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Happy # 76 Paul Williams, great songwriter

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Happy # 76 to Paul Williams,  one of best songwriters of recent pop music.        His songs were recorded by Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles, David Bowie, Tony Bennett, The Carpenters, Luther Vandross, Willie Nelson, REM, Anne Murray, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, Diana Krall, Sarah Vaughn, Sarah McLachlan, Jason Mraz, The Dixie Chicks, Gonzo and Kermit The Frog.

Paul Williams won the lottery sort of when Richard Carpenter heard a radio commercial about mortgage plans for recently married couples.  Richard played it for Karen and we know the rest of the story, i.e. “We’ve only just begun”.

It became The Carpenters’ 2nd big song and a track from the “Close to You” album.  It is their signature song and a very popular tune for newlyweds.

The Carpenters also recorded “Rainy Days and Mondays”, a truly magnificent vocal performance by Karen Carpenter.

Three Dog Night kept the streak going with “An old fashioned love song”, my favorite song by that group.

Last, but not least, Kermit the Frog also recorded one of Williams’ songs: “Rainbow connection”.

Enjoy Paul’s songs because they are wonderful.

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Written by scantojr

September 19, 2016 at 6:00 pm

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