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Born Dec. 3, 1927, in Wall Lake, Iowa, crooner Andy Williams began his career as part of an all-brother quartet that came to be a staple on several Midwestern radio stations. When the act disbanded in 1951, Williams ventured out as a solo artist in New York City, where he became familiar to TV audiences after earning a slot as a regular on Steve Allen's "Tonight" show.

The two-year gig helped Williams land a recording contract in 1956, and his first album produced a succession of hit singles that included "Canadian Sunset" and "The Hawaiian Wedding Song," which was Grammy-nominated. In 1962, he parlayed his musical popularity into a weekly variety series that ran nine seasons, with his annual Christmas specials becoming a holiday fixture in American homes during this time.

Later years found Williams headlining in Las Vegas and performing at the multimillion-dollar theater he built in Branson, Mo. He died Sept. 25, 2012.

Andy Williams in The Best of Andy Williams: Christmas Shows

The Best of Andy Williams: Christmas Shows

2001 NR

Beloved singer and TV presence Andy Williams showcases his favorite moments from his annual Christmas show, which ran for eight years during the heyday of holiday variety specials. The Osmond Brothers and Williams's own family, the Williams Brothers, make special appearances. Chestnuts include "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year," "Happy Holidays," "Ave Maria," "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve," "Silver Bells" and others.

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