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1) Paul Hamilton Williams, Jr. (born September 19, 1940) is an American . A staff songwriter for A&M Records, he composed several classic hit songs of the ‘ for artists such as Carpenters (“We’ve Only Just Begun”), Helen Reddy (“You and Me Against the World”), and Three Dog Night (“An Old Fashioned Love Song”). Themes evoked by Williams’ oeuvre include the gain and loss of love, social isolation, loneliness, and escapism. He has received many awards and accolades, and is the current chairman and president of ASCAP.

As a performer in his own right, Williams released a series of well-regarded albums on A&M, often recording his own versions of his hit songs for other artists. Several of Williams’ most well-known songs were co-composed with Roger Nichols, who wrote the music whereas Williams penned lyrics. Williams is also known for his plentiful contributions to The Muppets (having composed the anthemic “Rainbow Connection”) and soundtracks for films such as A Star Is Born, Bugsy Malone, and Phantom of the Paradise; in the latter, he also portrayed charismatic villain Swan, earning him the unlikely status of sex symbol.

Williams all but disappeared from the public spotlight in the ‘; having been a victim of substance abuse for the better part of a decade (and having become more known for his constant television appearances than his music), managing to clean up at the dawn of the ‘ and staying sober ever since. Since, Williams has worked primarily as an addiction counselor, drawing from his own experience, though he continues to perform and record, releasing a comeback studio album in 1997.


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  • Enieczka

    Touch, sweet touch; You've given me too much to feel; Sweet touch; You've almost convinced me I'm real; I need something more; I need something.. more [3]

    11 Aug 2013 Reply
  • YoSoyJoss

    Touch, sweet touch; You've given me too much to feel; Sweet touch; You've almost convinced me I'm real; I need something more; I need something.. more [2]

    7 Jun 2013 Reply
  • groovez0ne

    Touch, sweet touch; You've given me too much to feel; Sweet touch; You've almost convinced me I'm real; I need something more; I need something.. more

    29 May 2013 Reply
  • elfonzobonzo

    bugsy malone ost is the greatest soundtrack ever put to film.

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • Zalvador05

    Touch, I remember...touch.

    28 May 2013 Reply
  • Druelchaos

    Paul Williams of The Temptations died of apparent suicide. Paul Williams the 70's singer-songwriter is Still Alive .

    13 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Ryantalope

    Only been of recent that I've been getting into his music. Very good indeed. Apparently he's been involved with the new Daft Punk album :)

    24 Mar 2013 Reply
  • prinderella

    Why is he connected to the 'Suicided Musicians' group? Paul Williams is very much still alive. I know, I touched his hand.

    24 Feb 2013 Reply
  • dardar227

    Really unappreciated composer as he wrote some of pop music's most classic songs. "What Would They Say?" is one of his recordings that gets played on my iPod fairly often as I truly can relate to its words and beauty. Let's not forget it was also used in John Travolta's TV-movie "The Boy In The Plastic Bubble" as well as John himself singing it.

    25 Jan 2013 Reply
  • iamjustkidding

    paul williams and the muppets= emmet otter's jugband christmas. loooove. there are so few combinations like this that have created just plain good wholesome music that u can listen to over and over again, not even really christmas themed songs just good ones. pretty sure all original paul williams songs!

    15 Dec 2011 Reply
  • clowezra

    bugsy malone had a pretty flawless ost for a kid's film :)

    19 Jan 2011 Reply
  • jusacalu

    gente do céu, ninguém escreve aqui ):

    18 Jan 2011 Reply
  • DiscoJer

    What's really funny is that he (the real Paul Williams) more or less reprised his role as Swan on an episode of The Hardy Boys (the 1970s TV show). Anyway, that movie is probably the best rock opera ever. Movie anyway.

    18 Sep 2010 Reply

    Look the other Paul Williams Has nothing to do with me and I wish I could take his picture of my Colours of Joy Album as he has nothing to do with it something needs to be done about this

    7 Aug 2010 Reply
  • wuwindz

    one of my favorite boxers.

    7 May 2010 Reply
  • characterbreak

    Yeah seriously, Phantom of the Paradise is awesome.

    22 Apr 2010 Reply
  • ludovaini

    Phantom of the Paradise ftw.

    12 Jan 2010 Reply
  • PappaWheelie

    Little Enos is such a great songwriter.

    13 Dec 2009 Reply
  • foxyluva

    The Phantom Of The Paradise (Y) [2]

    24 Sep 2009 Reply
  • paranoidpablo

    The Phantom Of The Paradise (Y)

    21 Jul 2009 Reply
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