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 rendition 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 composed the enormously popular opening theme for The Love Boat, originally performed 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 1977 action-comedy Smokey and the Bandit, and as the villainous Swan in Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise (which Williams also co-scored, receiving an Oscar nomination in the process), as well as television, theater, and voice-over work for animation.

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

Album + Live

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

Album + Soundtrack

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


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
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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