Discover New Music

Last.fm is a music discovery service that gives you personalised recommendations based on the music you play.

Start your Last.fm profile Close window

Roger Nichols & Paul Williams

Tags

Everyone’s tags

More tags

Biography

Santa Monica, Los Angeles CA, United States (1967 – 1973)

Roger Nichols and Paul Williams are American s who penned a number of pop and rock hits during the ‘ and ‘, for artists such as Carpenters (“Rainy Days and Mondays”, “I Won’t Last a Day Without You”), The Monkees (“Someday Man”), and Three Dog Night (“An Old Fashioned Love Song”). Several of their songs are regarded as classics, with their most enduring composition, Carpenters’ “We’ve Only Just Begun”, having been accepted into the canon of popular music as a ubiquitous wedding song. Almost invariably, Nichols composed music whereas Williams crafted lyrics.

Nichols and Williams first met around 1967, at which time Williams served as frontman and principal songwriter for short-lived outfit The Holy Mackerel. Together, they composed the Mackerel’s first single, “Bitter Honey”, a pure pop affair that diverged from that album’s general sound. With a memorable melody and euphoric chorus joined with Williams’ bittersweet and morose, yet ultimately optimistic lyrics, it was hugely indicative of Nichols and Williams’ future collaborations.

In 1969, Williams was hired as a songwriter for Santa Monica-based A&M Records where Nichols also worked. They quickly composed numerous songs, of which several would become future hits for other artists, and recorded demo versions with Williams and Nichols as the sole performers. The demos were eventually compiled onto a 1970 LP, We’ve Only Just Begun, intended only for distribution to interested artists and labels. That same year saw the release of Nichols/Williams’ first notable hit singles, elevating Nichols and Williams into the upper echelon of U.S. songwriter partnerships in short order.

Top Albums

Listening Trend

342listeners all time
14,474scrobbles all time
Recent listeners trend:

Start scrobbling and track your listening history

Last.fm users scrobble the music they play in iTunes, Spotify, Rdio and over 200 other music players.

Create a Last.fm profile

Shoutbox

Leave a comment. Log in to Last.fm or sign up.

Top Listeners