Singer Andy Williams, best known for his hits "Moon River" and "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You", has died at age 84 at his home in Branson, Missouri. He succumbed to a yearlong battle with bladder cancer, his family shared to Reuters.com
He has been performing these past years at his own Moon River Theater until he was 80 years old. Established in 1992 at Branson, he has performed there numerous times since it was erected even while he was touring around the world.
Born in Wall Lake, Iowa on December 3, 1927, he started singing professionally at the tender age of 8 with his three older brothers simply called The Williams Brothers.
When he decided to go solo, he already scored his first hit called "Butterfly" in 1957. It was then followed by other timeless songs like "Born Free", "Days Of Wine and Roses", "The Shadow Of Your Smile", "Can't Get Used To Losing You", "Solitaire", "Music To Watch Girls By", "Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You", and the theme song to the 1970 movie, "Love Story".
His 1962 Academy Awards performance of biggest hit, "Moon River", also sung by Audrey Hepburn in the movie "Breakfast At Tiffany's".
Adding to his already long list of hits are his Christmas singles like "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" and "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" both ranked as the most frequently performed Christmas songs in 2006 by the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers at sixth and 11th respectively.
He has 18 gold records and 3 platinum hits under his name and even had his own variety show during the peak of his career.
Andy Williams has shared with us his talent and a list of classic songs every generation will enjoy. Thank you, Andy.