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David Williams (guitarist)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

David Williams
Born November 21, 1950
Origin Newport News, Virginia, U.S.
Died March 6, 2009(2009-03-06) (aged 58)
Hampton, Virginia, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • musician
  • record producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • bass guitar
Years active 1968–2009
Associated acts

David Williams (November 21, 1950 – March 6, 2009) was an American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer.

In a music career that spanned more than 40 years, Williams was best known for his work as a prolific session rhythm guitarist, working with artists including Earth, Wind & Fire, the Jacksons, Boz Scaggs, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Bryan Ferry, Herbie Hancock and the Temptations. In addition to his work as a session musician, Williams had a solo career which included two studio albums: Take the Ball and Run (1983) and Somethin' Special (1991).

Career

A native of Newport News, Virginia, Williams learned to play guitar as a child from Marvin Alston, by 11 years old, he was playing behind his brother Clarence group, (the Chandeliers), He played around Newport News, Va with Mr. Ben Dale and the Co-Ops, In High School, He was playing the Contra (upright) Bass trained under Mrs. Margaret Phillps Davis. later he started his professional career with the Dells at age 18. This career was interrupted when he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War. In Vietnam, he was stationed at Cu Chi with the 25th Infantry Division (Tropic Lighting) better Known as "The Wolfhounds", They Were No Cream Puffs Troops, They were among the Very best Fighting Men Ever, So to say that David during the war, was on a bed of ease, is simply not true. Upon returning home he hooked up with the Temptations (through Benjamin Branch who had worked in Chicago for Operation Breadbasket), David did lots of live gigs and eventually settled in Los Angeles to do studio work. His First major hit was with "Rick James" on "You and I" Although he's featured on albums by Fred Frith (1974), Hodges James & Smith (1978), Phil Hurtt (1978), Linda Evans (1979), and his own project Chanson (1978); steadily growing success didn't begin until he was brought to Michael Jackson's attention by Everett "Blood" Hollins. Upon hearing Chanson on the radio, a group Blood brought to the attention of Mark Kreiner, for 1979's Off the Wall album. He was also featured on every song but one (second only to Tito Jackson) for the Jackson's' 1980 Triumph album; and played on the Jackson's concert tour that resulted in their 1981 The Jackson's Live!album. Mark Kreiner was called to New York by Tom Cossie when "Blood" was shopping a record deal for "CHIC". Cossie was VP for Buddah Records and they were broke, So Cossie got Kreiner to guarantee the Money, and "Blood" asked David, "did he want a record Deal. The rest was history.

David Williams was a popular session guitarist on other albums for many notable recording artists. He was hired to play by The Pointer Sisters (1980), Peter Allen (1980), Aretha Franklin (1980) and the Four Tops (1981). In 1982, he was used once again on Michael Jackson's Thriller album, where his signature funky strumming and a minimalist solo famously anchor "Billie Jean". Williams also performed on Jackson's Bad album (1987).

After the success of these projects Williams became one of the most in-demand pop music union session guitarists for the next decade, recording with Madonna, Julio Iglesias, George Benson, the Manhattan Transfer, Michael McDonald, Melissa Manchester, the Temptations, Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart, Dionne Warwick, Shalamar, Go West, ABC, Genesis, Boz Scaggs, Karen Carpenter, Aretha Franklin, Mariah Carey, Julian Lennon, Bryan Ferry, Paul McCartney, Johnny Mathis, Del Shannon, Chaka Khan, Paul Hardcastle, Kenny Loggins, Steve Perry, Lionel Richie, Jessica Simpson, Diana Ross, the Crusaders, Andraé Crouch, Eddie Murphy, Herbie Hancock, Peter Cetera, Whitney Houston, Monkey Business and more.

Though he played on a number of tours with Michael Jackson, Madonna and others, Williams remained a behind-the-scenes union session player. Williams died of cardiac arrest on March 6, 2009, in Hampton, Virginia at age 58, 3 months before Jackson's death also from cardiac arrest.

Discography

Solo albums

  • Take the Ball and Run (1983)
  • Somethin' Special (1991)

External links

This page was last edited on 1 February 2018, at 03:37.
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