Paul Williams

Paul Williams BIOGRAPHY

Paul Williams

Label(s): A&M Records, Horizon Records
Recording Years: 1971-1977

Signed with Irving Music in 1967, teamed with Roger Nichols. The first song they wrote was "It's Hard to Say Goodbye." Williams left Almo/Irving left in 1974. Among the hit songs by the team:
        Out in the Country--Three Dog Night
        Cried Like a Baby--Bobby Sherman
        Talk It Over in the Morning--Anne Murray
        So Many People--Chase
        Rainy Days and Mondays--Carpenters
        We've Only Just Begun--Carpenters (sold over 2.5 million copies)
        Just An Old-Fashioned Love Song--Three Dog Night (sold over one million copies)
The sheet music to "We've Only Just Begun" sold over one million copies by 1977.

About several of his hit songs, Williams told Radio & Records:
"The guy who'd been commissioned to write the commercial for the United California Bank broke his arm in a skiing accident, so Roger and I agreed to take a crack at it. It turned out to be 'We've Only Just Begun' We didn't think that much of it. It still doesn't sound like a hit to me, but it sure was."
"'Rainy Days and Mondays' started out with just that line: 'rainy days and Mondays always get me down.' It took two months to get the song finished. Roger finished the music and I figured out the rest of the lyrics."
"Whereas 'Old-Fashioned Love Song' was a 20-minute song....I'd just got a gold record...and I joked to myself, 'Well, the Kid did it again, with an old fashioned love song!'...I sat down at the piano with that phrase...and I finished the song right there on the spot."

Signed as an artist with A&M Records in 1971 after Herb Alpert asked Williams to write the lyrics for Michel Colombier's jazz symphony Wings and to sing on the recording. He recorded seven albums for A&M from 1971 through 1975.

In 1974, Paul Williams did a concert in the A&M Studios that was broadcast on KNX-FM radio in Los Angeles.

Williams went on to write scores for motion pictures including The Getaway, The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, Cinderalla Liberty, Phantom of the Paradise, Bugsy Malone, A Star Is Born, and The Day of the Locust.

SOURCES:
Williams, Paul. Current Biography, June 1983.
Paul Williams. A&M Records biography.
From Tiny Tim B-Sides to the Carpenters. Radio & Records, October 31, 1973.
Vox Jox. Billboard, September 28, 1974.

Paul Williams & Roger Nichols
Paul Williams/Jessica Harper
OFFICIAL WEB SITE: Paul Williams

PLAYERS IN THE BAND
Paul Williams
   Born: Sep 14, 1940
   Instrument(s): vocals
   See Paul Williams & Roger Nichols, Paul Williams/Jessica Harper


Paul Williams PHOTOS

Paul Williams DISCOGRAPHY

FORMAT KEY LEGEND

FORMAT KEY
  1 = long playing vinyl album
  2 = compact disc
  3 = VHS video tape
  4 = cassette tape
  5 = Digital Compact Cassette
  7 = 7-inch vinyl single
  8 = 8-track tape
  9 = Longbox cassette
  0 = open reel tape
12 = 12-inch single
PS = picture sleeve
TS = cassette single
MT = mastertone/ringback

Paul Williams U.S. Album Discography

TITLELABELSTOCK NO.RELEASED
Best ofA&M RecordsSP 45431975
ClassicsA&M RecordsSP 47011977
Here Comes InspirationA&M RecordsSP 36061973
Just an Old Fashioned Love SongA&M RecordsSP 31310000
Just an Old Fashioned Love SongA&M RecordsSP 43271971
Life Goes OnA&M RecordsSP 43671972
Little Bit of Love (a)A&M RecordsSP 36551974
Ordinary FoolA&M RecordsSP 45501975
Phantom of the ParadiseA&M RecordsSP 36531974
SongwriterA&M RecordsSP 84260000
Star TraxA&M Records397 1141997
We've Only Just BegunSongs Composed by Roger Nichols and Paul WilliamsA&M RecordsSP 80251970

Paul Williams U.S. Singles and E.P. Discography

TITLE:LABEL:STOCK NO.:RELEASED:
Bugsy Malone/Ordinary FoolA&M Records18681976
Don't Call It Love/Time and TideA&M Records17971976
I Won't Last a Day Without You/Little GirlA&M Records14091973
Inspiration/What Would They SayA&M Records14791973
Little Bit of Love (a)/Nice to Be AroundA&M Records16591974
Look What I Found/Lady Is Waiting (the)A&M Records14291973
My Love and I/I Never Had It So GoodA&M Records13561972
One More Angel/This Is Supposed to Be a PartyA&M Records16861975
That's What Friends Are For/ Dream AwayA&M Records15251974
That's What Friends Are For/Dream AwayA&M RecordsSP 170051974
That's What Friends Are For/Dream AwayHorizon RecordsHZ 1090000
Time and Tide/Even Better Than I Know MyselfA&M Records18531975
Waking Up Alone/Star Is Born ThemeA&M Records19611977
Waking Up Alone/We've Only Just BegunA&M Records13251972

Paul Williams U.S. Song List

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Best of1975SP 4543
Waking Up Alone
You and Me Against The World
Nice to Be Around
We've Only Just Begun
Inspiration
An Old Fashioned Love Song
Loneliness
That's Enough For Me
Rainy Days and Mondays
I Won't Last a Day Without You

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Bugsy Malone/Ordinary Fool19761868
Bugsy Malone
Ordinary Fool

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Classics1977SP 4701
Waking Up Alone
You and Me Against the World
We've Only Just Begun
Loneliness
Evergreen
An Old Fashioned Love Song
With One More Look At You
That's Enough for Me
Rainy Days and Mondays
I Won't Last a Day Without You

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Classics199075021 4701
Waking Up Alone
You and Me Against the World
We've Only Just Begun
Loneliness
Evergreen
An Old Fashioned Love Song
With One More Look At You
That's Enough for Me
Rainy Days and Mondays
I Won't Last a Day Without You

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Don't Call It Love/Time and Tide19761797
Don't Call It Love
Time and Tide

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Here Comes Inspiration1973SP 3606
Nilsson Sings Newman
You and Me Against the World
You Know Me
Born To Fly
That's What Friends Are For
Rainy Days and Mondays
Inspiration
If We Could Still Be Friends
What Would They Say
Driftwood
In the Beginning
Dream Away

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Here Comes Inspiration2016602547 779328
Nilsson Sings Newman
You and Me Against the World
You Know Me
Born To Fly
That's What Friends Are For
Rainy Days and Mondays
Inspiration
If We Could Still Be Friends
What Would They Say
Driftwood
In the Beginning
Dream Away

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
I Won't Last a Day Without You/Little Girl19731409
I Won't Last a Day Without You
Little Girl

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Inspiration/What Would They Say19731479
What Would They Say
Inspiration

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Just An Old Fashioned Love Song2016602547 779274
Waking Up Alone
I Never Had It So Good
We've Only Just Begun
That's Enough For Me
Perfect Love (a)
An Old Fashioned Love Song
Let Me Be the One
Simple Man
When I Was All Alone
My Love and I
Gone Forever

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Just an Old Fashioned Love Song0SP 3131
Waking Up Alone
I Never Had It So Good
We've Only Just Begun
That's Enough For Me
Perfect Love (a)
An Old Fashioned Love Song
Let Me Be the One
Simple Man
When I Was All Alone
My Love and I
Gone Forever

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Just an Old Fashioned Love Song1971SP 4327
Waking Up Alone
I Never Had It So Good
We've Only Just Begun
That's Enough For Me
Perfect Love (a)
An Old Fashioned Love Song
Let Me Be the One
Simple Man
When I Was All Alone
My Love and I
Gone Forever

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Life Goes On1972SP 4367
Lady Is Waiting (the)
Out In the Country
Little Girl
Rose
Where Do I Go From Here
Life Goes On
Park Avenue
I Won't Last a Day Without You
Traveling Boy
That Lucky Old Sun

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Life Goes On2016602547 777447
Lady Is Waiting (the)
Out In the Country
Little Girl
Rose
Where Do I Go From Here
Life Goes On
Park Avenue
I Won't Last a Day Without You
Traveling Boy
That Lucky Old Sun

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Little Bit of Love (a)2016602547 779335
Little Bit Of Love (a)
Sleep Warm
Margarita
Sunday
Family of Man (the)
California Roses
She Sings For Free
Nice To Be Around
Then I'll Be Home
Loneliness
Sad Song

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Little Bit of Love (a)1974SP 3655
Little Bit Of Love (a)
Sleep Warm
Margarita
Sunday
Family of Man (the)
California Roses
She Sings For Free
Nice To Be Around
Then I'll Be Home
Loneliness
Sad Song

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Little Bit of Love (a)/Nice to Be Around19741659
Little Bit Of Love (a)
Nice To Be Around

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Look What I Found/Lady Is Waiting (the)19731429
Look What I Found
Lady Is Waiting (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
My Love and I/I Never Had It So Good19721356
My Love and I
I Never Had It So Good

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
One More Angel/This Is Supposed to Be a Party19751686
One More Angel
This Is Supposed to Be a Party

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Ordinary Fool1975SP 4550
Flash
Lifeboat
Lone Star
Time and Tide
Even Better Than I Know Myself
Don't Call It Love
Lonely Hearts
Old Souls
Ordinary Fool
Soul Rest

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Ordinary Fool2016602547 779342
Flash
Lifeboat
Lone Star
Time and Tide
Even Better Than I Know Myself
Don't Call It Love
Lonely Hearts
Old Souls
Ordinary Fool
Soul Rest

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Phantom of the Paradise1974SP 3653
Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye
Faust
Upholstery
Special to Me (Phoenix Audition Song)
Phantom's Theme (Beauty and the Beast)
Somebody Super Like You (Beef Construction
Life at Last
Old Souls
Faust
Hell of It (the)

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Songwriter0SP 8426
I Won't Last a Day Without You
Let Me Be the One
Out in the Country
That's Enough for Me
I Never Had It So Good
Inspiration
Perfect Love (a0
You and Me Against the World
Waking Up Alone
Traveling Boy

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Star Trax1997397 114

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
That's What Friends Are For/ Dream Away19741525
That's What Friends Are For
Dream Away

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
That's What Friends Are For/Dream Away1974SP 17005
Dream Away
That's What Friends Are For

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
That's What Friends Are For/Dream Away0HZ 109
Dream Away
That's What Friends Are For

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Time and Tide/Even Better Than I Know Myself19751853
Time and Tide
Even Better Than I Know Myself

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Waking Up Alone/Star Is Born Theme19771961
Waking Up Alone
Star Is Born Theme

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
Waking Up Alone/We've Only Just Begun19721325
Waking Up Alone
We've Only Just Begun

TITLE:RELEASED:STOCK NO.:
We've Only Just BegunSongs Composed by Roger Nichols and Paul Williams1970SP 8025
After All
So Many People
Somebody Waiting
Time
Drifter (the)
We've Only Just Begun
Someday Man
Let Me Be the One
Do You Really Have a Heart
I Kept on Loving You
Out in the Country


Paul Williams MUSIC CHARTS

Paul Williams on Record Charts

US ALBUMS
TITLESTOCK NO.CHART NAMEPEAK
ClassicsSP 4701Billboard Pop155
Here Comes InspirationSP 3606Billboard Pop165
Just an Old Fashioned Love SongSP 4327Billboard Pop141
Life Goes OnSP 4367Billboard Pop159
Little Bit of Love (a)SP 3655Billboard Pop95
Ordinary FoolSP 4550Billboard Pop146
Phantom of the ParadiseSP 3653Billboard Pop194
US SINGLES & EPs
TITLESTOCK NO.CHART NAMEPEAK
I Won't Last a Day Without You/Little Girl1409Billboard AC40
Inspiration/What Would They Say1479Billboard AC18
Waking Up Alone/We've Only Just Begun1325Billboard Pop60
1325Billboard AC19