Andy Williams, 1927–2012
Andy Williams, the first host of the live annual GRAMMY Awards telecast, died Sept. 25 following a battle with bladder cancer. He was 84. Before launching his solo career in 1952, Williams performed as part of the Williams Brothers Quartet, with whom he appeared on Bing Crosby's 1944 hit "Swinging On A Star." During his solo career, Williams scored 14 Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200, including the 1963 Album Of The Year GRAMMY-nominated Days Of Wine And Roses; nine Top 10 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, including "Can't Get Used To Losing You" and "(Where Do I Begin) Love Story"; and six GRAMMY nominations, his last coming in 1966 for Best Vocal Performance, Male for The Shadow Of Your Smile. As host of "The Andy Williams Show," which aired from 1962–1967, Williams earned three Emmys for Outstanding Variety Series. Williams served as the host of the first seven live telecasts of the annual GRAMMY Awards, beginning with the 13th Annual GRAMMY Awards in 1971.