5 Greatest Paul Williams Songs
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If you ever want to lay hands on a remarkable track with a legacy that will surely last forever, you’d know that Paul Williams is the man for the job. His music has been recorded by some of the titans in the music industry— The Carpenters, The Monkees, David Bowie, and many more, marking his career as a prominent songwriter to various artists. Not only that, but he is also an Oscar-nominated fellow for his musical contributions to films. Below, we’ll take a visit to 5 of his greatest songs.
“Nilsson Sings Newman” – Here Comes Inspiration
The 1974 LP Here Comes Inspiration by Paul Williams features a 54-second track named “Nilsson Sings Newman.” Williams might’ve been inspired by the duo’s rocking album, that he wrote a song about it.
“What Would They Say” – Here Comes Inspiration
Written and sung by Paul Williams, it garnered fame when it was used as the theme song for 1976’s The Boy in a Plastic Bubble starring John Travolta. Travolta also covered this song for his album Can’t Let You Go (1977).
“I Hope that Somethin’ Better Comes Along” – The Muppet Movie: Original Soundtrack Recording
Another hit from The Muppet Movie (1979) worth sharing is this lovely soundtrack. “I Hope that Somethin’ Better Comes Along” is performed by Kermit the Frog and Rowlf the Dog as a duet.
“You and Me Against the World” – Here Comes Inspiration
This was the first of many collaborations between Williams and songwriter Kenny Ascher. Started only as an in-joke between the two musicians, Ascher realizes that the song has got some potential, so Williams included it on his debut album, Here Comes Inspiration. The girl version of it is produced in Helen Reddy’s LP Love Song for Jeffrey, which became a popular hit.
“Rainbow Connection” – The Muppet Movie: Original Soundtrack Recording
Who doesn’t recognize this song? The simple message contained made Williams and Ascher’s career be catapulted up in the industry. Sung by Kermit the Frog from The Muppet Movie (1979), it has now been covered several times and even got recognition from the Library of Congress.