OCTOBER 2009 OFFICIAL BIOGRAPHY
Last Updated 27th September
(When you click on the red/green below you will be taken to a page with more detailed information. If you click on the song titles mentioned, you will be taken to a list of Paul Williams' albums/singles/TV shows where that song appears)
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Paul Williams is an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe winning
Hall of Fame
songwriter. He is a recipient of The National Music Publishers President’s Award
and is President and Chairman of the Board of
ASCAP (the American Society of
Composers, Authors and Publishers). ASCAP is the first and leading U.S.
performing rights organization, representing the world's largest repertory
totaling over 8.5 million copyrighted musical works and is the only U.S.
performing rights organization owned and governed by its 360,000 plus writer and
Recognized as one of America’s most prolific and gifted lyricists and composers,
Paul's standards have been recorded by such diverse musical
icons as Elvis
Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, David
Bowie, Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughn, Johnny Mathis,
The Carpenters, Luther Vandross, REM, Mel Torme, Anne Murray, Diana Krall, Gladys Knight and Diana
Ross. His songs have also found favor with Country legends including Chet
Atkins, Kris Kristofferson, Charlie Pride, Crystal Gayle, Lynn Anderson, The Oak
Ridge Boys, Diamond Rio and Neil McCoy.
can find a list of some of these
When asked which song is his favorite, Paul is quick to respond,
"That’s easy! It’s
"The Rainbow Connection" (click here for the lyrics of this song)."
It’s a thrill to hear my
words interpreted by such inimitable talents as Willie Nelson, the Dixie Chicks,
Sarah McLachlan, Judy Collins, Jason Mraz and Kermit the Frog!” “The Rainbow
Connection”, from the children’s classic The
is one of two Paul Williams’ songs that grace the American Film Institute’s list
of the top movie songs of all time; the second,
"Evergreen" (click here for the lyrics of this song)
is from the award winning Streisand/Kristofferson remake of A Star Is Born.
Additional song scores include the cult favorites Phantom of the Paradise and
Ishtar, as well as
"The Muppet Christmas Carol",
and Emmet Otter’s Jugband Christmas, the latter of which has now been adapted
for the stage. His recent work has remained wonderfully diverse, from creating
and writing the songs and story for Disney's A Muppets Christmas: Letters To
Santa, to writing with the Scissor Sisters, to penning the music and lyrics for
Garry Marshall’s theatrical sensation Happy Days.
information on where to see the Happy Days stage show
most people came to know the witty Mr. Williams as one of Johnny Carson’s
recurring favorites on The Tonight Show, or as an actor in dozens of films,
television comedies and dramas, it is his musical legacy that continues to
"We've Only Just Begun" (click here for the lyrics of this song),
"Rainy Days And Mondays" (click here for the lyrics of this song),
"You and Me Against The World" (click here for the lyrics of this song),
"Just An Old Fashioned Love Song" (click here for the lyrics of this song),
"Let Me Be The One" (click
for the lyrics of this song ) all
remain pop classics and are performed by Paul in venues
from New York to the Philippines.
Publicly lauded for his work as a songwriter, performer, actor and humanitarian,
Paul predicts he’ll be remembered for playing Little Enos in the Smokey and the
Bandit trilogy and for his lyrics to “The Love Boat” theme, although it is the
lyrics from Bugsy Malone, recast for a recent Coke commercial, that aptly sum up
his philosophy: “You give a little love and it all comes back to you; You’re
gonna’ be remembered for the things that you say and do”. As a devoted husband
to writer Mariana Williams and proud father, Paul considers his son Cole, and
daughter Sarah, to be his best work.
Paul during the recording of his DVD
Paul with Gonzo during the recording of Paul's DVD
Thanks to Nancy Munoz
for this information.
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