Roger Williams (October 1, 1924 - October 8, 2011) was a highly acclaimed virtuoso pop pianist who became famous in the mid 1950s. He was a child prodigy who began playing the piano at age 3. He got his start in the music business winning a contest on "Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts," after which he signed with Kapp Records.
In 1955, Williams debuted with the cascading "Autumn Leaves," the only piano instrumental to ever top the Billboard charts and the song for which he is best remembered. This piece was followed by a long string of hits through 1977 on the Pop/Rock and Adult Contemporary charts that also included "Almost Paradise" (1957), "Till" (1957), "Near You" (1958), and numerous movie title themes, the most famous of which is the majestic big cat classic, "Born Free," from the 1966 movie starring Virginia McKenna.
Known as the "Pianist to the Presidents," Roger Williams performed for every US president from Harry Truman through George W. Bush. In 2010, he was inducted into the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.
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- Born Free 1966
("Born Free" is a majestic piano-orchestral version of the heartwarming title song from the 1966 movie starring Virginia McKenna, Bill Travers and Elsa the lioness. This song later also became a hit for the Hesitations (1968, sung version).)
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