Singer Andy Williams, a modern music legend perhaps best known for his recording of "Moon River," has died at the age of 84 after battling bladder cancer, his publicist has said.
Associated Press reporters Bob Thomas and Jim Salter write:
With an easy style and a mellow voice that President Ronald Reagan once termed "a national treasure," Williams proved ideal for television. "The Andy Williams Show," which lasted in various formats from 1957 to 1971, featured Williams alternately performing his stable of easy-listening ballads and bantering casually with his guest stars. He received 18 gold and three platinum albums over his long career and was nominated for five Grammy awards. He released an autobiography in 2009, "Moon River and Me: A Memoir."