention growing up with his shows and music in our home. What a treasure! Keeping his family in my prayers at this time.

Posted by Susan Knight - fan   September 29, 2012

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I have loved Andy Williams for the last 50 years. His wonderful voice will always be with us.His shows were the best I have ever seen. He was such a kind, dear man. I will miss him always.

Posted by TK - devoted fan   September 29, 2012

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Loved Andy, his sound and his blue eyes ever since I was 3 and watched his tv show faithfuly. When I read on the internet at work that he was gone, I told them that it felt like a family member had passed and I may need to take a day off. Every Christmas when we open presents it is with his music, and when I get married, the bride's song will be "Happy Heart."

Posted by Karen - life long fan   September 29, 2012

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Andy has been a favorite of mine and my wife for years. He had one of the most perfect voices in show business. I am sure it will be a very long time before he will equalled in talent.

Posted by Herb & Geneta Davies    September 29, 2012

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My Mom and I listened to Andy the entire time I was growing up. Moon River was our favorite but Christmastime was the best. We'd put on his album, yes--a vinyl ALBUM and sing along. Today Mom is 73 and I'm 52. We are best friends and we both shed tears at Andy's passing. RIP Mr. Williams. You brought so much joy to millions and will be sorely missed! God Bless.

Posted by Lynn Talbott - huge fan   September 29, 2012

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I am way beyond sad. As Ronald Reagan said, Andy WAS a national treasure. Just imagine how that voice sounds echoing through Heaven. I will never forget when he said in Merrillville, IN, "This is not a holiday show. It's a CHRISTMAS show." The place erupted in cheers. He was one of a kind. Things will never be the same.

Posted by Valerie Jackson    September 29, 2012

I made trips to Branson for years at Christmas, just to be sure I saw Andy's Christmas show. I grew up listening to your music and watching your show on television. I was able to meet you briefly at an Alzheimer's event in Branson and cherish the photo I had taken with you that i had taken, mainly at the prodding of my husband.

Christmas in Branson will never be the same--you were Mr. Christmas to millions. God bless you, and may you rest in peace with the knowledge that you leave a legacy of music that will carry on for generations. God bless.

Posted by Nancy Johnson - Wichita, KS   September 29, 2012

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Dear Andy. I have been in love with you since the 50's. I loved to hear you sing. I thought you were so handsome. may you rest in peace. You will never be replaced. XXXOO

Posted by Shirley Sterling - fan   September 29, 2012

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I chose a rose for this memory - the last time I was at the Moon River Theater to see the Andy Williams Christmas Show, Andy was spectacular as always. On the way out, I took a photo of a still blooming red rose bush near the waterfalls at the theater. Andy - you will be so missed - you were just so amazing, and so ageless. It's almost incomprehensible to believe you are gone. Peace and love to you and your family. Thank you for all you shared with us.

Posted by Beverly Mancuso    September 29, 2012

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I just finished watching Andy's video from Branson. I'm so glad I was able to see his Christmas show there, what a wonderful entertainer. He will always be in my heart.

Posted by Cookie Block - fan   September 29, 2012

I have cried many tears !!! You were one in a million, Andy. I feel so fortunate to have known you.... we laughed, danced, and shared many years ago.... it was very special. Your incredible voice and music will live on and continue to bring happiness to many. And, of course, you will forever be the voice and joy of Christmas. Rest in Peace and God Speed.

Posted by Nanette Lamoure - Sacraemnto,, CA - Special friend   September 29, 2012

Andy i have loved you since i was 3 yrs. old. Your voice a comfort and your smiling 'blue' eyes and wonderful easy, calming voice always keeping my spirit happy even through a difficult childhood. You are a God given gift to my life and I will always love you and thank God for you. Rest in Peace Dear Lifelong "Huckleberry" Friend! <3 toni>

Posted by Toni - TX - loving fan   September 29, 2012

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Andy gave us many hours and years of great songs and showmanship..Thank You Andy

Posted by Walt Bates - music lover   September 29, 2012

Like many others, I grew up watching his show and listening to his beautiful voice. He has always been my favorite singer. My friends have posted comments on my FB page because they have always known how I feel about Andy. He loved God, his family, and his country. He will be missed not only at Christmas, but all year through.

Judy from Florida

Posted by Judy Gustafson - Starke, FL - Fan   September 29, 2012

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I was able to visit Any Williams restaurant and see him in person during the Christmas holidays early December in 2009. What a memorable experience. He is one of the best. A class act... I'll miss his "true blue" crooning voice. Bless his family. Marilyn Gutowski

Posted by marilyn gutowski    September 29, 2012

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Growing up in the 50's and 60's most of my friends thought I was crazy because Andy Williams was my favorite singer. I was thrilled when I was allowed to stay up and watch his TV show. I owned every album and saw him in concert dozens of times. Moon River is not only my favorite song but my life in minature. A candle has gone out in the world of music on earth but oh how the choirs of angels have welcomed him and he can sing Christmas songs for eternity. God speed Andy and comfort to you family . Joanne in Michigan

Posted by Joanne Adamczyk - Life long fan   September 29, 2012

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I grew up listening to Andy Williams Christmas record, I bought my own after all these years. Will miss you a lot Andy and you'll always have your songs on my heart. RIP ♥ Loved you.

Posted by Jean Burdick    September 29, 2012

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Andy,

Your songs brought love and many warm memories to me and many others...May you cherish love & peace in the warm embrace of our Lord.

Frank T

Posted by Frank T    September 29, 2012

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I always enjoyed Andy's Christmas shows with his family.He had such a beauitful voice!

Posted by Susan Maddern - fan   September 29, 2012

grew up watching the Christmas shows--always looked forward to them each year--thank you Andy

Posted by joe    September 29, 2012

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Christmas will never be the same.

Posted by Moon River - FAN   September 29, 2012

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Andy, you gave the world wonderful, sweet music. You were a very good person, and I feel like I lost a part of my family.
God Bles, sing with the angels.
Jo B

Posted by Jo B    September 29, 2012

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I grew up listening to Andy Williams. If I had a date on Friday night when his show was on the guy would have to wait or watch it with me. He was a wonderful man. His music helped me through so many troubled times. I know he is heaven singing with the angels. RIP my dear Andy - you will never be forgotten.

Posted by Joanne Agro - Faithful Fan   September 29, 2012

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i was born in 1962 and always told people that andy williams was my favorite singer with that beautiful voice. from all the songs from his christmas specials,singing born free,songs from the movie "where the red fern grows" and much more left a big influence in my life when i was a child. it definitly help me shape my outlook on life for the best! even though alot of my contemporary friends didn't understand why i thought that way i didn't waiver! i brought my mother to his show in december 1998 in daytona beach,fl. and she went to branson many times after that to see his show. p.s. i was always considered myself macho and was in the u.s.marines and special forces in the u.s.navy and still kept listening to that wonderful man! GOD bless you for all you have done for your fans and country!

Posted by robert naugle - friend   September 29, 2012

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A beautiful voice that lifted you up with it's majesty.

Posted by Erich Hoefert    September 29, 2012

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The good Lord blessed you with the most beautiful voice and the ability to touch millions of people with your talent. May he now hold you in the palm of his hand and give you peace and comfort. I can't wait to get out my Christmas CD's and my DVD's of your Christmas shows, light the fire and settle down and listen to a true American Icon.

Posted by Kathy Drajewicz - fan   September 29, 2012

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Loved watching The Andy Williams show.Love his voice. Sing with the angels. R.I.P. Andy

Posted by Audrey Stencel    September 29, 2012

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I REMEMEBER ANDY WILLIAMS FIRST HIT " YOU BUTTERFLY " & THEN HE FOLLOWED WITH SO MANY WONDERFULL SONG'S THAT WERE REAL SONG'S--- SONG'S YOU HAD TO HAVE A QUAULITY VOICE TO SING THEM. HIS CHRISTMAS SHOW'S WITH HIS WIFE CHRISTINE LONGET & HIS KID'S HIS MOTHER & FATHER & HE'D SING WITH HIS BROTHER'S -- HE WILL SURELY BE MISSED: GOD BLESS HIM.

Posted by ANTHONY S. ESPOSITO - A BIG FAN   September 29, 2012

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I so enjoyed Andy's singing. Especially at
Christmas time. My favorite Christmas song is, "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year". He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Linda Rutherford - just a fan of his.   September 29, 2012

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I HAVE FOLLOWED HIS CAREER SINCE I WAS A CHILD, I HAVE SEEN HIM IN BRANSON. TO ME HE IS A TRUE AMERICAN, WHAT A GIFT. HE LOVED WHAT HE DID, I LOVED IT MORE. I WILL MISS YOU MR. ANDY. I WILL ALWAYS LISTEN TO YOUR SONGS, YOUR VOICE IS LIKE NO OTHER. GOD BLESS

Posted by manuel cruz - friend and fan   September 29, 2012

The first song I remember Andy sing was "Canadian Sunset" I loved it! I love every song he sings. He was so great. The first show I saw was his Christmas show in Daytona Beach 1987. Been to Branson lots since then. I feel like I've lost a very dear friend.

Posted by Mary Tatom - Garland, TX   September 29, 2012

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I melt when i hear songs like cant get over losing you, moon river, speak softly love, and so on. However my favorite tune which mr. williams sang on one of his albums is
The village of ST. Bernadette. His was a wonderful voice and talent. He will be missed terribly by all those who heard and loved him,v

Posted by jana - fan   September 28, 2012

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I remember Andy William's shows as a teenager. I always loved his Christmas shows. I was looking forward to seeing his Christmas live Christmas show this November. Rest in Peace. I will continue to listen to my albums for years to come.

Posted by jan - fan since I can remember   September 28, 2012

A wonderful man who will be sadly missed by all. Hoped to get to see him at Branson but sadly not to be. Rest In Peace Mr. Williams Sir xxx

Posted by Wendy - England   September 28, 2012

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We have enjoyed your shows many times on TV and in person. Your stage presence and songs always impressed. May you rest in peace and may happy memories comfort your loved ones as they mourn your loss.

Posted by Wanda & Sam - :Long-time patron of your shows   September 28, 2012

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We will all miss Andy in Branson, have watched all of his shows on TV and also in Branson!!!He was so Awesome!!,

Posted by Leota Reich - Xirub   September 28, 2012

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Such a great entertainer, loved his hawaii songs and ofcourse Moon River tooum

Posted by durbinKay    September 28, 2012

One of the greatest singers of all times. He will be missed by all.

Posted by Tim - Valley stream, NY - Long time fan   September 28, 2012

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I've been a fan for over 43 years. Will miss him and his beautiful voice.

Posted by Dot Grimes    September 28, 2012

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So very sorry to hear the news of Mr. Williams passing.My heartfelt condolences to the family. Mr.Williams was pure class!His music was magical. Wanda Foster Reno,NV.

Posted by Wanda Foster - a fan   September 28, 2012

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Can't believe andy williams passing. I can't count the times i ran into my bedroom to play his music on my record-player- when some boy would upset me. I just knew andy would never treat his girlfriend like that! I always thought he was singing to me! Emily was one of my favorite songs. Happy Holiday another great song. I think my brother came in and broke my album, he couldn't take another song of andy,s I went out a bought another!! Oh, Andy how i will miss you!

Posted by eylene - a fan from the 70's   September 28, 2012

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I LOVED COMING TO THE THEATER TO SEE HIM HE WALKED UP TO ME A FEW YEARS AGO AND STOOD NEXT TO ME AND SANG A SONG I WILL NEVER FORGET THAT HE WAS A MAN WITH A JOYFUL VOICE AND I WILL ALWAYS LESSON TO HIS MUSIC

Posted by kathy schmidt - fan   September 28, 2012

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Such a beautiful voice and I very nice person. Always thinking of his fans. May you rest in peace.

Posted by Barbara - A Fan   September 28, 2012

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What a beautiful voice he had. He will be truly missed. Now he's singing with the Angels.

Posted by V. McClure    September 28, 2012

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Thank you Mr. Williams for "Moon River" May you rest in peace.

Posted by Carole Ann Davis    September 28, 2012

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I have enjoyed Andy's music from day one. He was a fantaastic singer and a wonderful person. R.I.P. Andy

Posted by Shirley Webb - Fan   September 28, 2012

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He was one of my favor singers Great Singer and great quality on his voice, i listen to his records since the age of 16 he truly was a great inspiration .. i will miss you my friend. c.m.

Posted by carlo martini - FAN   September 28, 2012

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In the 60's a young couple danced to Mr. Williams "Moon River", at a hight school teen club. His name was David Huckelberry, and we had wonderful dreams for our future. The spring of 1968 I lost my Huckelberry friend a week before our wedding, when the USS Scorpion 589 , Nucelear Sub. Was lost with 99 souls on board.
Since The Moon River Theatre was opened I have traveled to Branson twice a year to hear Mr. Williams sing our song. With tears in my eyes and a longing heart I can almost see a young couple dancing on stage as Mr. Williams sings. My heart is sad for Mrs. Williams for I know her heart is so sad. She has lost her LOVE. God Bless

Linda Underwood King
Louisville, Ky.

Posted by Linda Underwood King - A friend from afar   September 28, 2012

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to the family of andy williams,

i started watching andy in the 60's. i was around 16 then. i have always loved his music. he was the last of the great crooners. indeed he will be missed. i will always love his music. as thousands of others, i also saw him at his moon river theater. no one could ever take his place.
he has contributed so much to our musical world. rest in GODS LOVE & PEACE andy.

sincerely,
s. bean

Posted by sally bean    September 28, 2012

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We went to Burbank when I was in high school to see Andy's show - I had all his vinyls at one time - we saw his Christmas show in Cerritos, CA 3 years ago - he was an entertainer and a fantastic host. His music will live on for generations

Posted by Judy Flores - Fan with huge respect   September 28, 2012

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I have been a fan of Andy's since I first saw his blue eyes when I was about 14 years old....my mom took me to see him with Henry Mancini around 1964, still one of the best shows I have ever seen. I will miss him dearly, eventually I won't cry when I hear his songs! RIP, dear Andy.

Posted by Kathy Roy    September 28, 2012

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Gone but not forgotten- Andy is singing with the Angels now.

Posted by Joy    September 28, 2012

I grew up listening to Andy's albums with my dad, me sitting on the floor by his feet while Dad sat in his rocking chair and whistled along with the songs. He was one of Dad's and my favorites and we never missed his tv shows or his Christmas specials. He was the epitome of wholesome! My father recently passed away and I would like to think that Andy is singing to him somewhere and Dad is happily whistling along! God bless Andy Williams and his entire family. He will be sorely missed.

Posted by Gia Demarais - McGees Crossroads, NC - fan   September 28, 2012

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We always enjoyed coming to Branson and seeing Mr. Williams perform. It brought back many good memories from years gone by. Always a good show and a wonderful entertainer. We will miss him dearly. Our prayers are with the family.

Posted by Ronnie and Linda Duncan - fan   September 28, 2012

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MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS!!!!!

Posted by PAULA KLEVA    September 28, 2012

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I remember watching your christmas shows as a child.i enjoyed it so much.Your shows were always family oriented, wholesome and will always be remembered by the very young and old.You will be missed and loved by all.I have visited MOON RIVER in Branson with the love of my life many times.You will always be a true legacy for all times May you find the eternal light in our LORD and SAVIOR"nOW YOU CAN BE AN ETERNAL ANGEL WHOM SINGS IN HEAVEN.

Posted by DEBBIE WYATT - friend   September 28, 2012

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Mr. Williams, reigns from an era when talent
and class, were common commodoties.. so dearly missed today, as he will be!
Prayers, & blessings will be with his family, friends, & fans.
Rev. Ted Miller

Posted by Rev. Ted Miller - fan   September 28, 2012

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Dear Debbie, and all of Andy's family,
I was saddened to learn of Andy's passing. The world will miss this music icon. When traveling home last night I listened to his CD with the song ending "until I die, this land is mine." I cried for him then. My mom is a neighbor in Branson and a faithful fan. We have learned of many of his activities and have attended numerous shows at Moon River. All were wonderful. ~Lynn Larson, Bloomington MN

Posted by Lynn Larson - Forever a Fan   September 28, 2012

I have loved listening to Andy Williams since I was little. At the age of 33 I was able to see his Christmas show in Branson. He was spectacular. That was also the last trip with my Father and I was also pregnant with my first child. Thank you for the wonderful memories Mr. Williams. God bless you and your family.

Posted by CHRISTY BURKE - FLORISSANT, MO - BIG FAN   September 28, 2012

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Thanks Andy.Do you know all the happiness you brought to people in your Moon River Theatre. Thank you for keeping your show going.It was the last thing my mom wanted to do before she died.We never officially met you but felt we knew you. I am sad today,but have very fond memories to hold on to.We love you,miss you.

Posted by Jon F. Haydock and family - True Fan   September 28, 2012

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My family and would drive to see Andy William's Christmas show since 2005. Andy's voice and song would make me feel like a kid again. I 'm greatful we have his music. I will miss Andy. My thought and prayers to his family, God Bless you and comfort you.

Posted by Charles - Fan   September 28, 2012

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I had the great pleasure of seeing my all time favorite singer, Andy Williams, perform in Branson, MO, several times. As a performer he was all that I had imagined. I will always cherish his music.

Posted by Diane Fitzgarrald    September 28, 2012

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Andy was such an awesome performer and he truly enjoyed sharing his wonderful talents! He had such a wonderful smile while he sang every beautiful song! He will be sorely missed! It's difficult to believe that he's gone!

Posted by Sharon Sandlin - faithful fan   September 28, 2012

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I grew up listening to your music and watching your shows May God cradle you in his arms We all will miss you Rest in Peace Andy God bless you

Posted by Laud Gifford, Jr - Fan   September 28, 2012

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I too am sad to hear of Mr. Williams death. I watched his variety show on t.v. and was one of the fortunate ones to see him three times in Branson for his Christmas shows. So sad to know that I'll never see another Andy Williams Christmas show or hear " It's the Most Wonderful Time of The Year " in person.

Posted by Linda David - fan   September 28, 2012

A lifelong fan sends condolences to your family and wishes you well on your journey.
Thank you for the gift of your voice and all the memories.

Posted by Kimberly - Los Angeles, CA - a Forever Fan   September 28, 2012

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What a gift you were to the world. What memories I will keep for ever.
Your songs will always be in my heart.

Posted by Lynn B    September 28, 2012

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I grew up watching your show and loving your music. I was hoping to get to Branson someday to see you and hopefully meet you but I have your music to listen to. Rest in peace, yo will be greatly missed.

Posted by doreen ackland - FAN   September 28, 2012

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I remember growing up watching Andy's Variety Show and
Christmas Specials. He was able to portray such warmth and
do it in such a positive way that his shows were able to take you
away from the stresses of the day and put a smile on your face.
Thanks for everything you have given us. You will be greatly
missed.

Posted by Therese    September 28, 2012

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Grew up listening to Andy's music on radio and TV.

Posted by Mary Buttry - Fan   September 28, 2012

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I regret that I never saw you in person. Thank you Andy for a life time of memories. Your legacy will live on with your music. I will never forget your timeless voice and sweet smile.

Posted by Dianne Rye - Fan   September 28, 2012

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Thanks for all the memories....your music and beautiful voice will be with us always! May you rest in peace and much love goes out to your family.

Posted by Linda Emmerich - Fan   September 28, 2012

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As a young boy Iused to sing his songs to my mom I was in a school choir,I also seen him live at the civic center in baltimore md.No one could sing like this man could perfect pitch,I will miss him very much.TO the family god be with all of you,sorry for your loss. Tom Scott

Posted by Thomas Scott - fan   September 28, 2012

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I am maybe a year and a half older than Andy, but when we were in Western Hills High School in Cincinnati, we used to double date. We were such kids. He was on the radio with his brother every morning as my Dad deliver me to school, singing for a gospel program sponsored by Shineola Shoe polish. They sand the commercial. I have always been proud to say tht I knew Andy Williams long before he became famous. I still loves his music. Ellen Morris

Posted by Ellen Morris - High school friend   September 28, 2012

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As a kid, listening to Andy on reel to reel with headphones taught me to appreciate that genre of music. His voice was incredible. Thank you Andy, where ever you are.

Posted by Jeff Manier    September 28, 2012

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So sorry to hear of his passing..I remember his TV shows, I saw the Osmonds for the first time on his show..and I so loved his Christmas shows. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Posted by Susie Matney    September 28, 2012

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I was hugged by Andy backstage of the Dodge theatre after his last Christmas show here in Phoenix-what a guy. Go with God, my friend.

Posted by Joanne    September 28, 2012

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I fell in love with you when I was 16 years old. I have all your albums. I knew before I ever though of having children, that my first child would be named Andy after you. My first born was named just that. God now has the most beautiful voice in heaven. God bless you.

Posted by Kathie - fan   September 27, 2012

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I so enjoyed your music all of my life. My sympathy to your family.

Posted by Nita Lang    September 27, 2012

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I went to go see Andy down in Branson for his Christmas show with my husband. We were sitting right there in the front row. I cried when I seen him because it brought back so many lovely childhood memories. I just adored his talent.. He will be sorely missed in my eyes. Andy, you served your life well, now may you rest in peace....

Posted by Gerri - Long time fan   September 27, 2012

My wife and I saw Andy in concert with Henry Mancini...what a terrific combination...both so professional...such impecable taste...Andy connected with a huge audience in an arena in Greensboro, North Carolina....folks, like us, had driven over a hundred miles to fill the place...and you could hear a pin drop when he spoke to the audience...possibly the best show (and we've seen nearly 100) we have ever seen!

Posted by Richard Hidalgo - Morristown, TN - a couple of fans   September 27, 2012

A highlight of the Christmas season at our home for many years was the annual Christmas program on TV. Our sincere sympathy to the family. Andy will be missed by many.

Posted by Dorothy Owens - Elizabeth City, NC - friend and admirer   September 27, 2012

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Having made 22 trips to Branson and
including Andy's show in nearly all
of them and having lost my wife to
cancer 2 years ago, I want to extend my deepest sympathies to
Debbie and their family for their
loss. My prayers are with you.

Posted by Stan Jurgens    September 27, 2012

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Grew up watching Andy on television. Christmas wasn't Christmas without watching Andy's Christmas show. Then became a Hugh fan of the Osmonds Donny and Marie show. And then Christmas wasn't Christmas without the Osmond's Christmas show. He sure had a Hugh impact on music and family values. R I PAndy we love you and you will be sadly missed. But you will always live on in your music you shared with the world..

Posted by Paula Stephens - Fan (admired)   September 27, 2012

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I have enjoyed Andy since the 1950' and my grandchildren have enjoyed since the 1980's.When my granddaughter was 4 years when we went to Moon River in Branson and was thrilled when she was invited on stage to be part of the christmas show and doublly thrill when she got to sing with Mr. Williams! One of my family's favorite memories . Thank you for all the wonderful music over all the years.

Posted by EmmaYoung - admirer and music lover   September 27, 2012

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Loved listening to him & watching him on all his TV shows, especially his Christmas specials & was SAD to see him leave regular programming. Was DELIGHTED when I finally saw him in person in RI; what a wonderful show!! Was so hoping all our prayers would help him beat that cancer, but it wasn't meant to be. Guess God wanted another GREAT voice in Heaven. Glad I have my CD's, tapes, his autobiography to enjoy still. Am listening to him sing "Maria" at the moment & rest of his 16 Most requested Songs cd. He will be missed; guess I won't be trying to plan a trip to Branson as I'd hoped to see him perform again! God bless and help his wife, Debbie, children & entire family now and forever. When he loved, he loved well and deeply. Hold onto those memories. A forever fan, Elaine

Posted by Elaine Rock - A LONG time fan   September 27, 2012

My husband took me to Branson to see Andy Williams at Christmas. I had always wanted to see him. I have terminal cancer myself so my heart goes out to all of his family. I loved him and his show was wonderful. Will never forget him....Love ya Mr. Williams. Keep the door open for me in heaven.

Posted by Debbie Dirksmeyer - White Hall, IL - fan/friend in Christ   September 27, 2012

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My mom and dad both passed away this year 7 months apart. They both loved Andy. My mom's favorite song was Moon River. I feel another loss with Andy's passing. Say hi to my mom and dad, Andy.

Posted by Cheryl    September 27, 2012

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You will always be remembered for your beautiful singing and songs. You will be missed.

Posted by Judy Rogers - fanYVvT   September 27, 2012

The late Andy Williams had a great entertainment career, primarily as an Adult Standards/Easy Listening vocalist in the 1950s and 1960s with such tunes at the "Hawaiian Wedding Song", "Music To Watch Girls By" and "Can't Get Used To Losin' You" along with his versions of "You Buttefly", "Canadian Sunset", the title theme music from the 1970 film adaptation of the novel "Love Story" (subtitled "Where Do I Begin?") and "Speak Softly Love" from the 1972-released film adaptation of the 1969-released Mario Puzo (d. 2000) novel, "Godfather". He (the late Andy Williams) shall be deeply missed. May his soul R.I.P.

Posted by Christopher Hagee - Phoenixville, PA - N.A   September 27, 2012

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we are very saddened we lost andy, we followed him from day one of his career.saw his shows many times ,met him in Branson, he was probably the most loved entertainer of all show business. our hearts go out to his family.

Posted by janet kennedy - fan   September 27, 2012

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He sang my favorite song Moon River. He Introduced us to the wonderful Osmond family. Andy was an amazing talent and person. He will be sorely missed.

I LOVE YOU ANDY,
DIANE

Posted by Diane Laird - friend   September 27, 2012

My family and I loved him. We would faithfully watch his variety show as well as his Christmas specials. "Moon River" is one of my favorite songs. He will be missed.

Posted by Theresa Hatch - Hampden, MA - fan   September 27, 2012

My entire family were Andy Williams fans and we are saddened at his passing. The Christmas shows were awesome with his family around him. I will miss him so!

Posted by Nancy Keddy    September 27, 2012

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Thank you for sharing your marvelous talent with the world. We are all better for having heard you all these years.....even those many of us who never met you in person. Rest in peace and lift your voice in the heavens.

Posted by H H. Smith - fan   September 27, 2012

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From the 1960s to now, you were THE singer I cherished. From my first concert in MA in the 60s to my last concert in Branson on your birthday in 2008, I've loved to hear your songs. You were an American treasure and will be sorely missed. God Bless You!

Posted by Gail Sotrines - lifelong fan   September 27, 2012

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We will always remembered you as a legendary Singer, loved your Christmas music. R.I.P.

Posted by Maria Gomez - Fan   September 27, 2012

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I have been a fan as long as I can remember. Living close to Branson and also St. Louis, I have attended numerous Andy concerts and was a dedicated viewer of his TV shows. I will truly miss this great entertainer and his wonderful personality.

Posted by Carol Bean - FAN   September 27, 2012

I remember Andy he always looked like a nice kind person and he was o very good singer he will be missed

Posted by donna - wheeler, IN - fan of Andy   September 27, 2012

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A light has gone out on earth with your loss, but your star and your music will always shine.
It will be a "Blue Christmas" without seeing you in Branson..you will be so missed.
Prayers to your family and friends.
Rest in Peace...

Posted by Patty Brown - Fan   September 27, 2012

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Andy and I met and reconnected many times over the past 40 years. He influenced my life in so many ways, and I will always remember his one of a kind voice, singing and speaking. He will always be in my heart, and hopefully we will have one more reconnection to come...in heaven. I love you Andy.

Posted by Carol Jones - longtime friend   September 27, 2012

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Andy!
You will be sadly missed.
You filled our whole lives with song.
God Bless and keep your voice in song for our Lord.

Posted by acollake - fan   September 27, 2012

Moon river is my ring back tone I love that song forever. My heart is broken

Posted by THeresa montgomery - chittenango, NY - loving fan   September 27, 2012

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Thank you Andy. When I listen to "The Impossible Dream", I cry every time. It is a tune that symbolizes America. God Bless You Andy, may your journey to heaven be swift and joyous.

Posted by Anita - fan   September 27, 2012

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Thanks for the memories Andy. You've always been my all time favorite singer. My mother-in-law & I would put your music on & have a glass of sherry & slice of Sara Lee's butter streusel cake! I often told my son that's where he got his love of music as he was ababy! Your show & Christmas specials brought families together & we truly miss them. Rest in peace though we know you will still be singing on the other side!

Posted by Ginny - fan   September 27, 2012

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Aady was a part of my childhood and life. I will be forever be touched by his beautiful voice and his wonderful warm personality. I know he is up there singing for God and with the angels. He was and will always be my favorite singer.

Posted by Dee Savarino Lear - fan   September 27, 2012

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I will always remember him sitting on stage
singing moon river and his other hits. I loved his Christmas shows he had a wonderful
personality with a beautiful spirit. He will be missed.

Posted by Gerry Selberg - Fan   September 27, 2012

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You well be missed by everyone. I watched your show on Tv all the time. And went to see you on Branson Mo. I well never forget you. RIP.

Posted by Ilene - FAN   September 27, 2012

I would like to send my condolences to the family.When someone we love dies, it's very painful. But the Bible talks about doing away with this pain at Rev21:4. May the God of comfort, comfort your family at this time.

Posted by concerned neighbor    September 27, 2012

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Thank you for all the wonderful memories of Christmas Shows and beautiful music through the years. You truly will be missed!

Posted by Vicki Vick - Lono-time Admirer & Fan   September 27, 2012

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One of the best singers in the world. I still try to sing like Andy Williams.Today at my 2 pm show it will be a Tribute to Andy Williams.

Jim Ayres

Posted by Jim Ayres - Fellow Singer   September 27, 2012

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As a singer, you were an inspiration to me. I would sit for hours listening to your beautiful, effortless voice and sing along. You will be so sadly missed.

Posted by Amy Shipley - Fan   September 27, 2012

My deepest condolence Andy Williams will be sorely missed by me and mine.

Posted by Arthur Clay Tillis - South Bend, IN - I'm a fan   September 27, 2012

Met Andy when around 6 years old and was
a true friend forever!

will truly miss him please rest in peace forever

Posted by eddie budnick - saint clair shores, MI - a close friend   September 27, 2012

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I loved Andy's voice! The TV varity show that was on with his family, the Osmonds and other guests. His concerts truely enjoyable.
This legend will be sorely missed.
To the Williams Family you are in my thoughts and prayes. "May Each Day of The Week be A Good One". God Bless you all

Posted by Darlene Haglund - Fan   September 27, 2012

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What a classy wonderful soul you were dear Andy. I will miss you much. I've been an ardent fan since my early childhood.

Posted by Kathy Alexander - fan   September 27, 2012

You were our sun shine our only sun shine, you made us happy when skies were gray, you'll never know how much we loved you, I'll play your music each and everyday.
Thanks for sharing your gift and love of music with all of us.

Posted by David.C.Alvarez - Canton, MI - Fan   September 27, 2012

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A wonderful singer and a good human being. I will always hold him fondly in my heart!

Posted by FRAN - Fan   September 27, 2012

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What a voice, So smooth you could have tamed a Lion! A gift to all of us for so many years.I am sure you will be singing with the Angels but we'll miss you here.
Thank you Andy and Goodnight friend.

Posted by Janice - Long Time Fan   September 27, 2012

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What a Man with a beautiful voice. Loved to watch all of his christmas specials.I always wanted to see his show in branson. loved his shows when he had the Osmond Brothers on. When I heard the news of his passing I was very sad. Rest In Peace Andy. God Bless you. Prayers for your family.

Posted by JULIE WHITEDIDE - fan   September 27, 2012

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Andy Williams -- his name evokes the many beautiful songs he sang with that melodic, soothing voice. A true gentleman with a fantastic sense of humor. Saw him in person once in Las Vegas and it was the best concert EVER!!! Loved his television program and his interaction with the bear who only wanted a cookie. The heavenly choir is sounding wonderful with his voice added. My condolences to the family in the loss of a truly wonderful entertainer and great person.

Posted by Mabel Lucero - Fan   September 27, 2012

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My First record...Warm and Willing.. Given to me by an early love... My children grew up listening to his records and watching him on TV...most of their early lives. He ws a household happening. For years and years and many records...and seeing twice in person...made him a big part of our every day lives. He will remain ever in our thoughts.

Posted by Mrs. Mickey Augustine    September 27, 2012

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My one and only time to see and hear Andy Williams in person. A wonderful concert with my Mom, Dad, sister and brother. He had the Osmonds on the show. This was on Albuquerque, New Mexico. I have just loved him and his beautiful voice all these years. He is truly missed!!

Posted by Kathie Elizabeth - Fan since a little girl...   September 27, 2012

I remember as a boy I would listen to born free over and over until I knew the words by heart. My father recorded me singing that song which I still have until this day.
Andy William was all class and truly one of the great singers of our time. God bless him and his family.
Sincerely,
John Melsheimer

Posted by John Melsheimer - North Wales, PA - Fan   September 27, 2012

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'Moon River' evokes so many emotions! I used to watch his specials, and his music will always mean a lot to me. Rest in Peace, Andy!

Posted by Shirley Gittens - Fan   September 27, 2012

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Safe journey.

Posted by Angela - Fan   September 27, 2012

Leave a condolence or a memory.

Posted by Brenda combs reams    September 27, 2012

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you are now singing with the angels

Posted by Dana - fan   September 27, 2012

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Loved his voice and his loyalty to his
former wife, Claudine. I wish him
God Speed.

Posted by Mary M Gomez - Fan   September 27, 2012

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I will miss you Andy...I loved your music. I remember watching you tv show in the 60's with my family. Been to your Christmas shows when you came to Atlanta. Andy Williams' voice is so soothing. RIP.

Posted by carol johnson - a hyge fan   September 27, 2012

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There has never been nor will there ever be, a voice that so symbolized the Christmas season as did Andy Williams! Some of my best memories include his Christmas TV specials and his rendition of "O Holy Night." But my favorite kick-off to the holiday season will always be "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year." I will miss you, Andy, but look forward to meeting you in Heaven someday. My prayers and sympathy to your friends and family.

Posted by Debbie Shannon - fan   September 27, 2012

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I was so blessed to be born in 1963 and grow up with Andy's voice and TV specials! Thank you, Andy for being my "first boyfriend" and the classy person you are! Lots of prayers and love to Andy and his family!

Posted by Mona Masonis-Boyer - fan   September 27, 2012

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I will miss his talent and his wonderul singing voice. The world is a better place since he shared his heart with all.
R.I.P. Andy Williams

Posted by Virginia - Fan   September 27, 2012

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My heart is broken tonight. I have loved Andy Williams and his music from the age of 14, 55 years ago. I saw him perform in person twice and met him once. You were such a gentleman and a Gentle Man, full of class. I knew we'd lose you one day dear Andy, but this is way too soon. Rest in Peace, Dear Idol. You certainly earned it. I will always miss you.

Posted by Caroline B - Devoted fan for 55 years   September 27, 2012

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"May each day of the week be a good day may the Lord always watch over you...RIP Andy you were the best....

Posted by Gail    September 27, 2012

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Dear beautiful Noelle,

My heart goes out to you.

Barbara Ellen Mougin, Cook
(Former Miss Indian 1977)

Posted by Barbara Ellen - friend   September 27, 2012

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Today was a sad day to hear abour your passing. Your legacy will live on with all the beautiful music you left us with. May God be with your family at this most difficult time. Rest in peace.

Posted by Ingrid Bloomfield - fan of his music   September 26, 2012

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MY FONTEST MEMORIES OF ANDY IS LISTENING TO HIS CHRISTMAS SONGS. AND WATCHING HIM ON HIS N.B.C SHOE HE WILL BE SURELY MISSED. GOD REST ANDY..... GARY F. GLIWA OF PHILA PA. EVERY TIME I HEAR CHRISTMAS SONGS I'LL THINK OF YOU SIR.....

Posted by GARY GLIWA    September 26, 2012

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I loved his music...two of my favorites were Can't Take My Eyes Off You and of course Moon River. He was a good, caring, and gentle man...and he will be missed by many. RIP.

Posted by Robin Fox - Fan   September 26, 2012

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Rest in Peace, Andy. You have brought much joy to our family over the years. Your voice will continue to bring joy to many more in the years to come. Thank you especially for "Moon River." My sisters and I will think of our deceased Mom whenever we hear this song. This is now--and has always been--her "theme" song. Your presence will be missed! God bless you!

Posted by Fran Burke-Angel - Life-Long Fan   September 26, 2012

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God bless Andy Williams,my favorite singer and entertainer. He warmed the holidays for me and he was very nice on the eyes, so handsom.
God Bless Andys family,
Marie

Posted by Marie    September 26, 2012

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I was 7 & 1/2 months pregnant & was attending his Christmas Show in Detroit with my Aunt. During intermission I had to use the Ladies Room & was standing in this long line. Andy sent one of his assistants over to ask if I'd like to use a private restroom bc of my condition. So kind & sweet of him. I've loved him since I've been 8 yrs old, & always will. Thoughts & prayers to his family & friends. RIP talented, wonderful, & kind man!!!

Posted by Donna    September 26, 2012

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I first remember listening to Andy on a reel to reel in San Diego when I was six years old. My dad brought home a Sony tape player and a tape of Andy's Christmas music. My dad passed away in 1990 and I never forgot the year he came home from his tour in Vietnam with that reel of xmas music by Andy. From that moment I have always associated xmas and my dad with What's music. I cannot believe Andy is gone. He will be missed tremendously by many.

Posted by Nancy Keith - lifetime fan   September 26, 2012

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Every time I hear moon river and the days of wine and roses, it takes me back to when I was a little girl and listening to the stereo with my mom and dad every Saturday afternoon thanks Andy for the best music

Posted by MelonieLynn - Fan   September 26, 2012

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I remember when I first heard him sing" Moon River" ,I thought he sounded like an Angel. Now he is singing with the other Angel's in God's Heavenly Choir .Thank you for some great songs to make life more bearable here on Earth. Until I see you again may you Rest In Peace!!!!

Posted by LaVon Carter - admirer   September 26, 2012

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I was born in 1965 and my mother, who passed away in 2006, loved Andy Williams. I grew up with all his wonderful music. I especially loved when I heard him sing "Born Free". What a lovely voice he had. Hearing him reminds me of my loving mother and my wonderful childhood. Thank you, Andy for being a great part of my memories! I'm so sad that he had bladder cancer. It must have been awful for him and his family. He is now at peace. He touched so many lives and will be fondly remembered. Rest in peace, Andy. We love you.

Posted by Carol    September 26, 2012

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fabulous singer, rest in peace

Posted by helen s.    September 26, 2012

I heard the sad news this morning on National Public Radio and I felt a tremendous loss.

Andy Williams was my first love. I remember watching both of his prime-time programs on NBC (don't mean the Christmas ones).

Aside from a couple of soundtrack albums, Andy's were the first albums I was given for Christmas. My favorite one will always be _Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head_. I've heard it so many times I can play it in my head.

Now he and Kay Thompson are reunited in Heaven and having a great time putting on shows.

Posted by Camille Stein - Tallahassee, FL - Fan   September 26, 2012

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rip andy and ty 4 many years of times hits

Posted by jessica - fan   September 26, 2012

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Such beautiful memories to go along with his exquisite voice. RIP Andy

Posted by Sherry Holloway    September 26, 2012

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Can't remember life w/out Andy Williams! Thanks for the memories. RIP

Posted by Loretta Mayo Hodges - Fan   September 26, 2012

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I will always remember Andy Williams for his beautiful voice and TV specials. His Christmas shows were the best and my family always looked forward to them. I was a child then yet loved his shows as much as the adults. I wish there were shows like his today for my kids to watch.

Posted by Laura Pearsall    September 26, 2012

Andy has been my favorite singer forever. Have most of his records, CDs & DVD. Thank you Andy.

Posted by Joyce Bridgman - Wakefield, RI - Fan   September 26, 2012

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I have listened to Andy Williams all of my life and his music has touched my heart and life. Mr. Williams passing will leave a void in my life and I'm sure many others. His passing is the end of an era and Mr, Williams will be sorely missed. God Bless.

Posted by Marcia Young    September 26, 2012

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I so enjoyed Andy's music, and am thankful I have access to his songs through the years with CDs and DVD's.
Rest in peace Andy, you will not be forgotten.

Posted by Jane - FAN   September 26, 2012

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He has died but his melodies and his voice will live an eternity. God Bess him frrom what he left us.

Posted by Dario Quinonez - Jus a fun of him.   September 26, 2012

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I was only two years old when the Andy Williams show first aired on television. I had the biggest crush on him ..... :)

Posted by El    September 26, 2012

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Soothing songs,voice all beautiful not forgotten. Will miss you Andy Williams.

Posted by David Heckman - Admioror   September 26, 2012

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Thank you Andy, for sharing your talent with all of us, for being a class act, and always standing up and being a man, no matter how it may have affected your career. God Bless you and keep you and your family.

Posted by David Bayer - Fan Friend   September 26, 2012

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R.I.P.

Posted by joan DUGGAN    September 26, 2012

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Looked forward every Christmas to sit down with my family and watch the special. Moon River still one of my favorites.You will be missed

Posted by Diane Gray - Fan   September 26, 2012

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I'am 45 year old woman who watched Andy Williams show from when I was two til he stopped having his show. I would kiss the TV & call him my "boyfriend". I've always loved him & his voice who could sing like no other. Ten years ago I was so thrilled to finally see him live for the first time I balled like a baby when he took stage! Two years ago my husband took me to see him & I was so glad I did, it was his last show. My dream has always been to share the stage w/ Andy & sing. I sing a lot & he was my first "vocal coach". Now, I sing w/ him when I play the dvd of his show. I would love for the company to come out w/ a DVD set of all his Christmas shows in their entriredy. Love you Andy!

Posted by Janie Strickler - Forever Fan!   September 26, 2012

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We watched his show every week. I loved his song, Moon River. You will be missed, Andy Williams. Thank you for you for entertaining us all these years. You will live on forever in your music.

Posted by Gloria Usher - Fan   September 26, 2012

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I bought so many CDs for my parents enjoyment and now I enjoy them just as much. Andy will be missed so very much. He was such a joy to listen to and watch on Holiday Specials.

Posted by Suzanne Benner    September 26, 2012

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Your music made the Christmas Holidays so much brighter!! There's never a Christmas that we don't play your beautiful music!! God Bless you Mr. Williams and may God bring comfort to your family until you are all reunited again.

Posted by Eva - Friend   September 26, 2012

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Rest in peace you were the best!!!!

Posted by ann weinstein - Fan   September 26, 2012

You were one of the greatest Singer. Christmas wasn't Christmas until we heard you on TV with your specials. It was just wonderful to se the family singing together. I'm so glad my husband took me to see you in Indiana for your Christmas show. Rest in peace. Will be missed.

Posted by Marie Heiberger - crest hill, IL - fan   September 26, 2012

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We've enjoyed Andy's music since he started in the 50's. I've also enjoyed his Christmas show and others in Branson. We will miss him and his music. God be with your family at this time.

Posted by Sallie Martin - long time fan   September 26, 2012

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After seeing you in person in Chicago, My father bought every record you made. When he passed away the records and albums was divided among his three daughters. Thanks for the wonderful memories of the happiness you gave my father with your music. Sincere Condolences to his family.

Posted by Charlotte Skaggs - fan   September 26, 2012

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We will miss your smile and your voice.

Posted by LINDA DOSSETT    September 26, 2012

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One of the very best singers in my lifetime. You will be missed terribly but your voice will live on in your beautiful songs. From one of your biggest fans!

Posted by Jackie - fan   September 26, 2012

what a wonderful man and entertainer....I first saw Andy in 1961 at The Palmer House in Chicago, IL...We have seen him at least 5 times in Branson including two performances of his Christmas Show..Ironically we had tickets to see him this coming Monday with the Osmonds at his Moon River Theatre....he will be missed so very much.

Posted by Paula Thompson Staton - kansas City, MO   September 26, 2012

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Our heartfelt condolences to the family. Thank you, Andy, for your wonderful, velvet voice and tremendous talent. We will remember you.

Posted by Finkey Family - admirers   September 26, 2012

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Thanks for all the wonderful music and memories.

Posted by Patricia    September 26, 2012

I enjoyed your music immensely for so many years. I grew up with you. I am so sorry you have left us. We will dearly miss you, Andy...

Posted by Jan Dunlap - Downey, CA - A Lifelong fan   September 26, 2012

Your music was the soundtrack of my life. Thank you for that. I will miss you. Rest in Peace....

Posted by Sally - Elgin, SC   September 26, 2012

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RIP Andy Williams. I was very fortunate to see him in concert. He will be missed.

Posted by shirley swiencki    September 26, 2012

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HAPPY HOLIDAY / THE HOLIDAY SEASON (Medley) means Christmas to me. Thank you for helping create that memory.

Posted by Elaine Haney    September 26, 2012

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I am so happy that I was able to see his show in Branson MO. It was wonderful and luckily I had great seats, really close. I was able to take a lot of fabulous pictures as well. I was there in 1996. I will always remember Moon River and where I was when I heard it for the first time. Also, I really enjoyed his Christmas specials on TV as well as his regular TV shows. It was such a family inspired show. I wish we had that kind of TV today. He will truly be missed but his music will live on forever.

Posted by Cheryl L Deters - Fan   September 26, 2012

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I have one of your Christmas Albums and play it every year. Well miss you

Posted by Chris - fan   September 26, 2012


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Andy Williams smiles as he speaks to reporters during a news conference in Tokyo in this July 25, 2004, photo. The Society of Singers has picked "Moon River" singer Andy Williams to receive its 17th Ella Award - for musical accomplishments that are equaled by their humanitarian efforts
Singer Andy Williams performs at the 93rd birthday and 88th year in show business gala salute to Milton Berle Sunday, July 22, 2001, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Singers Andy Williams, right, and Clint Black attend the 40th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York, Thursday, June 18, 2009.
Singer Andy Williams, right, and wife Debbie Haas Williams attends the 40th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony in New York, Thursday, June 18, 2009.
Andy Williams arrives at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute on Friday, Feb. 6, 2009, in Los Angeles.

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MY FAMILY & I HAVE THE BEST CHRISTMAS MEMORY OF ANDY IN ERIE, PA. HE CALLED ALL THE CHILDREN ON STAGE TO SING TO THEM AND MY DAUGHTER HOLLY(AGE 6 AT THE TIME) WENT RIGHT UP - EACH CHILD GOT A CANDY CANE & SHE STILL HAS IT TODAY & PUTS IT OUT EVERY CHRISTMAS! SHE IS NOW 29 YEARS OLD!!! CHERISHED MEMORIES OF ANDY WILLIAMS WILL LAST FOREVER!!!!!
MY FAMILY & I HAVE THE BEST CHRISTMAS MEMORY OF ANDY IN ERIE, PA. HE CALLED ALL THE CHILDREN ON STAGE TO SING TO THEM AND MY DAUGHTER HOLLY(AGE 6 AT THE TIME) WENT RIGHT UP - EACH CHILD GOT A CANDY CANE & SHE STILL HAS IT TODAY & PUTS IT OUT EVERY CHRISTMAS! SHE IS NOW 29 YEARS OLD!!! CHERISHED MEMORIES OF ANDY WILLIAMS WILL LAST FOREVER!!!!!