Andy Williams, the crooner whose signature song “Moon River” became the title of his popular NBC variety series The Andy Williams Show in the 1960s died Tuesday in Branson, Mo. He was 84. Williams had performed in Branson at his own theater until last year, when he announced he had bladder cancer. “Moon River” wasn’t written by Williams — it was penned by Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer and Audrey Hepburn’s Holly Golightly sang it in 1961’s Breakfast At Tiffany’s. But he sang it at the 1962 Academy Awards and it was his from then on. The Andy Williams Show began that year and ran in various formats until 1971, winning three Emmys for outstanding variety series. He also did several Christmas TV specials. Williams performed several theme songs in the movies, including for Love Story, The Way We Were and Days Of Wine And Roses.
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