I was surfing around Netflix this weekend, trying to find a movie. Netflix can just be another TV wasteland, but occasionally if you surf enough, you can find a pony in a pile of shit. I found a documentary on Paul Williams. I passed by it several times. I knew who the guy was, and anyone who lived in the late 70s and 80s knew too. he was everywhere. Paul Williams, is a funny little guy.
Remember Smokey and the Bandit?
Paul Williams is that short dude. You may or not remember him.
When I was a kid, Paul Williams was everywhere. Fantasy Island, Love Boat, Beretta, Match Game, The tonight show more than a few times…. Stuff I remember as a kid. He was a TV personality. I never knew him as anything else. I always wondered why he was there.
But, the guy had a serious talent for writing music. Like, more than most. Like, what most musicians dream of. I don’t know much about music, but check out that melody and how it rolls around in your head if you let it. Its a fairly good song, methinks.
He wrote this one as well for 3 dog night.
Here’s another one: From the Muppet movie in 1979. If you ever bring this up again that I posted this, or said I like it I will punch you in the throat. For hell sakes… I was twelve.
He wrote this for a local bank Commercial. He was just trying to make a buck at the time , then it got found. This is a great song, and is still the #1 wedding song to this day.
He wrote a bunch more you might recognize.
Anyway, just a thought about the guy. An influence on his generation.
People are interesting. Everyone is trying to make their own way, in their own time. The underdog great ones inspire me.