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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

Variety, 2019-05-03 16:12:15
It was fitting that ASCAP president/chairman Paul Williams took the stage Thursday morning at the opening of the 14th annual “I Create Music” Expo to the strains of Kermit the Frog crooning “Rainbow Connection,” one of the many hits he’s written as one of Hollywood’s go-to tunesmiths. “Someday we’ll find ...

Paul Williams on Creating the Music for 'Emmet Otter's Jug Band Christmas' as the Henson Special Moves to Theaters
Billboard, 2018-12-15 20:34:35
A vintage holiday television program is getting the big screen treatment this Christmas season, as Fathom Events presents Emmet Otter's Jug-Band...

Frank Oz, Paul Williams and David Goelz remember 'Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas,' the Jim Henson-directed Muppet musical
LA Times Entertainme, 2018-12-15 16:55:00
Emmet Otter is not the most famous Muppet in Jim Henson’s universe of characters. But Hollywood will still embrace the occasional second act, and the leader of the Frogtown Hollow Jubilee Jug Band in 1977 TV special “Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas” is now a part of the revival circuit. Four ...

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