NEW YORK (AP) — Songwriter Kenneth “Ken” Williams, who wrote or co-wrote hundred of tunes for an enormous array of performers, together with Donny Hathaway, The 4 Tops and Peaches & Herb, together with The Important Ingredient’s hit “Everyone Performs the Idiot,” has died. He was 83.
Williams died June 17 following an extended non-COVID-19-related sickness at North Shore College Hospital in Manhasset, New York, mentioned his spouse, Broadway actress and singer Mary Seymour Williams.
Williams, together with Rudy Clark and J.R. Bailey penned the-now basic tune “Everyone Performs the Idiot,” initially recorded in 1972 and coated by quite a few artists. In recent times, Williams’ output has been sampled by artists like Alicia Keys and Lil’ Wayne.
In 1968, Williams based A Dish-A-Tunes LLC Publishing, a household owned and operated music firm. Over the last 5 many years Williams added over 500 songs to his music catalogue.
In 2004, the tune “You Don’t Know My Title” recorded by Keys and produced by Kayne West on ”The Diary of Alicia Keys” received a Grammy and so did Williams because it sampled the 1975 tune “Let Me Show My Like to You,” co-written by Williams and carried out by The Important Ingredient.
A few of his songs embody “Love, Love, Love” (Donny Hathaway), “I Can’t See Me With out You” (The Impalas), “Let Me Show My Love To You” (The Important Ingredient), “Solely When You’re Lonely” (Holly Maxwell), “Seven Lonely Nights” (The 4 Tops), “Carry on Holding On” (Margaret Reynolds) and “Hoping You Will Come Again” (Sandra Phillips).
Williams is survived by his spouse; a sister, Dorothy Jones; sons Kenny Williams Jr., Kevin D. Williams and Kalvin Williams; a daughter, Cheryl Nicholson; a stepson, Kenny J. Seymour; grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
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