(RNN) - Singer Andy Williams died Tuesday night after a year-long fight with bladder cancer according to a representative from the public relations firm, The Shefrin Company.
The smooth-voiced crooner died at his home in Branson, Mo, after a year-long fight with bladder cancer.
This year, 2012, marked the singer's 75th year in show business. Williams has been awarded 17 gold and three platinum records, and has won three Emmy Awards for his television work.
Born in Wall Lake, IA, Williams began singing with his three brothers as the Williams Brothers. The quartet performed on the radio in all over the Midwest, becoming regulars on the Iowa's Barn Dance Show on WHO in Des Moines, IA.
The quartet also performed on WLS in Chicago and WLW in Cincinnati, catching the attention of Bing Crosby.
Thanks to Crosby, the Williams Brothers recorded their 1944 hit, Swinging on a Star.
After disbanding the group in 1951, Williams moved to New York and became a regular on Steve Allen's Tonight Show.
Williams' hit songs include Canadian Sunset, Butterfly, Lonely Street, The Village of St. Bernadette, and The Hawaiian Wedding Song - for which he received his first of five Grammy Award nominations.
From 1962 to 1971, Williams hosted the eponymous named variety show - The Andy Williams Show, which garnered three Emmy Awards for Best Variety Show.
Williams owned the Moon River Theatre in Branson, which was built in 1992, and named after his signature song Moon River - the Oscar winning songfrom the movie Breakfast at Tiffany's.
The singer's first wife was Claudine Longet. A year after the couple divorced in 1975, Longet was accused of killing
her boyfriend, alpine ski racer Spider Sabich in Aspen, CO. Williams was
by Longet's side during the trial.
Williams is survived by his wife Debbie, whom he married in 1991, and three children from his first marriage.
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Monday, May 20 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:35:49 GMT
(RNN) - On May 3, 1999, an F5 tornado touched down near Chickasha, OK and cut northeast through the state before dissipating near Midwest City, OK.Monday's tornado that devastated Moore, OK closely followedFull Story >
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:01 AM EDT2013-05-21 06:01:07 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundFull Story >
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Monday, May 20 2013 10:23 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:23:02 GMT
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A 23-year-old father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:39:58 GMT
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley. It happened just before 10 p.m. Monday night at the location on Madison Road. Initial reports are that two men with guns enteredFull Story >
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley.Full Story >
Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
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A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:33 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:33:16 GMT
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Two Ohio lawmakers want to make some changes to license plate requirements in the state, and it's all in an effort to save money.Full Story >
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A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 3:10 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:10:48 GMT
Several people are arrested after a raid at a Sycamore Township motel. Deputies raided the Drake Motel, located on Reading Road, on Monday morning. Several people were arrested at the scene but no namesFull Story >
Several people have been arrested after a raid at a Sycamore Township motel. Full Story >
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