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Paul Williams

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Paul Hamilton Williams, Jr. (born September 19, 1940) is an American musician, composer, songwriter and actor.

Williams is responsible for a number of enduring pop hits from the 1970s, including a number of hits for Three Dog Night (including An Old Fashioned Love Song, "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", which has since become a cover-band standard and de rigueur for weddings throughout North America. An early collaboration with Roger Nichols, "Someday Man", was covered by The Monkees on a 1969 single, and was the first Monkees' release not published by Screen Gems.

A frequent co-writer of Williams was musician Kenneth Ascher; their songs together included the popular children's favorite "The Rainbow Connection", sung by Kermit the Frog in The Muppet Movie. Most recently, he collaborated with Scissor Sisters on their second album, Ta-Dah.

Williams has worked on the music of a number of films, including writing and singing on Phantom of the Paradise (in which he also starred) and Bugsy Malone. He wrote the music for a musical production of Happy Days that debuted in 2007.

He is a member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, and his songs have been performed by both pop and country music artists. He has won one Academy Award for best song (Evergreen) from A Star Is Born (co-written by the artist who performed it, Barbra Streisand) and has been nominated for several others.

In April, 2009, Paul was elected President and Chairman of ASCAP (The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers).

Fact file

  • Birth name: Paul Hamilton Williams, Jr.
  • Born: September 19, 1940 (age 74) Omaha, Nebraska United States
  • Origin: Omaha, Nebraska
  • Genres: Folk, pop, soft rock
  • Occupation(s): Musician, songwriter, actor, writer
  • Instruments: Vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Years active: 1960s–present
  • Labels: A&M Records
  • Associated acts: The Holy Mackerel, The Muppets, The Carpenters, Daft Punk
  • Website: www.paulwilliamsofficial.com

Read more about Paul Williams at Wikipedia or at the Internet Movie Database

In the news

Paul Williams to Receive Johnny Mercer Award at Songwriters Hall of Fame
Billboard, 2020-02-25 17:37:41
Paul Williams is set to receive the prestigious Johnny Mercer Award at the 51st Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony on June 11 at the...

Variety, 2020-02-25 13:55:44
Paul Williams — singer, actor, writer of hits ranging from “We’ve Only Just Begun” to “Rainbow Connection” and, not least, president of ASCAP — will be the 2020 recipient of the Johnny Mercer Award at the 51st Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Dinner, taking place June 11 ...

Variety, 2020-02-06 14:55:25
ASCAP today announced the first wave of music creators who will appear at the 2020 ASCAP Experience (which was formerly called the ASCAP “I Create Music” EXPO), taking place April 1 – 3 at the InterContinental Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles. ASCAP Chairman of the Board and President Paul Williams ...

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