Among the most eminent and influential musical artists of the 20th century was Andy Williams who was a renowned music icon in America that reigned for decades with a record sales of over 100 million worldwide. Having entered show business in the 1960s after a successful music career with his three elder brothers, he gave his last performance in November 2011 during which he announced to his fans that he was undergoing bladder cancer treatment of which he later succumbed to on 25th September 2012. From a young age, little Andy knew that he was meant to be a singer which led him to join his three elder brothers at a small Presbyterian church children’s choir and they went on to form a quartet traditional pop boy band named The Williams Brothers. For an overview of Andy Williams’ brothers and their whereabouts, scroll further.
Did Andy Williams Have Brothers?
Andy Williams was born, Howard Andrew Williams on 3rd December 1927 in Wall Lake, Iowa, the United States as the second youngest child of six children (four boys and two girls) born to his parents, Florence (née Finley) and Jay Emerson Williams. He had three elder brothers, Bob, Don, and Dick Williams of whom he later formed a singing quartet called The Williams Brothers which went on to perform on TV, radio, movies, and nightclubs from 1938 to 1990s. Below are the profiles of Andy Williams’ brothers and their achievements.
Bob Williams was the eldest son of Florence and Jay Emerson Williams who was born as Robert F. Williams on 1st January 1918 in Wall Lake, Iowa, United States. He was inclined towards music at a very young age which prompted him to join the children’s choir of a local Presbyterian church while growing up. He was part of The Williams Brothers that performed at many radio stations including WHO (AM radio station) in Des Moines, Iowa, WLS in Chicago, and WLW in Cincinnati. At the height of their musical career, they signed a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios Inc. which enabled the band to feature in several musical films including Janie (1944), Kansas City Kitty (1944), and Something in the Wind (1947). Following the disbandment of the boy group, Bob Williams annually featured in his younger brother’s show, The Andy Williams Christmas Show from 1962 to 1990.
Born as Donald J. Williams on 9th October 1992 in Wall Lake, Iowa, Don is also a singer and actor in his own right. After the disbandment of The Williams Brothers, Don went solo and later joined a singing quartet group, The Masquers along with Burl Ives to release a 1951 music video titled ‘Noah Found Grace in the Eyes of the Lord’.
He also featured in many TV shows including Nat King Cole and The Eddie Fisher TV shows where he regularly performed. He also sang in several TV commercials. After the inauguration of the new Tropicana Las Vegas hotel where he performed an opening act, Don went on to frequently perform at the hotel for two years as well as performing in the 1958 musical show, Tropicana Holiday. He later became an agent and manager and often featured annually in his younger brother’s show, The Andy Williams Christmas Show from 1962 through the 1990s. He also appeared in many musical films including Janie (1944), Kansas City Kitty (1944), and Something in the Wind (1947). In honor of his great contributions to his hometown, Iowa, Don Williams County Park was named after him in Iowa state.
Dick Williams was an American singer and actor who was the elder brother of Andy Williams as well as part of the 1930s singing quartet boy band, The Williams Brothers. He was born as Richard Blaine Williams on 7th June 1926 in Wall Lake, Iowa, United States. He enrolled at Western Hills High School, Cincinnati, Ohio while his family was living in Cheviot, Ohio.
He later completed his high school at University High School, West Los Angeles after they relocated to California. Along with his brothers, they collaborated with Bing Crosby to sing the 1944 hit record ‘Swinging on the Star’. He also featured in many musical films which include The Harvey Girls, Ladies’ Man, Something in the Wing, among many others. Following the disbandment of the band, Dick Williams joined Harry James band and later landed on Broadway in August 1951. He released one album titled ‘Love is Nothin But Blues’ with many singles which includes ‘Rock Hearted Mama’, ‘Livin It Up’, ‘A Man Is Ten Feet Tall’ and many others.
Where Are They Now?
Among Andy Williams’ brothers, Don Williams is the only one who is still alive now. Bob Williams died on 23rd September 2003 in Terra Bella, CA, the United States at the age of 85. Then Andy Williams later succumbed to cancer of the bladder on 25th September 2012 at his home in Branson, Missouri at the age of 84. While Dick Williams died from a natural cause on 5th May 2018 in Burbank, California, the United States at the age of 91.