Johnny Williams
American jazz drummer
Johnny Williams
Johnny Williams was an American jazz drummer and percussionist from the early 1930s to the late 1950s. In New York and Hollywood he worked on radio, in films, and as a recording artist. He is the father of Hollywood film score composer John Williams, and the grandfather of singer Joseph Williams.
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ACC FOOTBALL PREVIEW: Duke - StarNewsOnline.com (blog)
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... 225, Soph.; Walt Canty, 6-0, 215, S, Jr.; Johnny Williams, 5-9, 190, CB, Sr. Starters lost: Austin Kelly, WR; Bryan Morgan, C; Brandon King, TE; Patrick Egboh, DE, Wesley Oglesby, DE; Abraham Kromah, LB; Damian Thornton, LB; Chris Rwabukamba, CB
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Lindy's 2011 ACC Team Preview: Duke Blue Devils - Lyndy's Sports Annuals
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The questions come at cornerback, where sophomore Ross Cockrell and senior Johnny Williams will be under the spotlight. Cockrell started 12 games as a freshman and showed growing pains as he was inconsistent in coverage. A good athlete, Cockrell did
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Sheriff's office assists in arrest of accused bank robber - Warren Record
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Sheriff Johnny Williams said that the US Marshals contacted his office last Thursday and joined in efforts to apprehend the suspect, Robert D. Campbell, 21, of Petersburg, Va. Campbell was found at an apartment located at 132 Mosby Forest Dr. in
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Owner of campaign bus company: Secret Service hurting my business - Daily Caller
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But Johnny Williams, an Alabama businessman who makes a living by leasing these kinds of buses to political figures, said the Obama tour was just a painful reminder of how the government is doing things that could hurt his business
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Johnny Williams is missing - Today's THV
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Johnny Williams, 67, is mentally handicapped and has paranoid schizophrenia. Police have checked another address in the Wedgewood Creek area with no results. If you see him, police advise not to approach him, but to call 371-4666
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Top 68 Team Previews: #46 George Mason Patriots - The Hoops Report
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SG, Johnny Williams 6-8 Jr. PF, Corey Edwards 6-1 Fr. PG, Vaughn Gray 6-5 Fr. SF Jim Larranaga left George Mason and took his talents (and three assistants) to an ACC school on South Beach. Paul Hewitt was fired from an ACC school and replaces
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Birmingham man charged with manslaughter in fatal crash - al.com (blog)
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Birmingham police Sgt. Johnny Williams said the crash happened in the 600 block of Bankhead Highway on March 25. The Jefferson County Coroner's Office has said Michael Earl Alexander, 32, of Birmingham was killed when the motorcycle he was riding
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County talks cheap trash at budget meeting - Natchez Democrat
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Johnny Williams, a member of the Adams County maintenance crew, reported at Monday's budget meeting that there are four Dumpsters in the county for which the county pays for pick up, and one is behind the board of supervisors' building
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Prep notebook: John Marshall coach headed to Tulsa Washington - NewsOK.com
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... signed Wednesday with Central Baptist College, an NAIA program in Conway, Ark. “It's a great opportunity for Shawneil to show a lot of guys at Division I schools that they missed out on a complete player,” Crooked Oak coach Johnny Williams said
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Robbery suspect shot to death by Birmingham, Ala. police in Titusville area - The Republic
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Police Sgt. Johnny Williams says a resident stopped officers Tuesday afternoon and reported a robbery in progress. Williams says the officers began a foot chase of an armed male suspect, which ended with the suspect being fatally shot
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Police Reports July 10 - Montgomery Newspapers
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Johnny Williams of Philadelphia was arrested June 2 for retail theft, police said. Drug possession … Michael Heffner of Glenside was arrested July 2 for possession of marijuana and paraphernalia, police said. DUI … Zachary Uncangco of Perkasie was
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Lake Gaston break-ins unsolved - Roanoke Rapids Daily Herald
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Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams said both crimes were discovered June 30, but is not sure the same suspect or suspects pulled off both thefts. The first to be discovered was a break-in at the Re/Max at the Lake office in the 2100 block of Eaton
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Bachmann emulates Palin with whistle stop bus tour to canvass voters - Examiner.com
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Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann closed out the first week of her fight to garner the GOP nomination travelling through Iowa on an H3-45 Prevost tour bus registered to Johnny Williams – an Alabama company that specializes in political
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Teen runaways found - Warren Record
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Warren County Sheriff Johnny Williams reported today that two missing runaways were found late Tuesday night at a residence in Roanoke Rapids. Stepbrothers Matthew "Matt" Liverman and Joshua "Josh" Merritt, both 15, had been missing from the family
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Birmingham police seek information after woman found dead in apartment - al.com (blog)
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Sgt. Johnny Williams said foul play is not suspected, but they need help to positively identify the person. Officers from the South Precinct were called to 321 3rd Ave. SW at 11:45 am after the body was found by a concerned neighbor and resident
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Yellow house leased for restaurant - Your Houston News
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Johnny Williams said they have been looking for a business that would become the anchor of The Stroll. The owners “have the same goals that we do,” he said. “They have agreed to promote and help The Stroll (by) helping to host events
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Johnny Williams
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1985
    Age 80
    Died on October 19, 1985.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1953
    Age 48
    In the 1953 film Let's Do It Again, he "ghost-drummed" for actor Ray Milland.
    More Details Hide Details Williams recorded at least twice under his own name, as Johnny Williams and His Swing Sextet (1937, Variety Records) and Drummer Man Johnny Williams and His Boys (1939, Vocalion Records). These recordings reflect the standard Dixieland-swing style of the period, rather than the Scott novelty approach. Williams was born in Watertown, Massachusetts. While playing in the CBS Orchestra in New York during the 1930s, Williams studied architecture at Columbia University. He married Esther Towner. In a 2008 interview with Stan Warnow (Raymond Scott's son, a filmmaker) and Jeff Winner (of RaymondScott.com), Williams explained that his father was also an expert marksman who won national awards in pistol shooting. "He made his own ammunition," said John, "We had a target range in our basement in Queens where he practiced for pistol competitions". Williams was a marine instructor during World War II, specializing in the use of the Colt .45 handguns. An early Raymond Scott composition on which Williams fired a loaded pistol on microphone in the pre-Quintette days was a novelty entitled "Duet For Pistol and Piano". In one surviving shellac of a live radio program where this number was featured, Williams had to improvise rimshots to simulate the gunshots after the pistol he was firing failed.
  • 1948
    Age 43
    When Your Hit Parade moved to California in 1948, Williams relocated to the west coast.
    More Details Hide Details In Hollywood he found session work in films, performing for Columbia Pictures in soundtrack orchestras for such films as On the Waterfront, Picnic, and From Here to Eternity.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1939
    Age 34
    After dissolving his Quintette in 1939, Scott formed a swing-fashioned big band.
    More Details Hide Details Williams remained with the bandleader for at least one incarnation of Scott's newly constituted orchestra. (Scott re-formed the Raymond Scott Quintet sic in 1948, but Williams was not involved.) Throughout his association with Scott, Williams continued as an in-demand drummer for the CBS radio network. His assignments included playing for bands led by Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, Vincent Lopez, Leo Reisman, Jacques Renard, and Alfonso D'Artega. He drummed for singer Kate Smith's radio program and in Mark Warnow's orchestra on the long-running radio program Your Hit Parade in the 1930s and 1940s. (Note: Warnow was Scott's older brother.)
  • 1938
    Age 33
    Scott and his band returned to New York in 1938, allegedly due to the leader's disgust at Hollywood culture ("They think everything is 'wonderful'," he told an interviewer).
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  • 1937
    Age 32
    The Quintette recorded for the Master, Brunswick, and Columbia labels. When Scott went to Hollywood in late 1937 to work in motion pictures, Williams accompanied the bandleader and appeared on camera with the Quintette in the films Happy Landing (starring Sonja Henie, Ethel Merman, and Don Ameche), Sally, Irene and Mary (starring Alice Faye, Tony Martin, and Fred Allen), and Ali Baba Goes to Town (starring Eddie Cantor).
    More Details Hide Details Although he does not appear on camera, his drumming is heard with the Quintette in the films Nothing Sacred, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, and Just Around the Corner.
  • 1936
    Age 31
    Williams played drums in the New York-based CBS Radio orchestra in the early 1930s, and achieved stardom as drummer for the Raymond Scott Quintette from 1936 to 1939.
    More Details Hide Details Despite the name, the band was a sextet. Formed by Scott from the ranks of the CBS orchestra, the Quintette was an overnight sensation at the end of 1936, thanks to Scott's eccentric approach to jazz and idiosyncratic titles (e.g., "Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals" and "War Dance for Wooden Indians," both of which showcase the drummer's virtuosity). In addition to the standard jazz drum and cymbal setup, Williams used a lot of cowbell, wood block, and tuned percussion. He had a flawless sense of timing, and was able to execute faithfully the abrupt tempo shifts of Scott's dynamic arrangements. Existing film clips of the Quintette show Williams displaying a high degree of showmanship, including stick twirls, tom-tom rides, and popgun rim-shots. His theatrical, effects-heavy approach predated and no doubt influenced the hyperactive style of musician-comedian Spike Jones.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1905
    Age 0
    Born on November 15, 1905.
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