Howard Andrew “Andy” Williams was born in Wall Lake, Iowa on December 3, 1927. Andy Williams began his amazing career in his hometown of Wall Lake, Iowa. It was there he began singing with his three brothers in a local Presbyterian church choir that was established by his parents. At the tender age of 8, Andy made his professional singing debut as part of the Williams Brothers Quartet.
It wasn’t long before Andy had his first top 10 hit with “Canadian Sunset”. What followed was a string of hits that included “Butterfly”, “Lonely Street”, “The Village of St. Bernadette”, and “The Hawaiian Wedding Song” for which he received the first of his five Grammy Awards nominations. In 1962, he began his 25 year association with Columbia Records. His subsequent recordings were best sellers and resulted in his receiving 18 gold and 3 platinum certified albums.
He is now more popular than ever and is known throughout the U.K. as the “Emperor of Cool”.
In 2007 he opened his one-of-a-kind restaurant called the Moon River Grill, which features a lot of his mother’s favorite recipes and has many works from his collection of pop art. Andy’s autobiography titled “Moon River and Me,” published by Viking Press, was released in October, 2009. It soon rose to #10 on the L.A. Times Best Seller List.
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