Emmy-winning TV host and "Moon River" crooner Andy Williams has died at age 84. Williams' publicist said Wednesday that the singer died Tuesday night at his home in Branson, Missouri following a year-long battle with bladder cancer.
Williams was born December 3, 1927 in Wall Lake, Iowa. His first performance was in a children's choir at the local Presbyterian church. He later sang with his brothers on radio stations across the Midwest, including WHO in Des Moines.
Williams became a major star in 1956 with the swing number "Canadian Sunset." His popular TV show in the 1960s first introduced the nation to the Osmond family and through his Christmas specials, he became closely associated with the holiday standard "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year." The Oscar-winning theme to "Love Story" was one of his many top 10 hits.