John Williams (guitarist)

70

John Williams (guitarist) : biography

24 April 1941 –

Other musical genres

Although Williams is best known as a classical guitarist, he has explored many different musical genres. He was a member of the fusion group Sky. He is also a composer and arranger. At the invitation of producer Martin Lewis he created a highly acclaimed classical-rock fusion duet with celebrated rock guitarist Pete Townshend of The Who for Townshend’s anthemic Won’t Get Fooled Again for the 1979 Amnesty International benefit show The Secret Policeman’s Ball. The duet was featured on the resulting album and the film version of the show – bringing Williams to the broader attention of the rock audience.

Williams recorded "Cavatina" by Stanley Myers. The piece originally included only the first few measures but, at Williams’ request, it was rewritten for guitar and expanded by Myers. After this transformation it was used for a film, The Walking Stick (1970). In 1973, Cleo Laine wrote lyrics and recorded it as the song "He Was Beautiful" accompanied by Williams. The guitar version became a worldwide hit single when it was used as the theme tune to the Oscar-winning film The Deer Hunter (1978).

Discography

In the following list, compilations or re-editions are denoted by (C) after the album title.

1950s

  • 1958 Guitar Recital Volumes 1 & 2 (Delysé)

1960s

  • 1961 Folk Songs (with Wilfred Brown:Tenor) (L’Oiseau-Lyre)
  • 1961 A Spanish Guitar (Westminster)
  • 1963 Twenty Studies for Guitar (Westminster)
  • 1963 Jacqueline du Pré: Recital (EMI)
  • 1964 CBS [Columbia] Records Presents John Williams (CBS)
  • 1965 Virtuoso Music For Guitar (CBS)
  • 1965 Two Guitar Concertos (Rodrigo and Castelnuovo-Tedesco) (CBS)
  • 1967 More Virtuoso Music for Guitar (CBS)
  • 1968 Two Guitar Concertos (Rodrigo and Dodgson) (CBS)
  • 1968 Haydn and Paganini (CBS)
  • 1969 Virtuoso Variations for Guitar (CBS)
  • 1969 Concertos by Vivaldi and Giuliani (CBS)
  • 1969 Songs for Voice and Guitar (CBS)

1970s

  • 1970 John Williams Plays Spanish Music (CBS)
  • 1970 Webern: Complete Works (CBS/Philips)
  • 1971 Songs of Freedom – Theodorakis with Maria Farantouri (CBS)
  • 1971 The Raging Moon (EMI)
  • 1971 200 Motels (United Artists)
  • 1971 Changes (Cube Records, Fly Records in the UK)
  • 1971 Music for Guitar and Harpsichord (CBS)
  • 1972 Guitar Recital (I & II) (C) (Ace of Diamonds)
  • 1972 Together (a.k.a. Julian and John) (With Julian Bream) (RCA)
  • 1972 Gowers Chamber Concerto, Scarlatti Sonatas (CBS)
  • 1972 Previn and Ponce Concertos (CBS)
  • 1972 Greatest Hits-The Guitar (C) (Columbia)
  • 1972 John Williams Plays More Spanish Music and Other Favourites (C) (CBS)
  • 1973 Music from England, Japan, Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina and Mexico (CBS)
  • 1973 The Height Below (Cube Records)
  • 1974 Rhapsody (CBS)
  • 1974 Together Again (a.k.a. Julian and John 2) (With Julian Bream) (RCA)
  • 1974 Rodrigo & Villa-Lobos (CBS)
  • 1974 John Williams’ Greatest Hits (C) (CBS)
  • 1975 Bach: Complete Lute Music (CBS)
  • 1976 Best Friends (with Cleo Laine)(RCA)
  • 1976 Duos (CBS)
  • 1976 John Williams and Friends (CBS)
  • 1976 Villa-Lobos and Scarlatti (C) (CBS)
  • 1977 The Sly Cormorant Argo (Decca)
  • 1977 John Williams Plays Patrick Gowers (C) (CBS)
  • 1977 John Williams plays Spanish Favourites (C) (Decca)
  • 1977 John Williams plays Bach and Scarlatti (C) (Decca)
  • 1977 Guitar Recital (Double LP) (C) (Decca)
  • 1977 Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Arnold and Dodgson Concertos (CBS)
  • 1977 John Williams ~ Barrios (CBS)
  • 1977 Mermaid Frolics (Polydor)
  • 1978 Malcolm Arnold and Leo Brouwer Concertos (CBS)
  • 1978 Stevie (CBS)
  • 1978 John Williams Plays Paganini (C) (CBS)
  • 1978 John Williams Collection (C) (CBS)
  • 1978 Travelling (Cube Records)
  • 1978 Manuel Ponce (CBS)
  • 1979 John Williams plays Stephen Dodgson (C) (CBS)
  • 1979 Julian Bream & John Williams Live (RCA)
  • 1979 Recollections (C) (CBS)
  • 1979 Sky (Ariola)
  • 1979 The Secret Policeman’s Ball (Island)
  • 1979 The Deer Hunter (Capitol)
  • 1979 Cavatina(C) (Cube Records)
  • 1979 John Williams at His Best (C) (Neon)
  • 1979 Morning Sky (C) (Cube Records)
  • 1979 Bridges (C) (Lotus Music/K-Tel)
  • 1979 Spotlight on John Williams (2LP) (C) (Cube Records)