Clarence Williams

Also known as C Williams, C. William, C. Williams, C.Williams, Charence Williams, Cl. Williams, Clarance Williams, Clarence, d. Williams, Вильямс, J. Williams, O. Williams, S. Williams, W. Clarence, William, Williams, Williams Clarence, Willianms
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Discography of Clarence Williams:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Clarence Williams (Great Original Performances 1927 To 1934) 16 Audio 1989 ABC Records (3)
2 Clarence Williams (Great Original Performances 1927 To 1934) 16 Audio 1988 BBC Records
3 Volume 2 15 Audio 1971 Swaggie Records
4 Rhythm Kings 1935 12 Audio 1960 Alamac Record Company
5 Shut Your Mouth / What Do You Know About That 2 Audio Paramount
6 The Dirty Dozen / She Don't Know Who She Wants 2 Audio Okeh
7 Mixing The Blues / The Weary Blues 2 Audio 1923 Okeh
8 Clarence Williams (Great Original Performances 1927 To 1934) 16 Audio 1989 ABC Records (3)
9 Farm Hand Papa / My Woman Done Me Wrong (As Far As I'm Concerned) 2 Audio 1928-08-30 Columbia
10 Arkansaw Blues / Terrible Blues 2 Audio Okeh
11 Royal Queen-White Promo 2 Audio Chancellor
12 I Know It's True (It's All Over) / I Know About Love 2 Audio 1964 Tina Records
13 Clarence Williams And Eva Taylor 1925-1926 17 Audio 1984 Retrieval
14 Clarence Williams Rarities 16 Audio Parlophone
15 Clarence Williams Recordings 1926-1930 16 Audio Fontana
16 You Rascal You 79 Audio 2005 Membran International GmbH
17 Thriller Blues 1930-1941 25 Audio 2005 Frog (7)
18 Jug Bands 1929-1934 16 Audio 1985 Swaggie Records
19 A Selection Of His Rare Recordings Volume One 1979-1930 16 Audio 1989 Swaggie Records
20 1937-1941 20 Audio 1997 Classics Records
21 1934-1937 20 Audio 1996 Classics Records
22 1934 18 Audio 1996 Classics Records
23 1933-1934 23 Audio 1996 Classics Records
24 1933 23 Audio 1995 Classics Records
25 1930-1931 22 Audio 1995 Classics Records
26 1929-1930 22 Audio 1995 Classics Records
27 1929 22 Audio 1994 Classics Records
28 1928-1929 22 Audio 1994 Classics Records
29 1927-1928 22 Audio 1994 Classics Records
30 1927 22 Audio 1993 Classics Records
31 1926-1927 23 Audio 1993 Classics Records
32 1924-1926 23 Audio 1993 Classics Records
33 1921-1924 23 Audio 1992 Classics Records
34 Country Goes To Town (1929-1941) 16 Audio 1972 RCA Victor
35 The Music Man - (1927 - 1939) 17 Audio 1982 MCA Records
36 Volume I 1927-1928 16 Audio Les Disques Pierre Cardin

American jazz pianist, composer, promoter, vocalist, theatrical producer, and publisher (October 8, 1898 – November 6, 1965).

Williams was born in Plaquemine, Louisiana, ran away from home at age 12 to join Billy Kersand's Traveling Minstrel Show, then moved to New Orleans. At first Williams worked shining shoes and doing odd jobs, but soon became known as a singer and master of ceremonies. By the early 1910s he was a well regarded local entertainer also playing piano, and was composing new tunes by 1913. Williams was a good business man and worked arranging and managing entertainment at the local African-American vaudeville theater as well as various saloons and dance halls around Rampart Street, and clubs and houses in Storyville.

Williams started a music publishing business with violinist/bandleader Armand J. Piron 1915, which by the 1920s was the leading African-American owned music publisher in the country. He toured briefly with W.C. Handy, set up a publishing office in Chicago, then settled in New York in the early 1920s. In 1921, he married blues singer and stage actress Eva Taylor with whom he would frequently perform. He supervised African-American recordings (the 8000 Race Series) for New York offices of Okeh phonograph company in the 1920s in the Gaiety Theatre office building in Times Square. He recruited many of the artists who performed on that label. He also recorded extensively, leading studio bands frequently for OKeh, Columbia and occasionally other record labels.

He mostly used "Clarence Williams' Jazz Kings" for his hot band sides and "Clarence Williams' Washboard Five" for his washboard sides. He also produced and participated in early recordings by Louis Armstrong, Sidney Bechet, Bessie Smith, Virginia Liston, Irene Scruggs, and many others. King Oliver played cornet on a number of Williams' late 1920s recordings. He was the recording director for the short-lived QRS Records label in 1928.

Most of his recordings were songs from his publishing house, which explains why he recorded tunes like "Baby Won't You Please Come Home", "Close Fit Blues" and "Papa De-Da-Da" numerous times.

In 1933, he signed to the Vocalion label and recorded quite a number of popular recordings, mostly featuring washboard percussion, through 1935.

In 1943 Williams sold his extensive back-catalogue of tunes to Decca Records for $50,000 and retired, but then bought a bargain used goods store. Williams died in Queens, New York City in 1965 and was interred in Saint Charles Cemetery in Farmingdale, Long Island, New York. On her death in 1977, his wife was interred next to him. Their grandson is Clarence Williams III.

Clarence Williams' name appears as composer or co-composer on numerous tunes, including a number which by Williams' own admission were written by others but which Williams bought all rights to outright, as was a common practice in the music publishing business at the time. Clarence Williams hits include "I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate" (as publisher - not composer), "Baby Won't You Please Come Home", "Royal Garden Blues", "Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do", "Shout, Sister, Shout" and many others. In 1970, Williams was posthumously inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

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