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Mason Williams

Mason Williams reached his peak in the late 1960s. A humorous scriptwriter and virtuosic acoustic guitar player and composer, Williams reached the top of the hit parade in 1968 with his classical folk guitar instrumental, "Classical Gas." Although it took six months for the single to become a chart-topping smash, it went on to win Grammy awards as Best Instrumental (Theme) Composition and Best Instrumental (Theme) Performance, as well as a Best Instrumental Orchestral Arrangement award for arranger Mike Post. An album featuring a re-recorded version of the tune with Mannheim Steamroller and Fresh Aire, Classical Gas, sold more than a million copies in 1987. The following year, Williams' album, Country Idyll, was nominated for a Grammy in the country music category for Best Instrumental Performance.

Williams has recorded several other memorable albums and compositions. An acoustic Christmas/holiday season album, A Gift of Song, was released in 1992, while his composition "Symphony Bluegrass" has been performed by more than 40 symphony orchestras.

Although Williams attracted attention with his melodic 12-string guitar and banjo playing in the early 1960s, he initially attracted attention as a writer for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. In addition to co-writing the show's theme song, Williams created comedy skits including a presidential campaign by comedian Pat Paulsen in 1968. Williams received Emmy awards in 1967 and 1969 for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, Variety and Music. He was nominated for an Emmy for his work on The Smothers Brothers' 20th Reunion Special in 1988. Williams has also written comedy material for Steve Martin, Andy Williams, Glen Campbell, Dinah Shore, Roger Miller and Petula Clark.

Williams has also garnered acclaim for his artistic ventures -- an 11' x 37' photographic poster of a Greyhound bus is on permanent display at New York's Museum of Modern Art -- and has written and published several books of prose and poetry. ~ Craig Harris, Rovi
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carolokw
I also have a couple of his LP's. Anyone who has any interest in these could let me know via this post.
carolokw
Many years ago I enjoyed Mason's music at San Diego, off campus at a coffee house. I've always been a fan since the early 60's, and loved the Smothers Brothers, and appreciate his influence with Mannheim Steamroller.
mrcline83
I've followed and loved his music since 1971.
emilyhall184 1
Love it.
Here is some new material that I have produced for Mason..
http://www.y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = l s O W A P e e Q _ c
Yes, Mike - we need more of Mason. In fact, I'd propose a new album from him entitled, 'More of Mason.'
I also remember his Them poems.
He's long been one of my favorite artists. Wish we had more of his music and humor available in 2012!
dliebert165
Interesting bio - I didn't realize all the other work he did. I know him for Classical Gas which never gets old!
chorusfrog53
Last I heard he was still alive and living in Eugene, Oregon
Is Mason still with us? His It's a Satursday Night at The World is one of the greatest pieces of writing I have ever heard.
wildcritterw e n d y
I wish I could locate an old cassette tape of his that had a lot of his silly poetry, etc. 'How 'bout them Moose Goosers' and How 'bout them Toad Suckers. Rolling on the floor funny. I have the book but the tape is hilarious.
bayview95
Isn't he also known as John Williams of the Boston Pops and composer for many movies?
very gifted!!!!
.....good friend of steve martin......
baynol
This song was played weekly on "The Smothers Brothers Show" with fast-paced photos of war protests, Viet Nam scenes, etc., till the Powers-That- B e at CBS drove the show off the air.

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