Do any of you remember songwriter Paul Williams?
I got an e-mail saying the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) just voted him its president and chairman of the board. Imagine that!
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Songwriter Marilyn Bergman decided to step down as president today. She was president for 15 years.
Another songwriter, Jimmy Webb ("MacArthur Park") was named writer vice chairman, and replaces Williams.
Still can't place Williams? Even if you can't picture him, you'll probably recognize some of his songs -- "We've Only Just Begun," "Rainy Days and Mondays," "You and Me Against the World," "An Old-Fashioned Love Song," "I Won't Last a Day Without You" and "Let Me Be the One." Among the artists who have recorded his songs are Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson, Ella Fitzgerald, David Bowie, Ray Charles, R.E.M., Tony Bennett, Sarah Vaughan, Johnny Mathis, Luther Vandross and Kermit the Frog. OK. I'm stumped. What songs did Bowie and R.E.M. record?
And Kermit? "Rainbow Connection" from "The Muppet Movie." Who knew he wrote that one? Not me.
He's also written movie scores, most notably "Bugsy Malone." He also wrote "Evergreen" from the remake of "A Star Is Born."
Though he's an accomplished songwriter, Williams has said he'll probably be best known as one of the co-stars of the Burt Reynolds "Smokey and the Bandit." He played Little Enos.
Remember the cheesy theme song for "The Love Boat"? He wrote it.
And you thought Barry Manilow was the king of cheesy songs!