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Mason Williams

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Mason Williams (August 24, 1938 in Abilene, Texas) is an American guitarist and composer, best known for his popular guitar instrumental “Classical Gas”. Williams wrote for the Smothers Brothers show and is also an eclectic poet and lyricist.

Mason Williams emerged in the late 1960s as a strong force in television and music circles. In 1968 he won two Grammy awards for his unique composition for guitar, “Classical Gas”. That same year he also won an Emmy award for his work as a comedy writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

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  • sbirkoff

    Vote for new pictures :)

    3 Mar 5:12pm Reply
  • B-AIRLINE

    FANTASTIC TRACK

    23 Oct 2013 Reply
  • wagerfilm

    The Mason Williams Phonograph Record remains one of my favorite easy listening albums.

    6 Jan 2012 Reply
  • rockarincita

    ...So we'll march day and night, by the big cooling tower, They have the plant, but we have the power.... PLAY CLASSICAL GAS!

    18 Dec 2011 Reply
  • reagan0

    I just transferred my old vinyl copy of The Mason Williams Phonograph Record to MP3. I wish I'd done this years ago. My God! He's a musical genius!

    1 Oct 2011 Reply
  • pratiks

    Classical Gas is a wonderful album

    15 Feb 2011 Reply
  • Quarex

    Do you ever wonder how this got arbitrarily attributed to Eric Clapton in the first place? I did not even know what the song was called until I finally found an instrumental rock compilation with it, so that was when I learned Mason Williams' name.

    18 Nov 2010 Reply
  • jaaviiH

    classical gas ! :D

    21 Sep 2010 Reply
  • x_ecliptica_x

    lovee classical gas !! thanks frasier. =]

    23 Jul 2009 Reply
  • cathytaffy

    <3

    12 Jun 2009 Reply
  • rotonder

    this song appear like Classical Guitar too, by Eric Clapton. Just beatiful...

    7 Feb 2009 Reply
  • vincentnb

    such an underrated artist

    10 Jan 2009 Reply
  • toolofmaynard

    Wow I always thought Clapton made this, sad that Williams never gets recognised for it.

    2 Jan 2009 Reply
  • brownrecluse62

    He has a lot of great stuff out there. His books are really good too, but they're all out of print, just like most of his albums. I got most of his major albums on vinyl.

    21 Dec 2008 Reply
  • mdt

    There's better stuff on Phonograph Record than "Classical Gas." Too bad the album isn't on last.fm. "All the Time" is a great, spiteful breakup song.

    19 Jun 2008 Reply
  • Standingonair66

    I just heard the Phonograph REcord last night, it was pretty great

    24 May 2008 Reply
  • thomaskenbeek

    His chart reminds me of MC Hammer's, but Classical Gas is pretty awesome.

    30 Apr 2008 Reply
  • scoby_2000

    lol uffie

    26 Apr 2008 Reply
  • Music0

    Similar artists: Uffie??? What the fuuuck?

    13 Feb 2008 Reply
  • daedalus779

    if I ever learned guitar classical gas would be my ultimate song to play.

    1 Nov 2007 Reply
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