Mason Williams
American guitarist
Mason Williams
Mason Williams is an American guitarist and composer, best known for his guitar instrumental "Classical Gas". He is also a comedy writer, known for his writing on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, and Saturday Night Live. He is also an eclectic poet and lyricist who has published several books.
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Colonoscopy Serenade
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Retired cantor Janice Woltag Cohen just turned 50. We Boomers all know what that means. It's Colonoscopy Time! A colonoscopy! That fabulous 50th birthday present you give to yourself. Yes, it's yucky. But it's absolutely necessary. (It could save your life.) As kids growing up in the 50s, we joined the Micky Mouse Club. Now that we've hit the half century mark, it's time for the Colonoscopy Club. Looking at a day filled with poop-inducing "cocktails," lots of clear fluids, maybe a little jello and a million trips to the bathroom, Cohen decided to have a little fun. She needed some distraction. Not to mention something that would get her in the right mood for that very special procedure. So, she logged on to Facebook and posted a question: "What songs should I put on my colonoscopy mix tape?" Cohen has 1,412 Facebook friends. Most of them are Boomers. And, apparently, all of them are smart asses. They were on it in a flash: The first suggestion? "'Ring of Fire' by Joh ...
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Music Review: Mason Williams - 'The Mason Williams Phonograph Record'
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
Music Review: Mason Williams - 'The Mason Williams Phonograph Record' Seattle Post-Intelligencer Copyright 2013 Seattle Post-Intelligencer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Published 10:00 pm, Saturday, July 6, 2013 Mason Williams was a writer for the Smothers Brothers who released a half-brilliant, half-odd, but very popular album back in 1968.
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Lincoln Mitchell: The Next Yankee World Series Team
Huffington Post Sports - almost 4 years
Mariano Rivera, who has announced that 2013 will be his last season, is one of the best and, from my subjective view, coolest ballplayers ever. This year, at age 43, he is seeking to comeback from an injury that cost him almost all of the 2012 season. If he saves 50 games, has an ERA under 2.00 and a strikeout to walk ratio of better than 4:1, most Yankee fans would be extremely happy to see their favorite pitcher come all the way back. They would also not be terribly surprised, because Rivera is unlike any other pitcher in the game. Unfortunately, even another great season from a future first ballot Hall of Famer like Rivera, will not push the team much closer to a championship. The first reason for this is quotidian, Rivera's replacement last year, Rafael Soriano, put up strong numbers, saving 42 games with a 2.26 ERA, so there is not a lot of room for improvement from the closer. The second is more abstract, and more troubling for the Yankees. The team is no longer at a ...
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Wolfgang Puck Sued For Clumsy Waitress
Huffington Post - about 4 years
TMZ reports that a diner named Tamara Mason-Williams is suing Wolfgang Puck after getting a side of concussion with her dinner at the chef's Washington, DC restaurant The Source. Mason-Williams was allegedly sitting at a table in the Asian-fusion eatery when a waitress in the restaurant accidentally clonked her over the head with a heavy metal pitcher, giving her a concussion. She blames Puck for failing to adequately train his staff, and is now suing, according to TMZ, for unspecified damages to compensate for "lost income and medical expenses." Puck, who owns more restaurants than any other celebrity chef, is no stranger to lawsuits involving his employees. But most of the others ones in recent years have been filed by employees, many of whom accused him of discrimination, not customers.
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Hundreds gather in Pasadena to honor slain youth coach
LATimes - about 4 years
About 400 people gathered Thursday evening at the steps of Pasadena City Hall to mourn a youth sports coach killed by stray gunfire on Christmas morning in Pasadena. Victor McClinton, a Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department technician, was killed Tuesday outside his home in the 1900 block of Newport Avenue, near Wyoming Street. A second man who may have been the target of the drive-by shooting was wounded by gunfire, according to police. McClinton, 49, founded the Brotherhood Community Youth Sports League nearly two decades ago and served as its volunteer director, the Pasadena Sun reported. Many of those in attendance were current or former league participants and their parents. As a coach and mentor, McClinton had a positive impact on thousands of lives, said businessman Danny Bakewell Sr., chairman of the Brotherhood Crusade. McClinton ran the league separately from the Brotherhood Crusade but received support from the Los Angeles-based civil rights group. McClinton's o ...
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Alexis Schaitkin, Mason Williams - Weddings
NYTimes - over 4 years
The couple met when they were students at Princeton.
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Dylan Bundy Gave Up A Run… Don’t Worry, It was Unearned
Baltimore Sports Report - almost 5 years
Dylan Bundy might actually be human after all.  Bundy-watch was in full swing last night at the Orioles prospect took the mound on for Single-A Delmarva on the road in Charleston and was charged with an unearned run. Bundy finished the outing with three innings of one hit ball and recorded eight of his nine outs with strikeouts.  He’s now struck out 33 batters in his 20 innings pitched this season and has surrendered just two hits and two free passes. He left the game last night with the shorebirds trailing 1-0, but didn’t record the loss as Delmarva tied the game. Thank goodness.’s Steve Melewski has all the deets on Bundy’s latest outing. With two outs and no one on, he struck out Mason Williams but Williams reached first on a wild pitch. He then scored on a somewhat bizarre sequence where catcher Gabriel Lino threw a ball back wildly toward Bundy and it went into center field. Center fielder Glynn Davis then threw towards third to try and get Mason out, but ...
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Record Store Day: More with Mason Williams
Democrat Herald - almost 5 years
Week of April 20-27, 2012
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Comment on Yankees Top Prospect Countdown: #5 Mason Williams by AviD
Yanks Go Yard - about 5 years
I think the risk factor is less with Mason compared to Ravel Santana. He’s done it at a higher level and his K rate is much lower than Santana’s as well. To me he’s the second best prospect in the system behind Montero.
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Yankees Top Prospect Countdown: #5 Mason Williams
Yanks Go Yard - about 5 years
Photo credit: Fox Sports   #5 – <a class="fplink fp-594492" href="/mason+williams">Mason Williams</a> Bats: L            Throws: R Height: 6’0”    Weight: 150 D.O.B.: 8/21/91          Highest MiLB Level: Low-A Stats: 2010 (Rookie): .222/.263/.222; 19 PA, 18 AB, 0 R, 0 2B, 0 3B, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 SB, 1 BB, 4 K 2011 (Low-A): .349/.395/.468; 298 PA, 269 AB, 42 R, 11 2B, 6 3B, 3 HR, 31 RBI, 28 SB, 20 BB, 41 K … [visit site to read more]
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New faculty members for 2011-12: Part 2 - Inside BU
Google News - over 5 years
Loretta Mason-Williams, assistant professor of special education in the School of Education, previously taught at the University of Wisconsin-Osh Kosh. She received her undergraduate degree in elementary education/special education from the University
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Taking field in postseason a minor concern - New York Post
Google News - over 5 years
Four players drafted out of high school last year by the Yankees -- outfielders Mason Williams and Ben Gamel, second baseman Angelo Gumbs and shortstop and first-round pick Cito Culver --were key cogs in the Baby Bombers&#39; offense all season long
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Staten Island Yankees blank Brooklyn Cyclones in playoff opener, 2-0 -
Google News - over 5 years
file photo by Derek AlvezStaten Island&#39;s Mason Williams opened Thursday night&#39;s playoff game with a triple, but it was his diving catch in centerfield that had everyone talking. The Staten Island Yankees used a
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PawSox at the mercy of Boston for playoffs - Woonsocket Call
Google News - over 5 years
Former Pawtucket resident Mason Williams, also 20, has been slumping for a few days and seen his average for the Class A Staten Island Yankees drop to .346. Staten Island has three games left in its regular season and then will participate in the New
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Yankees rally, win McNamara title - Albuquerque Isotopes
Google News - over 5 years
Slater also praised Mason Williams, who went 2-for-5 with a stolen bases and a run scored, calling him a &quot;very exciting player.&quot; The 2010 fourth-round pick leads the league with a .352 average and is tied for the top spot with 26 steals
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Dante Bichette Jr. homers to lead Yankees to Gulf Coast League title - Orlando Sentinel
Google News - over 5 years
Staten Island&#39;s roster already includes former West Orange outfielder Mason Williams and former UCF outfielder Shane Brown. Staten Island (44-24) leads its division by two games with five games remaining entering Wednesday night
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Staten Island Yankees storm to 8-4 win over IronBirds before weekend games ... -
Google News - over 5 years
By Staten Island Advance Sports Desk ABERDEEN, Md. — Mason Williams paced a 15-hit attack by going 4 for 5 and Benjamin Gamel had three hits and four RBI as the Staten Island Yankees defeated the Aberdeen IronBirds 8-4 in a New York-Penn League game
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Mason Williams the center of attention for first-place Staten Island Yankees -
Google News - over 5 years
photo by Derek AlvezStaten Island&#39;s Mason Williams is leading the New York-Penn League in hits and batting average. Rookie centerfielder Mason Williams has been in the middle of an exciting summer run by the
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Mason Williams
  • 2008
    Age 69
    He lived for a time in Oakridge, and as of 2008 he has lived in Eugene, Oregon, with his Canadian-born wife, Karen, who is an attorney.
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  • 2007
    Age 68
    In October 2007, he was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame. and co-headlined a concert with Everclear and Paul Revere and the Raiders.
    More Details Hide Details Like many writer-performers, Williams was also a stand-up comedian. He set most of his comic ideas to music and sang or recited the jokes in lyric form with guitar accompaniment. In 1964, Vee-Jay Records released Them Poems, a record album on which Williams entertains a live audience with "them poems about them people", covering such varied topics as "Them Moose Goosers", "Them Sand Pickers" and "Them Surf Serfs". A typical "them poem" is "Them Banjo Pickers", which begins: "Them banjo pickers! Mighty funny ways. Same damn song for three or four days!" Several other "them" poems, along with many ditties, song lyrics, odd and amusing photographs from around the country and assorted bits of visual and verbal silliness are collected in The Mason Williams Reading Matter (Doubleday, 1969), and the Them Poems record album was reissued (also in 1969, on the heels of the success of "Classical Gas") as The Mason Williams Listening Matter.
    In January 2007, he was reunited with longtime friend and artist Edward Ruscha, performing at the Getty Center in Los Angeles.
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  • 2006
    Age 67
    In June 2006, Williams performed at his 50th high school reunion at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City.
    More Details Hide Details He performed as Mason Williams and Friends, the friends including Art Maddox, Mark Schneider, Thom Bergeron, Don Latarski, and Dennis Caffey, at concerts in Eugene and Springfield, Oregon and at the opening gala at the Richard E. Wildish Community Theater in Springfield. He also made special guest appearances in September with many other guitarists at Primal Twang in San Diego, California, and with Craig Einhorn and the Umpqua Symphony Orchestra in Roseburg, Oregon.
  • 2005
    Age 66
    In 2005, he collaborated with UK guitarist Zoe McCulloch on the album Electrical Gas.
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  • 2003
    Age 64
    In 2003, Williams released an EP, Music for the Epicurean Harkener, and was again nominated for a Grammy in 2004 for best instrumental album.
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  • 1999
    Age 60
    In the fall of 1999, he and the Bluegrass Band played for Byron Berline's Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival in Guthrie, Oklahoma with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic.
    More Details Hide Details Williams' music has been featured in several movies including The Story of Us, Cheaper by the Dozen, The Dish, The Heidi Chronicles, and Heartbreakers. His compositions have also been played on the television series The Sopranos.
    In 1999, Williams played again for the governor of Oregon's second inauguration.
    More Details Hide Details In February, Williams' "Bus" art piece was included in the Norton Simon Museum exhibition "Radical Past", in Pasadena, California. In the spring he played his Of Time and Rivers Flowing concert with the Oregon Children's Choral Festival, a two-day event involving 3,000 elementary school children singing water and rivers songs with Williams and his band. Williams received the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Oregon in honor of his Contribution to Oregon's arts.
  • 1998
    Age 59
    In 1998, BMI, the performance rights organization that tracks air play performances on radio and television, presented Williams with a Special Citation of Achievement in recognition of the great national and international popularity of "Classical Gas".
    More Details Hide Details By 2008, the song logged over six million broadcast performances, to become the all-time number-one instrumental composition for air play in BMI's repertoire.
  • 1995
    Age 56
    In 1995, Williams was invited to play for Oregon governor John Kitzhaber's inauguration and in 1996, Williams received an honorary Doctorate of Music from his alma mater, Oklahoma City University.
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  • 1994
    Age 55
    In 1994, he played six sold-out concerts with the Oregon Symphony in Portland, Oregon.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1990s he also performed with the Eugene Symphony with friend Ken Kesey. Williams then concentrated on a variety of programs for his concert appearances. His "Concert For Bluegrass Band And Orchestra", also titled "Symphonic Bluegrass", has been performed with over 40 symphony orchestras, including the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, Kansas City Symphony, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Louisville Orchestra, and the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. In 1984, Williams released an album, Of Time & Rivers Flowing, on his own Skookum label, containing 14 of the approximately 35 songs performed in the concert. In 1993, the title cut from the album was used as the soundtrack for a ninety-second public service announcement (PSA) created by The American Rivers Council on the home video release of Robert Redford's film A River Runs Through It. The PSA was also on the 1995 home video release of The River Wild.
    Married Katherine Elizabeth Kahn in February, 1994, after first planning to marry in 1971; divorced after ten years.
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  • 1992
    Age 53
    Williams released an acoustic instrumental album of Christmas and holiday music, A Gift of Song, on the Real Music label, featuring arrangements of traditional carols and original compositions. In 1992, the Vanguard label released Music 1968–1971, a compilation of cuts from his five Warner Bros. albums recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
    More Details Hide Details Williams relates when compiling the album that he went to Warner Bros. and asked "Where's that painting that Ed did for that old "Music" cover?" and was told it had been thrown away; a probable loss of 3–5 million dollars. In conjunction with the release of this album, Williams added a "Holiday Concert Program" to his repertoire, featuring music from the album as well as other traditional music of the season.
  • 1987
    Age 48
    In 1987, Williams teamed up with Mannheim Steamroller to release a new album on the American Gramaphone label. The album, titled Classical Gas, included a remake of the 1968 song. Another cut from this album, "Country Idyll", was a 1988 nominee for a Grammy in the country music category for "Best Instrumental Performance by a Soloist, Group or Orchestra".
    More Details Hide Details The album went gold in 1991. Williams' plexiglass guitar appears on the cover of this album.
  • 1968
    Age 29
    It was on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour that he created and perpetuated the 1968 "Pat Paulsen for President" campaign, an elaborate political satire.
    More Details Hide Details Williams also helped launch the career of entertainer Steve Martin. Martin was hired by Williams as a writer on the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, for which his contributions were initially paid out of Williams' own pocket. In 1968, he won an Emmy Award for his work as a comedy writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. Other television personalities he has written for include Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, Dinah Shore, Roger Miller, and Petula Clark. In 1980, Williams briefly served as head writer for NBC's Saturday Night Live, but left after clashing with producer Jean Doumanian. In 1988, Williams received his third Emmy nomination as a comedy writer for his work on The Smothers Brothers 20th Reunion Special on CBS. In February 2000, Williams participated in the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. The sixth annual festival honored The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and its contribution to television. Williams performed a concert with Tom and Dick Smothers, and again on a late night show with performers that included Catherine O'Hara, Martin Short, Andrea Martin, Steve Martin, Robin Williams, and Marc Shaiman.
    "Classical Gas" was released as a single from The Mason Williams Phonograph Record in 1968. "Classical Gas" won three Grammys that year for "Best Instrumental (theme) Composition", "Best Instrumental (theme) Performance", and "Best Instrumental Orchestra Arrangement", Mike Post, arranger.
    More Details Hide Details It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. He also wrote songs for The Kingston Trio. For both Handmade and Sharepickers, Mason received two more Grammy nominations for "Best Album Cover Design".
    Together with Nancy Ames he wrote "Cinderella Rockefella", a 1968 number one hit for Esther and Abi Ofarim in the United Kingdom.
    More Details Hide Details In 1970, Williams made a television appearance on a variety show, Just Friends, which reunited regulars of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. To create a visual element for his performance, he used a special playable classical plexiglass guitar built for him by Billy Cheatwood and a prop designer for ABC. For the performance, Williams filled the guitar with water and added a couple of goldfish. He then used the plexiglass guitar to finger-sync his hit version of "Classical Gas". Williams has recorded more than a dozen albums, five on the Warner Bros. label (The Mason Williams Phonograph Record, The Mason Williams Ear Show, Music, Handmade, and Sharepickers). The LP cover for the 1968 'Music' was painted by Edward Ruscha. The credit reads "Sorry, Cover by Edward Ruscha.
    In 1968 Williams won three Grammy Awards for his guitar instrumental "Classical Gas".
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  • 1961
    Age 22
    Mason Douglas Williams was born in Abilene, Texas; son of Jackson Eugene (a tile setter) and Kathlyn (Nations) Williams; married Sheila Ann Massey, April 22, 1961 (divorced); children: Kathryn Michelle.
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  • 1956
    Age 17
    Williams grew up dividing his time between living with his father in Oklahoma and his mother in Oakridge, Oregon. He graduated from Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in 1956.
    More Details Hide Details It was in Oklahoma that he began his lifelong friendship with artist Edward Ruscha. Williams attended Oklahoma City University (1957–60) and North Texas State University for one semester. Military Service: U.S. Navy, 1961–63.
  • 1938
    Born on August 24, 1938.
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