Posted by Roger Ritthaler at 7:22 AM. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. In the 1980s he performed in a group featuring his wife Helen. Thirty years later, his early playing is still striking for its audacity; his capacity to listen, to hear within the group and augment the musical conversation, seemed unbounded.. Mr. Williams was born in Chicago and grew up in Boston. Until Tony Williams death in 1997, Tony Williams was a much respected drummer of the earlier version of jazz, as well as the avant-garde jazz. A legendary jazz/Fusion drummer. By the time he was 15, he was playing regularly around Boston, working with gritty organ groups and experimental musicians. Tony Williams, the original lead singer of the Platters whose renditions of "Only You" and "The Great Pretender" propelled the R&B group to stardom in the 1950s, died … Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. Tony Williams met his wife Helen, a model, in Las Vegas in 1957. But Ram placed promotional emphasis on Williams's voice as a ballad singer, insisting that the group were pop-chart material. His most recent album, ''Wilderness,'' merged fusion and classical music. The cause was a heart attack, said his publicist, Kirk Tanksley. Shirley Knight, a Tony and Emmy award-winning actress, has died. Tony Williams’ family moved to Boston, Massachusetts when he was a toddler. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. TimesMachine is an exclusive benefit for home delivery and digital subscribers. Along with his band mates, Mr. Williams took group improvisation further than it had gone before, developing structural improvisations that made the form of a tune seem finally irrelevant to the music. Tony Williams, a drummer whose innovations made him one of the most influential jazz musicians of the last half-century, died on Sunday at the Seton Medical Center in Daly City, Calif. Other articles where Tony Williams is discussed: jazz-rock: … and associates such as drummer Tony Williams, guitarist John McLaughlin, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, and electric keyboardists Joe Zawinul, Herbie Hancock, Larry Young, and Chick Corea broke through to distinctive fusion musics. In the late 1970's Mr. Williams returned to mainstream jazz as part of the Great Jazz Trio, with Hank Jones and Mr. Carter. Marshall’s older brother, Garry, preceded … Tony Williams, the accidental UK catalyst for the fusion of Jamiacan Dub and New York dance music during the early-‘80s, sadly died on April 30th. Tony [Williams] used to have that trouble with Wayne [Shorter]. Williams was the brother of the blues singer Linda Hayes, and it was she who first introduced him to the ex-lawyer turned songwriter and arranger Buck Ram in 1954. He also formed the group V.S.O.P., with Mr. Tony Williams ' death in 1997 of a heart attack after routine gall bladder surgery was a major shock to the jazz world. Several changes of personnel followed, and at one time it was claimed that there were over 20 groups claiming to be the original Platters. He was 51. Tony Williams, Actor: Marked for Death. Gargantua (Williams) 02. And in his swing, Mr. Williams was utterly committed. That list included Freddie Hubbard, Andrew Hill, Eric Dolphy, Grachan Moncur and Mr. McLean. Miami Vice Theme (Hammer)03. Read our full mailing list consent terms here. His father, Tillman Williams, was the Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? There was a sense, in his early music, that he was completely taken by velocity and forward motion. Tony Williams, singer, born Elizabeth New Jersey 15 April 1928, died New York City 14 August 1992. More known as Tony Williams by drummers around the world. He also continued studying, working on harmony and composition with teachers from the Juilliard School of Music and the University of California at Berkeley. When the original Platters recording finally hit the charts the New Musical Express described Williams's voice as 'unearthly'. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. The Platters signed a contract with Mercury records in November 1955, and the label's initial commercial reaction to them was that they were simply another rhythm-and-blues group. Tony Anthony Williams Jr., a lifelong resident of Palatka, Florida also resided in Jacksonville for a brief time with family where he attended Duval and Putnam School District. Shortly after Ram took over the management, Hodge was forced to leave the group after an incident with the police. Shorter, Mr. Hancock and Mr. Carter; as late as 1995, when the group recorded the Grammy-winning ''Tribute To Miles Davis,'' the shadow of their old boss was still in place. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. Untold Passion (Hammer)06. He liked a clean, spare sound evoking the slight sizzle of fat in a frying pan, and often moved abruptly between light and cluttered textures. Tony Williams, a former parking-lot attendant who crooned the 1950's hit songs "Only You" and "The Great Pretender" as the lead singer of the Platters, died on Friday at his Manhattan apartment. The Platters continued with a replacement lead vocalist, Sonny Turner. He began recording for Columbia, with musicians from the improvising pianist Cecil Taylor to the rock guitarist Ronnie Montrose. Williams had formed the group in 1953, with his fellow members David Lynch, Alex Hodge and Herbert Reed. They performed worldwide, specialising in night-club appearances, but neither Williams alone, nor the group, ever recaptured the special magic of the original combination. "Then I gave him some progressions. Samuel E. "Tony" Williams (April 5, 1928 – August 14, 1992) was the lead singer of the Platters from 1953 to 1960. Discography The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. He is survived by his wife, Colleen, of Pacifica, Calif., and his mother, Alyse Janez. He had been listening to rock and Jimi Hendrix, and along with Davis, he began thinking about moving toward a fusion of popular music and jazz. That year, Mr. Williams, then 17, was invited to join a newly formed group led by Davis, who was embarking on a new sound. Tony Williams left the group in August,1960 to pursue a solo career signing with Reprise Records, but never approached his success with the Platters. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 1980 Vinyl release of Play Or Die on Discogs. Mr. Williams was a child prodigy, and from his earliest recordings with the saxophonist Jackie McLean through his work with the Miles Davis band of the mid-1960's on to his own jazz and rock fusion groups, he retained his own sound. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. In the mid-1980's, Mr. Williams made a series of highly regarded albums for the reactivated Blue Note label. Ram had previously worked with the Duke Ellington and Count Basie bands. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. His playing lost its opaque, cool quality and his music took on weight and density. The record, composed by Ram, was a perfect showcase for the emotional range and scope of Williams's voice, and remained at the top of the US hit parade for over two weeks, selling more than a million copies. In February 1956 Mercury released their follow-up single, the ballad 'The Great Pretender'. Ram was a booking agent at the time of the introduction, and was reputedly so impressed by the tonal purity of Williams's high tenor, that he decided to create the 'Platters sound', around his voice. In his hands tempos were pliable, and he was comfortable halfing and doubling the pulse, plying the emotional implications of elastic tempos. Tony Williams was born on December 12, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Anthony Williams. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. Before this several cover versions of both of these songs had entered the British charts (there was a delay in Mercury's obtaining a UK outlet). Mr. Williams was regularly recording with other people as well, and the list of his collaborators on the Blue Note label sums up the experimental mainstream of the time. Their first single, 'Only You (And You Alone)', hit the mainstream US chart at number 5, much to the amazement of Mercury's A and R department. Williams was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and died in New York of emphysema. Its debut album was Emergency!, a double album released on Polydor/PolyGram Records in 1969. Williams-Dunning was driving a 2007 Chevy Tahoe while towing a boat Saturday night in Henry County, Tennessee, when it crashed, according to Wesley Moster, a spokesman … Her Brother Garry Died 2 Years Prior to Her Death. He had undergone minor gall … Mr. Williams continued on the fusion route until 1973, then took some time off. He also was part of The Miles Davis Quintet in the 60's and did extensive touring with Herbie Hancock's V.S.O.P band as well. On Thursday, February 20, Williams, after complaining of stomach pain, was admitted to the hospital for gall bladder surgery. The vocalist Paul Robi replaced him, and this new line-up was the final combination which made The Platters the most successful black group of the Fifties. Early in his career he was a master of the ride cymbal. The band was possibly named for Williams' debut album as a bandleader, Life Time, released on Blue Note in 1965. Zola Taylor went in 1962, soon joining another ex-member to perform the hits of the Platters. Please be respectful when making a comment and adhere to our Community Guidelines. The other drummer on that album was Ginger Baker, who had played in Cream with Jack Bruce, later the bass player with the Tony Williams Lifetime. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. He was an actor, known for Marked for Death (1990), 'Round Midnight (1986) and One Night with Blue Note (1985). Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Darkness (Hammer)04. Crockett's Theme (Hammer)05. ... Carole Bishop, Shirley Knight and Sammy Williams, pose with their awards at the 30th Annual Tony Awards in New York. In 1963 he recorded with Mr. McLean and began an association with the Blue Note label that produced some of the most admired works of the era. Logan Williams, a young actor who appeared on CW’s “The Flash,” died on April 2 at 16 years old, and his mother has revealed that his death was caused by a … TONY WILLIAMS was the original lead singer of … He probably died with it in his mouth! Scroll down for video. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. It included Larry Young on organ and John McLaughlin on guitar, and it recorded its first album that year for Polydor Records, ''Emergency!'' He died on February 24, 1997 in Daly City, California, USA. Star quality: Andy Williams duets with Kermit the Frog on The Muppet Show in 1980. He had an older sister, Linda Hayes. He included the young musicians Wallace Roney, Donald Harrison and Mulgrew Miller along with Bobby Hutcherson and Mr. Carter. He also had a passion and loved God. But, just as Diana Ross was The Supremes, so Tony Williams was The Platters. In 1960, Tony Williams left the group and one by one, other members resigned. By this point he had also absorbed rock and funk into his mainstream jazz vocabulary. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Mr. Williams's own two recordings for Blue Note include the masterful ''Spring,'' from 1965, which featured Mr. The Platters sold over 50 million records and introduced a unique blend of orchestral arrangement with a distinct rhythm-and-blues harmonising, which almost immediately earned them acceptance amongst the United States' white audience. He never did take that thing out of his mouth. During the 1980s, several former members died, including David Lynch (1981), Nate Nelson (1984) and Paul Robi (1989). As part of the Davis quintet's rhythm section, with Herbie Hancock on piano and Ron Carter on bass, Mr. Williams radically changed the way a band worked. Tony loved to fish, spend time with his son, wife, and family, as well laughing while making others laugh. Tony Williams was one of the most influential jazz drummers of the 60s and one of the pioneers of jazz fusion. 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