Legendary music icon Don Williams, who partnered with Andy Williams and his brothers, Dick and Bob, on radio, in films, and in a singing quartet with Bing Crosby and Kay Thompson, has died at the age of 100. According to The Hollywood Reporter, a US-based news outlet, Williams died of natural causes on Friday at her home in Branson. Don, born October 9, 1922, in Wall Lake, Iowa—was the middle child of the poly quartet. Early in the morning in Des Moines, Iowa, he and his brothers did their live radio show before going to school.
The boys appeared on stations in Chicago and Cincinnati before they reached Los Angeles and charted the 1944 hit “Swinging on a Star” with Crosby. His father, a railroad worker, moved the family around so the children could perform in larger cities. Later, they joined forces with Thompson (they had a stint at the Plaza in New York) to form a legendary nightclub act. The brothers joined the studio choir under the direction of Thompson, who headed MGM’s vocal department, and appeared in such films as Anchors Away (1945), Ziegfeld Follies (1945), The Harvey Girls (1946), and Good News (1947). lamps. , Additionally, she starred in the musicals Ladies’ Man (1947), Something in the Wind (1947), Kansas City Kitty (1944), and Jenny (1944). (1947).
Don appeared on Playhouse 90 without his brothers in a 1956 episode and performed as a headliner at the Tropicana Hotel in 1957, shortly after his Las Vegas debut. King Cole as host. Later, he changed careers and began working as an agent and manager, his clients being Mary Tyler Moore and singers Ray Stevens and Roger Miller. During WWII, he and Dick served in the United States Merchant Marine, and they were both radio operators on the same tanker. (Bob and Andy were both in the Merchant Marine; Andy was much younger).
Don Williams County Park is named for him in Boone County, Iowa. Andy Williams was born the youngest of three boys in 1927 and is best known for his easy-listening classics “Moon River,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” and “Where Do I Begin?” are known for. as well as his long-running TV variety show. He died at the age of 84.
Andy Williams was born the youngest of three boys in 1927 and is best known for his easy-listening classics “Moon River,” “Days of Wine and Roses,” and “Where Do I Begin?” are known for. He died at the age of 84 along with his long-running TV variety show. Bob Williams, the eldest child, died in September 2003 at the age of 85. Dick, born in 1926, passed away in May 2018. 91.
Don is survived by his wife of 41 years, twin sons, David and Andy, and a grandson, Harrison. Their sons also recorded under the Williams Brothers name, with songs such as “What’s Your Name” and “Can’t Cry Hard Enough”.
(With inputs from ANI)