Paul Williams
American songwriter
Paul Williams
Paul Hamilton Williams, Jr. is an Academy Award-winning American composer, musician, songwriter, and actor.
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ASCAP's Top Thirty Christmas Songs: Wrapping With Paul Williams, Plus Beth Hart/Jeff Beck And Curtis Stigers Exlcusives
Huffington Post - 2 months
Wrapping Top Holiday Songs with Paul Williams Mike Ragogna: President of ASCAP Paul Williams! Christmas songs! Go! Paul Williams: Let me get myself in the mood. [sings:] “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire..." There it is! It's amazing how quickly you can connect to the emotion and the spirit of the season with this song. What amazes me is that you cannot find a business that has changed more and changes again and again and again than the music business through the years. Eleven months out of the year, the music business keeps changing, from the fifties rock 'n' roll through the seventies singer-songwriters into disco into rap, but you hit the twelfth month of the year and thirty of the top fifty songs were written in the fifties and forties. It's just amazing that these songs have the ability to endure. What a great annuity for the songwriters, but also what a great comfort to the people, because they love to hear them, obviously. MR: And some of them have such great stories. I l ...
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Watch This Boy's Reunion With His Lost Dog And Try Not To Cry
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This is second only to the ending of "Homeward Bound" as the most heartwarming video reunion between a child and a pet we’ve seen. And this one isn’t a movie, folks. Paula Williams, a mother in Lubbock, Texas, posted a video on the city's “Lost and Found Pets” page on Jan. 8, showing her 6-year-old son, Kahne, reuniting with their dog, Kase, who had missing for more than a month. They had let the pup outside to use the bathroom on Dec. 4, but he was gone when they went to bring him in, Williams told Today. She noted on Facebook that Kane was microchipped, but they were still unable to locate him. The family panicked when a blizzard hit the region a week later. As it turned out, Kase wasn’t too far away. “He was found right down the street from our house,” Williams wrote under the video. “A nice family had taken him in and kept him warm and fed!” She explained to Today that that she spotted Kase when she was driving home one day behind a school bus. Two g ...
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Watch This Boy's Reunion With His Lost Dog And Try Not To Cry
Huffington Post - about 1 year
This is second only to the ending of "Homeward Bound" as the most heartwarming video reunion between a child and a pet we’ve seen. And this one isn’t a movie, folks. Paula Williams, a mother in Lubbock, Texas, posted a video on the city's “Lost and Found Pets” page on Jan. 8, showing her 6-year-old son, Kahne, reuniting with their dog, Kase, who had missing for more than a month. They had let the pup outside to use the bathroom on Dec. 4, but he was gone when they went to bring him in, Williams told Today. She noted on Facebook that Kane was microchipped, but they were still unable to locate him. The family panicked when a blizzard hit the region a week later. As it turned out, Kase wasn’t too far away. “He was found right down the street from our house,” Williams wrote under the video. “A nice family had taken him in and kept him warm and fed!” She explained to Today that that she spotted Kase when she was driving home one day behind a school bus. Two girls ...
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Remembering the Carpenters</em>: A My Music</em> Presentation and Paul Williams Interview, Plus a Christmas Chat with Plácido Domingo
Huffington Post - about 1 year
MY MUSIC PRESENTS CLOSE TO YOU: REMEMBERING THE CARPENTERS The TV presentation and DVD Close To You: Remembering the Carpenters is a poignant musical portrait of Richard Carpenter and his late sister Karen that airs on Public Television stations nationwide this Saturday, December 5th, with encore telecasts throughout the month. According to TJL Productions, Close To You..., which originally aired in 1997, returns by popular demand as part of TJL's long-running My Music series of fund-raising specials. Richard Carpenter guides viewers through the remarkable career that he and his sister enjoyed, starting in the late 1960s through Karen's passing in 1983. Friends and colleagues such as A&amp;M Records founder Herb Alpert, composers Burt Bacharach and Paul Williams, band members and fellow singing legend Petula Clark share their memories of the brother-sister duo that would become Billboard's most successful American single record artist of the 1970s. TJL chief TJ Lubinsky, wo ...
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The Reason Smokey Robinson Wrote 'My Girl' Had Nothing To Do With A Girl
Huffington Post - over 1 year
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Two-house compound Ad Astra in La Cañada Flintridge
LATimes - about 2 years
Ad Astra, a two-house compound that was once part of a larger ranch, centers on an elegant Southern Colonial Revival main residence designed by renowned architect Paul Williams. A classic red barn/garage/artist's studio and an updated 1892 Victorian guesthouse that harks back to the homestead's...
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Grammys 2014: Who is Daft Punk's pal Paul Williams?
LATimes - about 3 years
Daft Punk's multiple wins at Sunday's Grammy Awards, where the hipster-beloved French duo scored coveted trophies for album and record of the year, no doubt led some viewers to turn to Google with a question: " Who is Daft Punk? "
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Grammys 2014: Paul Williams, Nile Rodgers speak for Daft Punk
LATimes - about 3 years
The biggest winners of the night were also the most silent. It’s unsurprising that the duo Daft Punk didn’t lift their helmets to collect their bounty of Grammys, which included album and record of the year, leaving mostly Pharrell Williams to do the honor.
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Paul Williams house in Brentwood should be landmarked, panel says
LATimes - about 3 years
The Los Angeles Cultural Heritage Commission has voted unanimously to designate a Brentwood house designed by famed architect Paul Revere Williams as a historic-cultural monument.
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Celebrating Twenty Years of Eclectic Musical Delights from The Loser's Lounge at Joe's Pub
Huffington Post - about 3 years
In 1993, musician/arranger/producer/composer Joe McGinty (his credits include the Psychedelic Furs, Robert Hazard, Ryan Adams, Martha Wainwright, Jesse Malin, the Ramones, as well as a number of theatrical productions), came up with an idea to showcase an evening of 'soft rock' classics with a posse of his musician friends. That evening grew into an homage to the music of Burt Bacharach with a backing band and a number of guest vocalists. McGinty called it The Loser's Lounge. "We're not saying that the people we're paying homage to are losers...it's a place that anybody can hang out who aren't VIP's. It started out as sort of the ne'er-do-wells from downtown," he reminisced. He hails from Atlantic City where the billboards along the highways blare slogans like "High Rollers Club" and "Winners Circle." "...So I thought, well, The Loser's Lounge is where the losers can hang out, you know - it's a place where you can go and celebrate a band like ABBA and not feel embarrassed about it...alm ...
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'The Love Boat' Theme Song Is Really About Jesus, Says Actor Gavin MacLeod
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"The Love Boat" theme song is about what now? Gavin MacLeod, the actor who popularized the character Capt. Merrill Stubing on ABC's "The Love Boat," says the tune for the iconic maritime sitcom can be interpreted as a song praising Jesus Christ. "If you listen to the lyrics ["The Love Boat's" theme song is] all about Jesus," MacLeod told the hosts of the conservative American Family Association's radio show '"Today's Issues," according to a clip of the show posted online Monday. "It's a whole new approach to that song. I do that whenever I get to a group of believers... It's really about, 'Come aboard, Jesus will take care of you. There's a new love waiting for you. A love that will never let you down.'" The lyrics of "The Love Boat," as written by Charles Fox and Paul Williams, are pretty generic, with their talk of "Love, life's sweetest reward," and assurances that "Love won't hurt anymore/ It's an open smile on a friendly shore." However, add a bit of Jesus à la MacLeod, and t ...
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Disney CEO helps effort to save Paul Williams home in Brentwood
LATimes - over 3 years
In the leafy Oakmont section of Brentwood, populated by Hollywood moguls, money men and a maestro, one house stands out for its relative modesty: the 1940 single-story traditional at No. 7 that was designed by famed Los Angeles architect Paul Revere Williams.
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Stiffed Workers Keep Struggling Diner Open To Earn Back Unpaid Wages (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Employees at the Down Home Diner in Otisville, Mich., are showing up to work this week even though their boss is nowhere to be seen, WNEM reports. According to the local news station, diner owner Paul Williams announced the restaurant would be shutting down and skipped town without giving workers their final paychecks. In an effort to recoup some of the money, the staffers have elected to keep the restaurant open. And the diner's patrons appear to be answering the staff's call for help. WNEM TV 5
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AMAZING: Burglars Have A Change Of Heart
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When burglars in San Bernardino County, Calif., realized the computers they'd stolen were from a nonprofit that helps victims of sexual violence, they returned them -- along with an apology note that may restore your faith in humanity. (Story Continues Below) The thieves broke into the San Bernardino County Sexual Assault Services office on the night of July 31, according to a press release from Cal Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES). Candy Stallings, the nonprofit's executive director, said the burglars had shimmied between floor boards and walls to get past the building's high security system. They also clipped multiple alarm wires, CBS Los Angeles reported. Within minutes, six computers with hard drives, a laptop and a bag of valuables were taken. Police called Stallings the next morning around 4:30, according to NBC Los Angeles. They told her more suspicious activity was taking place at her office. But when Stallings arrived, she found a surpri ...
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Pandora, ASCAP and the FCC All Deserve to Get Ripped
The Street - over 3 years
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- I love the people at Pandora , particularly Tim Westergren. For the most part I have nothing but good to say about ASCAP. In fact, ASCAP President Paul Williams impressed me so much that I instantly consider him a personal and professional friend. That said, I pride myself on calling it as I see it and, as Williams himself has said, seeking the truth. And the truth is the back-and-forth that continues to take place across this Internet radio royalty dustup is hardly productive and as bad as, if not worse than, any useless political theater we have seen since mindless babbling over things like swift boats and birth certificates. Following this Internet radio story has become intellectually painful. It's like watching the interview that Fox News anchor did with the "Muslim" (the impressive professor Reza Aslan) who wrote a book about Jesus over and over and over again. ... Click to view a price quote on P. ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Paul Williams
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2014
    Age 73
    In 2014, he co-authored Gratitude and Trust: Recovery is Not Just for Addicts, with Tracey Jackson.
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    In 2014, he appeared on Community as an illegal textbook dealer who declines to purchase a batch of misprinted chemistry textbooks.
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    Williams and Nile Rodgers were the only featured artists to speak on behalf of Daft Punk at the 2014 Grammy Awards upon their receipt of the Album of the Year award for Random Access Memories.
    More Details Hide Details Williams told an anecdote about his work with Daft Punk: "Back when I was drinking, I would imagine things that weren't there and I'd get frightened. Then I got sober and two robots called and asked me to make an album." He also communicated a "message from the robots" to the audience: "As elegant and as classy as the Grammy has ever been is the moment when we saw those wonderful marriages and Same Love is fantastic. It is the height of fairness and love and the power of love for all people at any time in any combination. Captain Kirk uses the Enterprise. They sail on a ship called Generosity. They are generous in spirit This is a labor of love and we are all so grateful."
  • 2011
    Age 70
    In September 2011, director Stephen Kessler's documentary Paul Williams Still Alive premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
    More Details Hide Details Williams struggled with alcohol and substance abuse during the 1970s—'80s. Sober since 1990, Williams has been active in the field of recovery from addictions and became a Certified Drug Rehabilitation Counselor through UCLA.
  • 2009
    Age 68
    Williams is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and his songs have been performed by both pop and country music artists. In April 2009, Williams was elected President and Chairman of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).
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  • 2007
    Age 66
    He wrote the music for a musical production of Happy Days that debuted in 2007 and also made a cameo appearance as an animated version of himself singing "Breathe in the Sunshine" in the hit animated TV series Dexter's Laboratory.
    More Details Hide Details He wrote and sang "What Would They Say", the theme song from the made-for-television film The Boy in the Plastic Bubble (1976), a film starring John Travolta alongside Diana Hyland. More recently, Williams wrote music and lyrics of "Silence is Our Song" for Richard Barone's acclaimed 2010 album Glow and collaborated with Scissor Sisters on their second album, Ta-Dah. In March 2012 it was announced that Williams had "written a couple of tunes" on Random Access Memories, the album of French electronic duo Daft Punk. Williams co-wrote and sang vocals on "Touch" and co-wrote "Beyond".
  • FIFTIES
  • 1993
    Age 52
    In 1993 he married Hilda Keenan Wynn, daughter of actor Keenan Wynn.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1980
    Age 39
    In October 1980, Williams was host of the Mickey Mouse Club 25th Anniversary Special on NBC-TV.
    More Details Hide Details He stated that he tried out for the show in early 1955 and was turned down. He was a frequent guest and performer on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He also appears as the man making the phone call at the beginning of the music video for Hank Williams Jr.'s song "All My Rowdy Friends Are Coming Over Tonight".
  • 1976
    Age 35
    After appearing on The Muppet Show in 1976, Williams worked closely with Jim Henson's Henson Productions on The Muppet Movie, most specifically on the soundtrack, and even had a cameo in the movie as the piano player in the nightclub (who had a sign on the piano saying "Don't shoot piano player") where Kermit the Frog meets Fozzie Bear.
    More Details Hide Details He was also the lyricist for Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas. Williams was hired by TV producers Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas to write title tracks for two of their ABC comedies, It Takes Two (1982–1983), on which he also co-sang with Crystal Gayle, and Condo (1983), in which Williams' theme was sung by Drake Frye. Williams has appeared in many minor roles. He provided the voice of The Penguin in Batman: The Animated Series. He appeared on an episode of Walker, Texas Ranger as a radio DJ covering a modern-day Bonnie and Clyde. He appeared in 2009 in an episode of Nickelodeon's children's show Yo Gabba Gabba! entitled "Weather", where he performed "Rainbow Connection". He has also appeared on Cartoon Network's Dexter's Laboratory where he played Professor Williams in an episode entitled "Just An Old Fashioned Lab Song".
  • 1974
    Age 33
    He also played Migelito Loveless, Jr. in The Wild Wild West Revisited (1979), a reunion movie featuring the original cast of Wild Wild West television series, and played himself, singing a song to Felix Unger's daughter Edna, in The Odd Couple television series in 1974.
    More Details Hide Details He made his film debut as Gunther Fry in the satire The Loved One (1965).
  • 1973
    Age 32
    On February 9, 1973, Williams made a joke appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in which he sang a song in full make-up as Virgil.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 28
    An early collaboration with Roger Nichols, "Someday Man", was covered by The Monkees (a group for which he auditioned but was not chosen) on a 1969 single, and was the first Monkees' release not published by Screen Gems.
    More Details Hide Details He also auditioned for, but was not selected to be, a Mouseketeer. Bobby Sherman also sang "Cried Like a Baby". Anne Murray sang "Talk It Over in the Morning". He also wrote the cantata Wings with music by Michel Colombier. A frequent cowriter of Williams was musician Kenneth Ascher; their songs together included the popular children's favorite "Rainbow Connection", sung by Jim Henson (as Kermit the Frog) in The Muppet Movie (1979). They also wrote "You And Me Against The World", and it became a Top 10 hit on Billboard for Helen Reddy in 1974. He also wrote for Mort Sahl in the 1960s. Williams has worked on the music of a number of films, including writing and singing on Phantom of the Paradise (1974) in which he also starred and earned an Oscar nomination for the music, and Bugsy Malone (1976). Williams also wrote and sang the song "Where Do I Go Frome Here," which was used in the end credits of the Michael Cimino-directed film Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, which starred Clint Eastwood and Jeff Bridges. He contributed lyrics to the Cinderella Liberty song "You're So Nice to Be Around" with music by John Williams, and it earned them an Oscar nomination. Along with Ascher and Rupert Holmes, he wrote the music and lyrics to A Star Is Born (also 1976), with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson.
    One of his brothers was John S. Williams, a NASA rocket scientist, who participated in the Mercury and Apollo programs and was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, their highest honor, in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details His other brother is Mentor Williams, a songwriter as well who penned Dobie Gray's 1973 hit "Drift Away". Williams began his professional songwriting career with Biff Rose in Los Angeles. The two men first met while working together on a television comedy show. Together they wrote the song "Fill Your Heart" which was recorded by Rose on his first album, The Thorn in Mrs. Roses Side. Soon thereafter Tiny Tim covered it as the B-side of his hit "Tiptoe Through the Tulips" (1968). David Bowie also recorded a faithful version of the song on his album Hunky Dory (1971). Rose and Williams also wrote "I'll Walk Away" (recorded by Rose on his third, eponymous album). Rose was instrumental in getting Williams his break with A&M Records which resulted in Williams working with songwriter Roger Nichols. Williams and Nichols were responsible for a number of successful pop hits from the 1970s, including several hits for Three Dog Night (the aforementioned "An Old Fashioned Love Song", as well as "The Family of Man", and "Out in the Country"), Helen Reddy ("You and Me Against the World"), and the Carpenters, most notably "Rainy Days and Mondays", "I Won't Last a Day Without You", and "We've Only Just Begun", originally a song for a Crocker National Bank television commercial featuring newlyweds, and which has since become a cover-band standard and de rigueur for weddings throughout North America.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1953
    Age 12
    Williams was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the son of Paul Hamilton Williams, an architectural engineer, and his wife, Bertha Mae (née Burnside), a homemaker. His father died in a car accident in 1953 when Williams was 13 years old, after which Williams grew up living with his aunt.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1940
    Born
    Born on September 19, 1940.
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