History Music / PaulWilliams

12th Nov '15 4:47:35 PM nombretomado
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* SettingOffSong: Aside from the uber-classic "Movin' Right Along" from ''The Muppet Movie'', there's "Easy Street", with a lyrical reference to Hope and Crosby's ''RoadTo'' movies for bonus points!

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* SettingOffSong: Aside from the uber-classic "Movin' Right Along" from ''The Muppet Movie'', there's "Easy Street", with a lyrical reference to Hope and Crosby's ''RoadTo'' ''Film/RoadTo'' movies for bonus points!
11th Feb '15 3:08:24 PM LongLiveRock
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**He's also kind of short and pudgy
26th Jan '15 4:21:14 PM MarkLungo
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'''Paul Hamilton Williams, Jr.''' (born September 19, 1940) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He was a prominent (albeit diminutive) figure in the pop culture zeitgeist of TheSeventies, having composed hits for acts such as Music/{{Carpenters}}[[note]]("We've Only Just Begun", "Rainy Days and Mondays", "I Won't Last a Day Without You")[[/note]], Helen Reddy[[note]]("You and Me Against the World)[[/note]], Music/TheMonkees[[note]]("Someday Man")[[/note]] and Three Dog Night[[note]]("An Old Fashioned Love Song", "The Family of Man", "Out in the Country")[[/note]], and appearing in popular television shows of the era, such as ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'', ''Series/TheLoveBoat''[[note]](whose theme, an infamous LoungeLizard stand-by, he composed)[[/note]], and ''Series/TheMuppetShow''. He won an Academy Award for the song "Evergreen", performed by Music/BarbraStreisand in ''Film/AStarIsBorn'', also a #1 hit for Streisand.

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'''Paul Hamilton Williams, Jr.''' (born September 19, 1940) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He was a prominent (albeit diminutive) figure in the pop culture zeitgeist of TheSeventies, having composed hits for acts such as Music/{{Carpenters}}[[note]]("We've Only Just Begun", "Rainy Days and Mondays", "I Won't Last a Day Without You")[[/note]], Helen Reddy[[note]]("You and Me Against the World)[[/note]], Music/TheMonkees[[note]]("Someday Man")[[/note]] and Three Dog Night[[note]]("An Old Fashioned Love Song", "The Family of Man", "Out in the Country")[[/note]], and appearing in popular television shows of the era, such as ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'', ''Series/TheLoveBoat''[[note]](whose theme, an infamous LoungeLizard stand-by, he composed)[[/note]], and ''Series/TheMuppetShow''. He's even done some [[VoiceActor voice acting]], playing the Penguin on ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries'' and Cairo on ''WesternAnimation/{{Phantom 2040}}''. He won an Academy Award for the song "Evergreen", performed by Music/BarbraStreisand in ''Film/AStarIsBorn'', also a #1 hit for Streisand.
2nd Jan '15 7:50:27 AM TrustBen
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* HeavyMeta: "An Old Fashioned Love Song" is a love song about love songs.
10th Dec '14 12:28:54 AM robogabriel
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* CelebrityIsOverrated: In his own words:
--> " There’s nothing more pathetic to me than some little old man going, “Please, sir, may I have some more fame?” "
12th Sep '14 7:41:04 PM HaggisMcCrablice
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* InkSuitActor: A short, rather stout man with long hair and poor eyesight as the voice of [[BatmanTheAnimatedSeries the villainous Penguin]] fairly smacks of typecasting.
30th May '14 5:51:35 AM Bastard1
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'''Paul Hamilton Williams, Jr.''' (born September 19, 1940) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He was a prominent (albeit diminutive) figure in the pop culture zeitgeist of TheSeventies, having composed hits for acts such as Music/{{Carpenters}} ("We've Only Just Begun"), Music/TheMonkees ("Someday Man") and Three Dog Night ("An Old Fashioned Love Song"), and appearing in popular television shows of the era, such as ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'', ''TheLoveBoat'' (whose theme, an infamous LoungeLizard stand-by, he composed) and ''Series/TheMuppetShow''. He won an Academy Award for the song "Evergreen", performed by Music/BarbraStreisand in ''Film/AStarIsBorn''.

Williams also composed soundtracks for cult RockOpera ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'' (in which he also performed the role of villainous record producer Swan), children's gangster movie ''BugsyMalone'', and notorious box office flop ''Film/{{Ishtar}}''. Continuing his good relationship with Franchise/TheMuppets, he contributed several songs to the soundtrack of ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' (most notably perennial classic "Rainbow Connection"), even making a cameo appearance as a piano player. His most recognizable film role would be Little Enos Burdette in the ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' series.

As a performer in his own right, Williams recorded a number of albums, among them a well-regarded '70s album series on A&M, and overlooked gem ''Someday Man'' on Creator/RepriseRecords. After a decade of heavy substance abuse, Williams released his last album for more than fifteen years in 1981; his career as a songwriter would never quite recover, certainly not his career as a performer. Despite this, he remains hugely respected by his peers, having been inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2009, he was elected President and Chairman of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

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'''Paul Hamilton Williams, Jr.''' (born September 19, 1940) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He was a prominent (albeit diminutive) figure in the pop culture zeitgeist of TheSeventies, having composed hits for acts such as Music/{{Carpenters}} ("We've Music/{{Carpenters}}[[note]]("We've Only Just Begun"), Music/TheMonkees ("Someday Man") Begun", "Rainy Days and Mondays", "I Won't Last a Day Without You")[[/note]], Helen Reddy[[note]]("You and Me Against the World)[[/note]], Music/TheMonkees[[note]]("Someday Man")[[/note]] and Three Dog Night ("An Night[[note]]("An Old Fashioned Love Song"), Song", "The Family of Man", "Out in the Country")[[/note]], and appearing in popular television shows of the era, such as ''Series/HawaiiFiveO'', ''TheLoveBoat'' (whose ''Series/TheLoveBoat''[[note]](whose theme, an infamous LoungeLizard stand-by, he composed) composed)[[/note]], and ''Series/TheMuppetShow''. He won an Academy Award for the song "Evergreen", performed by Music/BarbraStreisand in ''Film/AStarIsBorn''.

''Film/AStarIsBorn'', also a #1 hit for Streisand.

Williams also composed soundtracks for cult RockOpera ''Film/PhantomOfTheParadise'' (in which he also performed the role of villainous record producer Swan), children's gangster movie ''BugsyMalone'', and notorious box office flop ''Film/{{Ishtar}}''. Continuing his good relationship with Franchise/TheMuppets, he contributed several songs to the soundtrack of ''Film/TheMuppetMovie'' (most notably perennial classic "Rainbow Connection"), even making a cameo appearance as a [[ThePianoPlayer piano player.player]]. His most recognizable film role would be Little Enos Burdette in the ''Film/SmokeyAndTheBandit'' series.

As a performer in his own right, Williams recorded a number of albums, among them a well-regarded '70s album series on A&M, and overlooked gem ''Someday Man'' on Creator/RepriseRecords. After over a decade of heavy substance abuse, Williams released his last album for more than fifteen years in 1981; his career as a songwriter would never quite recover, certainly not his career as a performer. Despite this, he The man himself, however, did, and has been an advocate of recovery ever since. He remains hugely respected by his peers, having been inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 2001. In 2009, he was elected President and Chairman of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).(ASCAP).

Not to be confused with the boxer (though he did write [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZ9KtuRHXRc a song on the subject]]), the gospel musician, the saxophonist, the music journalist, seven-plus footballers, or a ''Series/TheYoungAndTheRestless'' character of the same name.



* AwardBaitSong: The credits reprise of "Flying Dreams" in animated classic ''TheSecretOfNimh''.

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The credits reprise of "Flying Dreams" in animated classic ''TheSecretOfNimh''.''WesternAnimation/TheSecretOfNIMH''.



** Most Famously, of course is "Rainbow Connection" of ''Franchise/TheMuppets'' fame, and even becomes the BootstrappedTheme for them.

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** Most Famously, of course is "Rainbow Connection" is a piece of ''Franchise/TheMuppets'' fame, and even becomes the BootstrappedTheme for them.bait that almost took, but more importantly, its presence in popular culture is still strongly felt, having become an indelible part of Franchise/TheMuppets as its BootstrappedTheme.



* TheCameo: Portrayed [[CelebrityToons Professor Williams]] in an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dexter's Laboratory]]'', peppered with adorably cheesy references to his musical legacy. Oh, and in the process, providing one of said series' moments of musical awesome with "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vst6DXDnzKw Breathe in the Good Sunshine]]".

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Portrayed [[CelebrityToons Professor Williams]] in an episode of ''[[WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory Dexter's Laboratory]]'', peppered with adorably cheesy references to his musical legacy. Oh, and in the process, providing one of said series' moments of musical awesome with "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vst6DXDnzKw Breathe in the Good Sunshine]]".



* FollowYourHeart: "Rainbow Connection". That is all.

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"Rainbow Connection". That is all.



* InNameOnly: He seems to view ''Someday Man'' as being an album of his in name only, being more in line with Roger Nichols' sunshine pop efforts and fully produced by the same, Paul viewing himself merely as a vocal interpreter for Nichols' vision.



* LongTitle: "Phantom's Theme (Beauty and the Beast)" and "Somebody Super Like You (Beef Construction Song)".

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"Phantom's Theme (Beauty and the Beast)" and "Somebody Super Like You (Beef Construction Song)".



* OlderThanTheyLook: He plays a kid in the 1965 film ''The Loved One''. He was 25 at the time.



* RearrangeTheSong: "An Old Fashioned Love Song" and "Sad Song", both with Franchise/TheMuppets on background vocals!

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"An Old Fashioned Love Song" and "Sad Song", both with Franchise/TheMuppets on background vocals!



* [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "The Reason You Suck" Song]]: "The Hell of It" from ''Phantom of the Paradise'' was written as one for the character of Beef; however, the scene for which it was composed was scrapped, and so it became the end credits song, leaving audiences confused as to whether it's sung by Swan, the Phantom (it's a long story), or an out-of-character Williams.

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* [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech "The Reason You Suck" Song]]: Song]]:
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"The Hell of It" from ''Phantom of the Paradise'' was written as one for the character of Beef; however, the scene for which it was composed was scrapped, and so it became the end credits song, leaving audiences confused as to whether it's sung by Swan, the Phantom (it's a long story), or an out-of-character Williams.



* ThrowItIn: For "Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye", featured vocalist Archie Hahn delivered the spoken word parts in a hammy Puerto Rican accent.


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* WhereItAllBegan: Williams has noted the full-circle irony of the A&M Records lot eventually becoming the property of the Jim Henson Corporation, considering their shared legacies.
25th Apr '14 5:29:06 PM Bastard1
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* AuthorExistenceFailure: Although happily averted, this misconception was the impetus for the making of the documentary ''Paul Williams Still Alive''. Director Stephen Kessler believed him to be long dead as a result of his drug addiction, before finding out otherwise, thanks to the internet.



* OneHitWonder: "Waking Up Alone" made it to #60 on the Billboard Hot 100.



** "Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye", in a gratuitous Puerto Rican accent, no less! (See ThrowItIn below.)
* {{Spoonerism}}: Though not performed by Williams (as noted in StepUpToTheMicrophone), The Holy Mackerel's album contains a spoonerized reading of the story of Prinderella and her two sisty uglers who couldn't shit in that fooe.

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** "Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye", in a gratuitous Puerto Rican accent, no less! (See ThrowItIn below.)
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* {{Spoonerism}}: Though not performed by Williams (as noted in StepUpToTheMicrophone), The Holy Mackerel's album contains a spoonerized reading of the story of Prinderella and her "her two sisty uglers uglers" who couldn't shit "shit in that fooe."
22nd Mar '14 3:01:06 AM DoctorNemesis
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** He also shows up in a OneSceneWonder cameo in a 2014 episode of ''Series/{{Community}}''.

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** He also shows up in minute-long appearance as a OneSceneWonder cameo dodgy school textbook dealer in a 2014 episode of ''Series/{{Community}}''.
22nd Mar '14 2:58:30 AM DoctorNemesis
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** He also shows up in a OneSceneWonder cameo in a 2014 episode of ''Series/{{Community}}''.
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