Williams began his career singing with his brothers in a quartet as a child, but found fame as a solo act in the 1950s. He became associated with the song “Moon River” after performing it at the 1962 Academy Awards. He would name his theater in Branson the Moon River Theater, and spent the last 20 years of his life performing there.
During his long career, he recorded 17 Gold records, three of which also went Platinum. He also is credited/blamed for discovering “The Osmonds” after they appeared on his variety TV show, “The Andy Williams Show.”
An avid golfer, Williams hosted the Andy Williams San Diego Open on the PGA tour from 1968 to 1988 at Torrey Pines. It is now known as the Farmers Insurance Open.
Besides singing, Williams acted in films as well, appearing in “Kansas City Kitty,” “I’d Rather Be Rich,” “RECOiL” and “Something in the Wind.”
Williams is survived by his wife of 21 years, Debbie, and three adult children, Noelle, Christian and Robert.