Two For Tuesday: Paul Williams

Singer, songwriter, and actor (remember Little Enos Burdette from Smokey and the Bandit?) Paul Williams has had his songs performed by the Carpenters, David Bowie, Helen Reddy, and of course Three Dog Night, who sang his “Out In The Country,” “Family Of Man,” and “An Old Fashioned Love Song.” He’s a member of the Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and was elected as the president of ASCAP in 2009.

Paul wrote “Evergreen,” the love theme from the movie A Star Is Born (1976) starring Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, for which he received his first Academy Award. He sings it here, from his 1979 album A Little On The Windy Side.

He also scored the movie The Muppet Movie (1979), from which “The Rainbow Connection” comes. Here he performs it on the Nickelodeon show Yo Gabba Gabba! in 2009.

You can find Paul’s website here, and he’s on Facebook and Twitter. You can find a lot of his music on YouTube, also.

Paul Williams, your Two For Tuesday, July 5, 2016.

7 thoughts on “Two For Tuesday: Paul Williams

  1. I like Streisand’s version of Evergreen better. Somehow I feel the emotion more. Thanks for sharing all the different connections of the songs and songwriters. I learn something new every time!


  2. He also starred in a deplorable movie – Phantom of the Paradise – long before the Phantom of the Opera mania hit.


        1. There are times I think that would have been the business to get into. I actually took a course in doing voiceovers for commercials, although now it would seem that a lot of legitimate actors are getting into it. Never made much of it…

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    1. Haha! “deplorable” — It is a cult favorite — in a Venn diagram, it’s a smaller circle overlapping a tiny portion of the larger circle encompassing the cult that performs Rocky Horror Picture Show at the midnight movies. Certainly strange and bizarre and occasionally disturbing in its take on the recording industry, its tongue is in its cheek in a uniquely Paul Williams’ way. What’s not to love about the Juicy Fruits being constantly re-invented as they spoof bands that influenced popular music as we know it.


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