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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 Casting Crowns: The Altar and the Door

Casting Crowns: The Altar and the Door Live

2008 NR

Contemporary Christian Grammy winners Casting Crowns perform eight live numbers, including their chart-topping hits "East to West" and "Every Man," in this documentary, which also features a video for their single "Slow Fade." Lead singer and youth pastor Mark Hall also contributes several teaching videos for use in church services or Bible studies. Other songs include "Praise You with the Dance," "The Word Is Alive" and "All Because of Jesus."

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