The greatest guitarist of pop, rock and soul music has passed
last week, Mr. David Williams. Mr. Williams launched an
international career as a guitarist for the MIGHTY DELLS and THE
TEMPTATIONS, and then as a singer, song-writer, producer, and
guitarist with his band CHANSON back in the mid 70’s.
William’s went on to make the top of the charts with his
hit single “Don’t Hold Back” with Chanson,
which went number one in 1978, and caught the ear of a young
performer named MICHAEL JACKSON, who called Mr. Williams and
asked him to work with him.
At this invitation, David Williams, already undergoing great success, put his solo career with Chanson on hold, and went on to work closely with Michael Jackson on his albums ‘Off the Wall’, ‘Bad.’ and ‘Thriller’ records among more, touring the world for these and what was the biggest tour, ‘Thriller’, for the biggest selling record of all time. Reportedly, during one creative conflict between Mr. Williams and Mr. Jackson’s producer Quincy Jones, Michael Jackson stepped forward and demanded that David’s guitar be added back to the recordings, stating, if David Williams walks, Michael walks. Needless to say, Mr. Jackson got his way, David Williams stayed, and his now legendary riffs that are signature to the sounds of The King of Pop can be heard on his records to this day. Williams went on to further work with the Jackson 5, becoming close friends of members of the legendary family.
Of Michael Jackson, Williams stated, “There’s no body better than Michael. Every body wanted a piece of Michael, and his problem is that he is just too nice, and gets taken advantage of. All of those people just wanted money out of him…” Mr. Williams, who also toured extensively with Madonna, had this to say of the Queen of Pop, “I love Madonna. I would do any thing for that woman. She treated me right, and I consider her a friend.…”
When Michael Jackson wasn’t touring, other stars wanted to have what Michael had, and that was David Williams- And they got him. Music legends including JULIO IGLESIAS, GEORGE BENSON, THE MANHATTAN TRANSER, MICHAEL McDONALD, MELISSA MANCHESTER, THE TEMPTATIONS, STEVIE NICKS, ROD STEWART, DIONNE WARWICK, SHALAMAR, GO WEST, THE CARPENTERS, ARETHA FRANKLIN, BRYAN FERRY, MARIAH CAREY, JULIAN LENNON, YURI, GENESIS, THE POINTER SISTERS, BOZ SCAGGS, THE TUBES, THE BEATLES’ PAUL McCARTNEY, JOHNNY MATHIS, DEL SHANNON, CHAKA KHAN, THE FOUR TOPS, KENNY LOGGINS, JOURNEY’s STEVE PERRY, MADONNA, and countless more hired the best guitarist in the world they could find that money could buy; MR. DAVID WILLIAMS.
David Williams was recently inducted in to the GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS for being the guitarist working and appearing on the most number one hit records in the world of all time, a fact he was justly proud of, and that was driven by his huge ambition and non-stop work ethic.
David Williams was a man of faith, who spoke often of his trust in God, and his love of the U.S. as a combat veteran from Viet Nam. His massive energy fueled and motivated all those he was in contact with. He stated that if he wasn’t a musician, he’d have been a stand up comic. He filled many lives not only with his huge talent, but also with his daily jokes, funny spirit, and humor despite all odds.
He loved life, loved the music industry, and stated to his manager Bruce Edwin, “I have lived a hundred, a thousand lives in one lifetime. I have lived the life people only dream of… I have toured and performed with the biggest stars in the world. And I thank God every day. I have been very blessed…”
David Williams’ most recent work in development included a planned concert for NELSON MANDELLA, and performing again with the King of Pop, MICHAEL JACKSON. His other planned projects included his work as Music Producer on the upcoming feature film SONS OF THUNDER®, about the life story of Martin Luther King Jr’s brother Alfred Daniel King, headed by ALVEDA KING and CONRAD BULLARD, with executives Mr. Edwin and Mr. Williams, as well as a new album with recording artist MOIRA CUE, also repped by Williams’ Manager Bruce Edwin of STARPOWER MANAGEMENT LLC.
Contrary to misinformed media reports, David Williams, who was well insured, was hospitalized last Monday, March 2nd, due to natural causes. He passed on Friday morning, March 6th, under the proper care of hospital staff, and with the love of members of his family. He passed on with dignity and respect. He was 58.
David Williams often stated that even better than all of his worldly successes as a musician, he was most proud of his daughters. His family includes his daughters KIMBERLY PERRY, MICHELLE PERRY, DANA WILLIAMS, and DAVIDA WILLIAMS, his brothers LARRY WILLIAMS and CLARENCE WILLIAMS, his sisters DELORES MAJOR, DORIS CARMICHAEL, and ELAINE PATTERSON, any many nephews and nieces including niece TRACEY SCOTT.
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Bryan Ferry Tribute to David Williams
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