W is for Williams

Lucinda Williams became one of the Year’s most overlooked artists.

lucindaMy LP and CD collections are in alphabetical order, regardless of genre, except for the classical ones. This makes for interesting CDs being next to each other, such as jazz band Glenn Miller, country star Roger Miller and rocker Steve Miller. I thought I’d check out my CDs categorized under Williams, which is likely the largest surname in my collection:

Andy Williams (1927-2012): he was a crooner who had a TV show when I was growing up. My friend Fred made me a mixed CD of pop songs from the 1960s and early 1970s. Here’s Moon River, which is his signature song, but which was never released as a single.

Hank Williams (1923–1953) – a country music legend who died way too young. His hit Your Cheatin’ Heart.

Joe Williams (1918 – 1999) was a great jazz singer, who performed with Count Basie. In 1985 took the role of “Grandpa Al” Hanks on the Cosby Show. Here’s Gravy Waltz.

John Williams (b. 1941) – no, not the movie composer, but the guy who is “renowned for his ensemble playing as well as his interpretation and promotion of the modern classical guitar repertoire.” Here’s Fauré: Pavane.

Lucinda Williams (b. 1953) – the eclectic alt-country singer/songwriter/guitarist whose music infuses rock, folk, blues, as well as country. I’ve seen perform twice in the 1990s. One of my favorite albums of 2014: Old, But Not in a New Way: Why Lucinda Williams Became One of the Year’s Most Overlooked Artists; this IS a fine album. Here’s the title song from her 1998 breakthrough album, Car Wheels on a Gravel Road.

Robbie Williams (b. 1974) is an English singer-songwriter, and occasional actor, who was successful as a member of the group Take That, more so as a solo artist. From the only album of his I own, Escapeology, from 2002, listen to Feel.

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Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

17 thoughts on “W is for Williams”

  1. Very eclectic! But, that’s a good thing. I didn’t realise that “Moon River” was never a single; it was the only song my dad played on the piano, and rather well, as I remember it. And, Robbie Williams (and Take That) were HUGE in New Zealand.

  2. Catholic in your musical taste I see. I am also impressed that you keep your CDs in alphabetical order. Mine start that way, but soon get muddled up until the next time I sort them out!

  3. Of course, its nonexistence as a single didn’t stop Columbia from slapping “Moon River” on a Greatest Hits collection.

    That said, I learned the song from Jerry Butler.

  4. Lovely entry.. it reminds me of times, long gone, in wich i had a stack of singles and lp’s alongside a wall …
    I all sold them / gave away …. after we started buying cd’s, wich we almost never listen to anymore by the way..

    And aa couple of familiar names with this weeks letter to make it complete 😉

    Have a nice abc-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫

  5. What a great mix of styles of music and I’d love to come and rummage around and listen to it all. Naturally, I’d put it all back in alphabetical order – that’s just the kind of ocd person I am…..LOL

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  6. Great posting, Roger, – I keep my CDs and sheet music in order of genre – each to his own. Whatever makes it easier to find what you’re looking for!

  7. Lucinda Williams has a interesting way of phrasing. I like her. She reminds me of someone else–a male–but I can’t pull his name out of my mind.

  8. I must admit I have never considered how may singers have the last name Williams. You sound extremely organized to have all your music arranged alphabetically!

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