Paul Williams (US songwriter/soft rock vocalist)

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Paul Hamilton Williams, Jr. (born September 19, 1940) is an American composer, singer, songwriter and actor. He is perhaps best known for popular songs performed by a number of acts in the 1970s including Three Dog Night's version of "An Old Fashioned Love Song", Helen Reddy's "You and Me Against the World", David Bowie's "Fill Your Heart", and the Carpenters' "We've Only Just Begun" and "Rainy Days and Mondays", as well as his contributions to films, such as writing the lyrics to the #1 chart-topping "Evergreen", the love theme from A Star Is Born, starring Barbra Streisand, for which he won a Grammy for Song of the Year and an Academy Award for Best Original Song; and "Rainbow Connection" from The Muppet Movie. He also wrote the lyrics to the opening theme for The Love Boat, with music previously composed by Charles Fox, which was originally sung by Jack Jones, and later, by Dionne Warwick.

He has also had a variety of high-profile acting roles such as Little Enos Burdette in the action-comedy Smokey and the Bandit (1977), and as the villainous Swan in Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise (1974), which Williams also co-scored, receiving an Oscar nomination in the process. He has worked as well in television, theater, and provided voice-overs for animation.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1970 Someday Man Paul Williams 5 1
1970 We've Only Just Begun Roger Nichols & Paul Williams 4 1
1971 Just an Old Fashioned Love Song Paul Williams 5 1
1972 Life Goes On Paul Williams 1
1973 In Memory of Robert Johnson Paul Williams 1
1974 A Little Bit of Love Paul Williams 4 1
1974 Here Comes Inspiration Paul Williams 4 1
1975 Ordinary Fool Paul Williams 4 1
1979 A Little on the Windy Side Paul Williams 4 1
1981 "...And Crazy for Loving You" Paul Williams 2 1
1997 Back to Love Again Paul Williams 4 1
2005 I'm Going Back There Someday Paul Williams 4 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 The Best of Paul Williams Paul Williams 4 1
1977 Classics Paul Williams 3 1
1997 A&M Greatest Hits Paul Williams 1
2004 Evergreens: The Best of the A&M Years Paul Williams 1
2006 Songs for the Family of Man: A Collection 1969–1979 Paul Williams 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2003 Love Wants to Dance: Paul Williams Live in Japan Paul Williams 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1974 Phantom of the Paradise Paul Williams 5 3
1976 Bugsy Malone: Original Soundtrack Recording Paul Williams 2
2008 Happy Days: A New Musical (2007 original cast) Paul Williams 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Look What I Found / The Lady Is Waiting Paul Williams 1
1975 One More Angel / This Is Supposed to Be a Party Paul Williams 1
2012 Still Alive Paul Williams 5 1

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