Paul Williams
Singer, Choreographer
Paul Williams
Paul Williams was an American baritone singer and choreographer. Williams is noted for being one of the founding members and original lead singer of the Motown group The Temptations. Along with David Ruffin, Otis Williams (no relation), and fellow Alabamians Eddie Kendricks and Melvin Franklin, Williams was a member of The Temptations during the "Classic Five" period. Personal problems and failing health forced Williams to retire in 1971.
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RUGBY WORLD CUP; Tonga's Rugby World Cup Hopes Fade as It Falls to 0-2
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AUCKLAND — Samoa and Tonga experienced mixed fortunes Wednesday as the Rugby World Cup resumed after two rest days, while England and France lost important players from their squads because of shoulder injuries. Winger Alesana Tuilagi collected a hat trick as Samoa scored six tries in a runaway 49-12 victory over Namibia to open its campaign,
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In Toronto, A Film That Altered Many Lives
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TORONTO -- Documentarians, those habitual defenders of life's losers, do not often get to win one. But Joe Berlinger and his sometime directing partner, Bruce Sinofsky, arrived on top at the Toronto International Film Festival for a Sunday night screening of their latest plea for social justice, ''Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory.'' A crowd of about 300
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NBA Rumors: The Biggest Speculation from Every Team and Its Credibility - Bleacher Report
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Then you would have Paul/Williams and Gordon in the backcourt, giving them a combination of scoring and passing that would make it impossible for teams to cheat to the inside. In short, the team would be essentially unstoppable
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Ageing warrior ready for final fling - Sydney Morning Herald
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''He's old, and he only can do a little bit,'' caretaker coach Paul Williams said of his former Sydney teammate, adding that Hall had managed to put his 34-year-old body through more training ahead of his farewell game than he did last week
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Arreola, Ramos Eye Fall Bouts, P. Williams Likely in 2012 - BoxingScene.com
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Chris Arreola and Paul Williams, two boxers on the comeback trail for vastly different reasons, are still exploring possible opponents and dates to close out the year, according to matchmaker Tom Brown of Goossen-Tutor Promotions
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Spare Times
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Around Town Museums and Sites Discovery Times Square: 'Pompeii the Exhibit' (Friday through Thursday) This exhibition, subtitled ''Life and Death in the Shadow of Vesuvius,'' features skeletons, body casts and other artifacts from Pompeii. (Through Sept. 5.) Friday, Saturday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 8
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AFL's Bulldogs not giving up on Ward - Sydney Morning Herald
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Western Bulldogs coach Paul Williams says the AFL club are still giving their all to persuade young gun midfielder Callan Ward to stay. Ward is considered likely to accept a huge five-year deal to join Greater Western Sydney, with even sacked Bulldogs
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Scarborough's Paul Williams jailed for spying on B&B guests - BBC News
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Paul Williams, 60, who runs the Sandsea guest house in Devonshire Drive, was jailed for 18 weeks at Scarborough Magistrates' Court. Williams, who admitted voyeurism and observing a private act for sexual gratification, also made recordings of couples ... - -
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Michael Paul Williams: With redistricting, Richmond drawing new race issue - Richmond Times Dispatch (blog)
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An African-American member of the Richmond School Board would be redistricted into oblivion as part of an effort to preserve the black voting strength in a neighboring ward. Under a draft redistricting plan, the Jackson Ward neighborhood of Kimberly
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Lederman Reflects on The Scoring of Williams-Lara - BoxingScene.com
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The boxing world has been buzzing over the highly-controversial decision rendered in the HBO main event between Paul Williams and Erislandy Lara on July 15th, a bout in which Lara seemed to dominate yet was deemed the loser by
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Mike Jones Talks Molina, Cintron, Paul Williams, More - BoxingScene.com
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Lara himself appeared to be on the wrong end of an atrocious verdict on July 9th as he bludgeoned Paul Williams in Atlantic City, only to have the fight taken away from him by the judges. Jones personally feels that robberies such as those will only
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Winky Wright Once Again Talking About Ring Return - Bad Left Hook
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[on a Paul Williams rematch] If Williams was still undefeated or on a roll well yeah then it means something. I need a fight that means something." It's very "Winky Wright" that Wright would believe that Paul Williams isn't a worthy opponent for him in
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After Lara fight, forget Martinez-Williams III - ESPN (blog)
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AP Photo/Tim Larsen No one, it seems, wants to see Sergio Martinez in the ring with Paul Williams again -- except Williams. Before Paul Williams received an absolute gift of a majority decision against Erislandy Lara on July 9 in Atlantic City, ... - -
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Williams
    THIRTIES
  • 1973
    Age 33
    On August 17, 1973, Paul Williams was found dead in an alley in the car having just left the new house of his then-girlfriend after an argument.
    More Details Hide Details A gun was found near his body. His death was ruled a suicide by the coroner; Williams had expressed suicidal thoughts to Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin months before his death. Williams' funeral was held on August 24, with his family and former bandmates in attendance. He was survived by his wife, Mary Agnes Williams, and six children: Sarita, Paul Lucus, Kenneth, Paula, Paul Jr. and Mary. Paul Jr. later joined a Temptations splinter group, The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards. Williams also had three other children, Paul Williams Lucas, Anthony Johnson, and Derrick Vinyard, with three girlfriends. Williams is buried at Lincoln Memorial Park Cemetery, Clinton Township, Macomb County, Michigan in Lot 275, Grave #4, Section #G. The circumstances surrounding Williams' death caused the Williams family to suspect that some form of foul play was the actual cause of Williams' death. According to the coroner, Williams had used his right hand to shoot himself on the left side of his head. In addition, a bottle of alcohol was found near Williams' left side, as if he had dropped it while being shot. The gun used in the shooting was found to have fired two shots, only one of which had killed Williams.
    By early 1973, Williams made his return to Motown's Hitsville USA recording studios, and began working on solo material.
    More Details Hide Details Kendricks, who had quit the Temptations just before Williams left, produced and co-wrote Williams' first single, "Feel Like Givin' Up", which was to have been issued on Motown's Gordy imprint with "Once You Had a Heart" as its b-side.
  • 1971
    Age 31
    In April 1971, Williams was finally persuaded to go see a doctor.
    More Details Hide Details The doctor found a spot on Williams' liver and advised him to retire from the group altogether. Williams left the group and Street became his permanent replacement. In support of helping Williams get back on his feet, The Temptations continued to pay Williams his same one-fifth share of the group's earnings, and kept Williams on their payroll as an advisor and choreographer, and Williams continued to help the group with routines and dance moves for the next two years.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 29
    In the spring of 1969, Williams and Brown opened a celebrity fashion boutique in downtown Detroit.
    More Details Hide Details The business was not as successful as planned, and Williams soon found himself owing more than $80,000 in taxes. His health had deteriorated to the point that he would sometimes be unable to perform, suffering from combinations of exhaustion and pain which he combated with heavy drinking. Each of the other four Temptations did what they could to help Williams, alternating between raiding and draining his alcohol stashes, personal interventions, and keeping oxygen tanks backstage, but Williams' health, as well as the quality of his performances, continued to decline and he refused to see a doctor. Otis Williams and the other Temptations decided to resort to enlisting an on-hand fill-in for Paul Williams. Richard Street, then-lead singer of fellow Motown act The Monitors and formerly lead singer of The Distants, was hired to travel with The Temptations and sing all of Williams' parts, save for Williams' special numbers such as "Don't Look Back" and "For Once in My Life", from backstage behind a curtain. When Williams was not well enough to go on, Street took his place onstage.
  • 1968
    Age 28
    One of his best-known lead performances is his stand out live performance of "For Once in My Life," from the television special TCB, originally broadcast on December 9, 1968 on NBC.
    More Details Hide Details The live version of the song "Don't Look Back" is also frequently cited as one of his standout performances. He also took over the lead vocal for live performances of "My Girl" following David Ruffin's departure from the group. Paul Williams' vocals were featured on the following Temptations songs: (This list is not complete)
    Williams also sang lead with Dennis Edwards, who joined in 1968, on Motown’s first Grammy Award-Winner “Cloud Nine”.
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  • 1965
    Age 25
    Williams suffered from sickle-cell anemia, which frequently wreaked havoc on his physical health. In 1965, Williams began an affair with Winnie Brown, hair stylist for The Supremes and a relative of Supremes member Florence Ballard.
    More Details Hide Details In love with Brown but still devoted to his wife and children, Williams was also depressed because Cholly Atkins' presence now made Williams' former role as choreographer essentially, but not completely, obsolete. Life on the road was starting to take its toll on Williams as well, and, having previously consumed nothing stronger than milk, he began to drink alcohol heavily, namely Courvoisier, which, according to Otis Williams, was hard to take.
  • 1964
    Age 24
    Although the group now had a record deal, Paul Williams and his bandmates endured a long series of failed singles before finally hitting the Billboard Top 20 in 1964 with "The Way You Do the Things You Do."
    More Details Hide Details More hits quickly followed, including "My Girl", "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" and "(I Know) I'm Losing You." Williams sang lead on several of the group's songs, and served as the main lead singer during the group's early years. His early leads include, "Your Wonderful Love" (1961), "Slow Down Heart" (1962), "I Want a Love I Can See" (1963), and "Oh, Mother of Mine" (1961) (the group's first single) and "Farewell My Love" (1963) both shared with Eddie Kendricks. Considered the Temptations' best dancer, Williams served as the group's original choreographer, devising routines for his group and The Supremes (most notably their trademark "Stop! In the Name of Love" routine), before Cholly Atkins took over that role for all of Motown's acts. Williams' later leads on Temptations songs include, "Just Another Lonely Night" (1965), "No More Water in the Well" (1967), a cover version of "Hey Girl" (1969), and his signature song "Don't Look Back" (1965).
  • 1961
    Age 21
    Paul Williams and Kendricks joined Otis Williams, Melvin Franklin, and Elbridge Bryant to form The Elgins, who signed to the local Motown label in 1961, after first changing their name to The Temptations.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1957
    Age 17
    In 1957, Williams, Kendricks, and Osbourne left Birmingham to start careers, leaving Waller behind.
    More Details Hide Details Now known as The Primes, the trio moved to Cleveland, Ohio, and eventually found a manager in Milton Jenkins, who moved the group to Detroit, Michigan. Although The Primes never recorded, they were successful performers, and even launched a spin-off female group called The Primettes, who later became The Supremes. In 1961, Kell Osborne moved to California, and the Primes disbanded. Kendricks returned to Alabama, but visited Paul in Detroit shortly after. While on this visit, he and Paul had learned that Otis Williams, head of a rival Detroit act known as The Distants, had two openings in his group's lineup.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1939
    Born
    Born on July 2, 1939.
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