People

ABA Mourns Crooner Andy Williams

Posted on September 26, 2012

Andy Williams rides on a classic car during the 3rd Annual Branson Holiday Promenade of Stars parade on November 9, 2009.
Andy Williams rides on a classic car during the 3rd Annual Branson Holiday Promenade of Stars parade on November 9, 2009.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Entertainer Andy Williams, who began his long and illustrious career in 1938 at 11 years old, died on Sept. 25, 2012, at his home in Branson, Mo., surrounded by his family. He was 84.

He earned 18 Gold Records, hosted a network variety show for nine years and the Grammy Awards for seven consecutive years. Beginning in 1966, he sold out Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas for 20 years. For four decades he hosted his annual network Christmas Specials, earning him the nickname "Mr. Christmas."

In 1991, Williams began plans to build the "Moon River Theatre" in Branson, Mo. For more than 20 years, Williams packed the 2,000-seat theater, singing his hits and bringing other star performers to the Ozark Mountains. He is considered a trailblazer in Branson as one of the first non-country music acts to move to the Ozarks.

"We in the motorcoach, travel and tourism industry owe Mr. Williams a huge debt of gratitude, and we thank him for the tireless work he did for more than 20 years to promote Branson, Missouri, as a 'must-see' destination,” said ABA president and CEO Peter Pantuso in a prepared statement.

“His magnificent theater is still one of the most beautiful venues in Branson, winning awards for its spectacular architectural design that blends with the natural terrain of the Ozark Mountains," Pantuso said. "Branson and Andy Williams formed a true partnership, and the motorcoach, travel and tourism industry is proud to have called him a friend. We truly mourn his passing.”

Source: American Bus Association

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

GCLA Casino Night A Sure Bet For Pro-Industry Efforts

The annual fundraiser shows how a state group can boost lobbying, membership, and networking all in one place.

Supersized Chauffeur Downsizes By One Third

The human fast-food Hoover was so fat he could not longer fit behind the steering wheel of livery vehicles.

Limo Operator Who Killed Son, Shot Ex-Wife Is Found Dead

UPDATE: The suspect fugitive confessed to the shootings in a chilling Facebook video.

Choose Candidates Now For LCT People’s Choice Awards

Help select the industry’s most innovative and charitable operators.

Dav El | BostonCoach Hosts Limo Elite At Affiliate Meeting

The nation's largest chauffeured network immerses hundreds of operators in seminars and convention style.

See More News

Facebook Comments ()

Comments (0)

Post a Comment

Submit

Blogs

See More

See More

See More

See More

LCT Store

LCT Magazine - September 2016 $12.95 COVER STORY: * How Do We Max Our Markets? * *



Connect

Experience the three annual industry events for networking for business, showcasing vehicles and products, and getting the tools for success.

Read About Your Region

What’s Happening Near You?
Click on any state to see the latest industry news and events in that region.

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Metro Magazine

Serving the bus and passenger rail industries for more than a century

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

Please sign in or register to .    Close