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Andy Williams dies at 84

September 26, 2012

    ST. LOUIS (AP) — With a string of gold albums, a hit TV series and the signature ‘‘Moon River,’’ Andy Williams was a voice of the 1960s, although not the ‘60s we usually hear about.
    ‘‘The old cliche says that if you can remember the 1960s, you weren’t there,’’ the singer 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.’’
    Williams’ plaintive tenor, boyish features and wholesome, middle-America appeal helped him outlast many of the rock stars who had displaced him and such fellow crooners as Frank Sinatra and Perry Como. He remained on the charts into the 1970s, hosting hugely popular Christmas TV specials, and continued to perform in his 80s at the Moon River Theatre he built in Branson, Mo.
    In November 2011, when Williams announced that he had been diagnosed with bladder cancer, he vowed to return to performing the following year: His 75th in show business.
    Williams died Tuesday night at his home in Branson following a yearlong battle with the disease, his Los Angeles-based publicist, Paul Shefrin, said Wednesday. He was 84.
 

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