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Just an old fashioned love song

playing on the radio

And wrapped around the music

is the sound of someone promising they'll never go.

You'll swear you've heard it before

as it slowly rambles on and on

No need in bringing 'em back

'Cause they're never really gone.

Paul Williams (born September 19, 1940) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actor. He was a prominent (albeit diminutive) figure in the pop culture zeitgeist of The Seventies, having composed huge hits for acts such as the Carpenters ("We've Only Just Begun") and Three Dog Night ("An Old Fashioned Love Song"), and appearing in popular television shows of the era, such as Hawaii Five O, The Love Boat and The Muppet Show. He won an Academy Award for the song "Evergreen", performed by Barbra Streisand in A Star Is Born.

Williams composed the soundtracks for the cult Rock Opera Phantom of the Paradise (in which he also performed the role of villainous record producer Swan) and children's gangster movie Bugsy Malone. Continuing his good relationship with The Muppets, he contributed several songs for the soundtrack of The Muppet Movie (most notably perennial classic "Rainbow Connection"), even making a cameo appearance as a piano player. His most recognizable film role would be Little Enos Burdette in the Smokey and the Bandit series.

After a decade of heavy drug use, Williams released his last album for more than a decade in 1981; his career as a musician would never quite recover. Despite this, he remains a hugely respected songwriter in the industry, inducted into the Songwriters' Hall of Fame in 2001; in 2009 he was elected President and Chairman of the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).


  • Someday Man (1969)
  • Just an Old Fashioned Love Song (1971)
  • Life Goes On (1972)
  • A Little Bit of Love (1974)
  • Here Comes Inspiration (1974)
  • Ordinary Fool (1975)
  • A Little on the Windy Side (1979)
  • ...And Crazy for Loving You (1981)
  • In Memory of Robert Johnson (1994)
  • Back to Love Again (1997)

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