Andy Williams, the smooth as silk voiced singing star, dead at age 84 after losing his battle with bladder cancer. Williams was in the music spotlight for six decades on concert stages and television shows as the ultimate Mr. Nice Guy, whose warm, personal style fit his music perfectly. Williams had divided in time in recent years between La Quinta, Calif., and Branson, where he owned the Moon River Theater — named after the song that had been his signature since 1962. He hosted his own TV variety show from 1962 to 1971 along with popular holiday specials into the 1990s. He recorded eight albums of Christmas music, tagging him with the affectionate nickname “Mr. Christmas.” Reflecting his reputation as a mainstream concert artist, Williams sang the National Anthem at the 1973 Super Bowl. He also hosted seven Grammy Awards shows, from 1971 to 1977. He is survived by his second wife of 21 years, Debbie Meyer and three children from his first marriage to singer Claudine Longet, Robert, Noelle and Christian.
| Sept. 26, 2012 at 8:39 a.m.