* 26 September 2012 RIP*
US singer Andy Williams, who died aged 84 following a battle with bladder cancer, was
probably best known for his signature tune Moon River. Many will know him from his
1967 song Music To Watch Girls by - which was used in TV ads for the Fiat Punto in
Following its appearance in the TV spots, the track was re-released in the UK and
reached No 9 in the charts - beating its original placing of No 33, 32 years earlier.
Born in 1927 in Iowa, US, the singer began his career as part of The Williams Brothers,
performing with real-life relatives Bob, Don and Dick. They enjoyed radio success, even
working with the legendary Bing Crosby on the Oscar-winning movie theme, Swinging
On A Star. However, while The Williams Brothers featured on two 1948 tracks it wasn't
until 1954 that Andy went solo - and not until 1956 that he first entered the US chart with
his single Canadian Sunset.
Everything changed following the success of Butterfly.He went on to release a string of
hits in a career that was eventually to earn him 18 gold and three platinum albums. In
1962, he released what was to become his theme song, Moon River - originally sung by
Audrey Hepburn in the classic film, Breakfast At Tiffany's.
He married French actress Claudine Longett the same year, and before their split in
1975 the pair had three children together, Robert, Noelle and Christian.
Andy became a regular fixture on US TV with The Andy Williams Show, which ran
between 1959 and 1971 and featured the star performing as well as chatting to celebrity
guests. Stars of the day flocked to appear on the triple-Emmy-winning show, from The
Bee Gees to Johnny Cash, and Ray Charles, with The Osmonds making regular
One of the most popular entertainers of the day, US President Ronald Reagan later
called him "a national treasure".