Singers lead Moon River tribute to Andy Williams

Entertainer Andy Williams was remembered for a smooth voice that could soothe the soul, an inviting smile and a warmth that became synonymous with Christmas as celebrities and fans alike gathered for a memorial tribute at his Moon River Theatre in Branson, the south west Missouri town he adopted as his home.

Williams, who died last month at the age of 84 after a battle with cancer, was serenaded in absentia by a series of musical artists who got their start with him decades ago or had performed with him over the years – the Lennon Sisters, Osmond Brothers and Gatlin Brothers, among them.

Williams himself also appeared on the video screen as clips recalling his musical albums, TV variety show and Christmas specials were played. More than 1,000 people attended the tribute hosted by entertainer Peter Marshall that started as an invitation-only event, but was opened to fans as word spread.

Williams had three platinum and 18 gold records in a career that began at the age of eight.

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