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    • Andy appeared on an episode of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous in 1988 with his (then) 15 year old son Bobby, the segment was filmed in Leningrad, Russia.

    • Andy's "Hollywood Walk of Fame" star is located at 6667 Hollywood Blvd.

    • In 1965, Andy performed five nights at the Iowa State Fair and received the key to the city. In 1984, he began annual Christmas tours.

    • Andy's father, Jay, was a railroad clerk.

    • Andy's parents were Jay and Florence Williams.

    • In the spring of 1999, Andy found himself back on the record charts once again. In England, a commercial for the Fiat automobile company featured Andy's version of "Music to Watch Girls By," which was a minor hit for him in 1967. The ad became so popular that the record company re-released the song as a single and this time around it was a top 10 hit. Because of the renewed interest in his music, Andy made his first trip to England in a decade and appeared on several television shows and radio programs. The response from crowds of all ages was incredible.

    • Andy's birthplace in Wall Lake, Iowa is a tourist attraction open most of the year.

    • Andy's only Billboard #1 hit was the single "Butterfly" a cover of a Charlie Gracie record on which Andy supposedly imitated Elvis Presley.

    • Andy's solo career began in 1952 after his brothers left the act.

    • Andy first performed in a children's choir at the local Presbyterian church.

    • Andy first television gig was as a regular performer on Steve Allen's Tonight Show. For 2 1/2 years he appeared on Allen's show which led to his first recording contract with Cadence Records.

    • Andy is a major art collector. His incredible collection features works from Picasso to Jackson Pollack.

    • Andy has 3 German Short-haired Pointers named Cody, Sophie, and Molly.

    • Andy's favourite hobby is playing golf.

    • Andy hosted the Andy Williams San Diego (golf) Open for 20 years.

    • Andy has 3 brothers, and 1 sister: Bob, Don, Dick & Jane. Another (younger) brother, Buddy, died at a young age from spinal meningitis.

    • In 1965, Andy received 3rd place for the Golden Laurel New Faces, Male Award.

    • In 1968, Andy was nominated for the Golden Globe for Best TV Star - Male
      for: The Andy Williams Show (1962).

    • In 1963, Andy was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series for: The Andy Williams Show (1962).

    • In 1964, Andy was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Performance in a Variety or Musical Program or Series
      for: The Andy Williams Show (1962).

    • In 1960, Andy co-starred with James Komack in a pilot for a series loosely based on the Bing Crosby/Bob Hope "Road" movies called Two for the Road. The series didn't interest any of the networks.

    • Andy has been married twice. First to Claudine Longet from 1961 - 1975 (they had seperated in 1969), and currently to Debbie Haas whom he married in May, 1991.

    • Andy's high baritone voice was used, along with his brothers, whenever Kay Thompson would do vocal arrangements at M-G-M.

    • Andy's ex-wife Claudine Longet is the infamous shooter of champion skier Spider Sabitch in 1976 in Aspen, CO. She claimed it was accidental and received 30 days in jail. Andy went to Aspen to be by her side after the shooting but she ran away with her married defense attorney to Mexico.

    • For many years, Andy was the owner and featured performer at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater, in Branson, Mo., where he can always find a appreciative, and frequently sold-out, audience.

    • Andy was the first headline performer at Caesar's Palace casino in Las Vegas, on 6 August 1966.

    • Andy sang "The Battle Hymn of the Republic" at friend Robert F. Kennedy's funeral.

    • Andy is the uncle of twin singer/songwriters David and Andrew Williams. Best known as The Williams Brothers.

    • Andy has three children by his first wife. Daughter Noelle, and sons Christian & Bobby.

  • Quotes

    • Andy Williams: (on his support of ex-wife Claudine Longet after she killed her lover, skier Spider Sabich, in 1976) I had to be there for her. She is the mother of my children. And we never stopped being friends. I still accept her story that the shooting was accidental. Bing Crosby's wife once told me that she was amazed that I had taken so much trouble to help Claudine after we divorced. I said that anybody would have done the same thing, and she said: 'Bing wouldn't.' I think she meant that Bing was a very rigid guy, and once you had screwed up, you were off his list. Well, that's not the kind of guy I am.

    • Andy Williams: I still don't think I'm as good as anyone else.

    • Andy Williams: The important things are children, honesty, integrity and faith.

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