Chanteur Country US né le 24 Juillet 1922 à Troy (Tennessee). Lawton Williams est décédé le 26 Juillet 2007 à Fort Worth (Texas).

Songwriter Lawton Williams remains best remembered for Bobby Helms' "Fraulein," a crossover smash that topped the country charts in the spring of 1957. Born July 24, 1922, in Troy, TN, Williams was the son of a sharecropper who moonlighted as a fiddle player with local string bands. A devout fan of radio's Grand Ole Opry, he worshiped Roy Acuff and Gene Autry, and as a teen taught himself guitar. While stationed in Houston during World War II, Williams befriended country singer Floyd Tillman, whose insight and advice were instrumental in nurturing his latent songwriting skills. Williams also began performing, and in the late '40s cut a handful of little-noticed singles for labels including Sultan and Fortune. He spent much of the decade to follow co-starring on Dallas radio station KRLD's legendary Big D Jamboree, with unheralded stints on labels including Four Star, Coral, and Imperial. "Fraulein," written following Williams' ill-fated engagement to "a little blonde-headed German girl that [he] had met during World War II," not only launched his career but rocketed Helms to national stardom, topping the country charts for four consecutive weeks and earning Country Song of the Year honors at the 1957 Billboard and Cashbox Awards.
A sequel, "Geisha Girl," hit number four for Hank Locklin, and in 1958 "Color of the Blues" proved a huge hit for co-writer George Jones. Williams also continued recording as a solo act, signing to the Fort Worth-based Le Bill label for 1960's "Mama Doll." His straightforward, defiantly traditional country approach fared poorly in the post-rockabilly era, however, and outside of the 1963 novelty "Everything's OK on the LBJ," cut during a brief tenure with RCA Victor, he remained a stranger to radio. Williams' songs continued enjoying success via other artists, however, and in 1962 Bobby Bare scored with "Shame on Me," followed a year later by Jim Reeves' "Señor Santa Claus" — other compositions of note include Gene Watson's "Farewell Party" and Locklin's "Paper Face." In the autumn of his life, Williams founded his own label, TIMA, and in 2003 issued the LP Mending Fences. He also reunited with Tillman to record the classic "It Just Tears Me Up" for the Tillman tribute LP The Influence. Williams died of respiratory illness on July 26, 2007, just two days after his 85th birthday.

Talents : Singer, Guitar, Songwriter

Style musical : Traditional Country, Western Swing, Country-Pop

Tennessee Avenue (1949) (Slim Williams)

Kentucky Highway (1950) (Slim Williams)

If You're Waitin' On Me (1958) (Lawton Williams)

Texas vs Alaska (1958) (Lawton Williams)

MAMA DOLL (1960) (Lawton Williams)

Years in activity :

1910 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 2000

DISCOGRAPHY

78 t. & Singles

1947 78 t. SULTAN 5000 (US) Lawton WILLIAMS - Firewater / Have Mercy On me
1949 78 t. FORTUNE 116 (US) Slim WILLIAMS with The SONS OF PRAIRIE - Tennessee Avenue / Paper Face
1950 78 t. & SP FORTUNE 132 (US) Slim WILLIAMS - Throwing Kisses / Reckon As How I Love You
04/1950 78 t. & SP FORTUNE 140 (US) Slim WILLIAMS - Kentucky Highway / Alone At A Table For Two
07/1950 78 t. 4 STAR 1509 (US) Slim WILLIAMS - Just A Minute Ago / No Wonder
07/1950 SP 4 STAR 45-1509 (US) Slim WILLIAMS - Just A Minute Ago / No Wonder
09/1950 78 t. 4 STAR 1534 (US) Slim WILLIAMS - Dying Before My Time / What Am I Supposed To Say
09/1950 SP 4 STAR 45-1534 (US) Slim WILLIAMS - Dying Before My Time / What Am I Supposed To Say
07/1951 78 t. CORAL 64099 (US) Slim WILLIAMS - Everlasting Love / Lovin‘ Overtime 
07/1951 SP CORAL 9-64099 (US)

Slim WILLIAMS - Everlasting Love / Lovin‘ Overtime 

12/1951 78 t. CORAL 64111 (US) Slim WILLIAMS - Halfway To Heaven / That’s All You Gotta Do
12/1951 SP CORAL 9-64111 (US)

Slim WILLIAMS - Halfway To Heaven / That’s All You Gotta Do

03/1952 78 t. CORAL 64121 (US) Slim WILLIAMS - Away / Out Running Around
03/1952 SP CORAL 9-64121 (US)

Slim WILLIAMS - Away / Out Running Around

07/1952 78 t. CORAL 64137 (US) Slim WILLIAMS - Yoke Of Oxen / Dusting Off Your Love Letters
07/1952 SP CORAL 9-64137 (US)

Slim WILLIAMS - Yoke Of Oxen / Dusting Off Your Love Letters

1953 78 t. IMPERIAL 8171 (US) Ed LAWTON - Then You‘ll Know / Have Mercy On Me
1953 SP IMPERIAL 45-8171 (US)

Ed LAWTON - Then You‘ll Know / Have Mercy On Me

05/1953 78 t. IMPERIAL 8194 (US) Slim WILLIAMS -  - Once Before / Have Mercy On Me
05/1953 SP IMPERIAL 45-8194 (US)

Slim WILLIAMS -  - Once Before / Have Mercy On Me

12/1957 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-7105 (US) Don't Burn The Bridge Behind You / Foreign Love
12/1957 SP RCA VICTOR 47-7105 (US) Don't Burn The Bridge Behind You / Foreign Love
02/1958 78 t. RCA VICTOR 20-7188 (US) If You're Waitin' On Me / The Casino On The Hill
02/1958 SP RCA VICTOR 47-7188 (US) If You're Waitin' On Me / The Casino On The Hill
07/1958 SP DECCA 9-30709 (US) Texas vs Alaska / Don't Let Anybody Tell You
02/1959 SP DECCA 9-30839 (US) Iron Curtain / House Full Of Love
07/1959 SP RCA VICTOR 47-7580 (US) Lightning Jones / Moon Joe
01/1960 SP D 1120 (US) I Don't Care Who Knows / Satan's Bell
06/1960 SP LE BILL 304 (US) Mama Doll / Farewell Party
09/1960 SP ALLSTAR 7212-45 (US) Mama Doll / Farewell Party
02/1961 SP MERCURY 71780 (US) John And Mary Doe / The Big Fire
08/1961 SP MERCURY 71867 (US)

Anywhere There's People / Plowed Ground

09/1962 SP GROOVE 58-0011 (US) Mama Pinch A Penny / Carpetbaggers
1962 SP Longhorn LO 520 (US)

Shame On Me / Lucky Heart

1962 SP KING 45-5626 (US) Shame On Me / Lucky Heart
02/1963 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8142 (US) Rock Of Gibraltar / Don't Destroy Me
06/1963 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8203 (US)

Mountain Of A Man / In Love With You

01/1964 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8300 (US) Squawlein / It Looks Like You Love Me
04/1964 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8359 (US) Stay On The Ball / I'm Not All Here
08/1964 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8407 (US)

Everything's O.K. On The LBJ / Don't Look Down

02/1965 SP RCA VICTOR 47-8514 (US) War On Poverty / Power Of Love
03/1969 SP RCA VICTOR 74-0109 (US)

Everything's O.K. On The LBJ, Part 2 / I'm Not All Here

1970 SP PLANTATION PL-56 (US)

The Preacher And The Movie / Ain't That Bad About Mrs. Jones

10/1970 SP PLANTATION PL-64 (US)

Ballad Of Morgan / Ain't That Bad About Mrs. Jones

07/1971 SP MEGA 615-0035 (US) Asphalt Cowboy / Cold, Cold Hands
08/1972 SP DISCUS 912 (US)

Don't Play Angel With Me / McNairy County Sheriff

1978 SP MOCKINGBIRD 101 (US)

Mockingbird Mansion / Drive Me Home

1978 SP MOCKINGBIRD 101 (US)

Mockingbird Mansion / The Last Trumpet

1978 ? SP CADDO 1118 (US)

The Last Trumpet / Neon Nights

198? SP X X-101 (US)

Golden Cigarette Lighter / Every Little Bit Hurts



















Albums

04/1971 LP 12" Mega M31-1004 (US)

Between Truck Stops - Cold, Cold Hands / Asphalt Cowboy / Ballad Of Jim Blynn / Headin' Down The Wrong Highway / Tennessee Border / I'd Rather Drive A Truck / Sybil Writes / Highway To Nowhere / Truck Driver's Blues / Big Wheel Cannonball

1985 LP 12" BEAR FAMILY BFX 15178 (GER) LIGHTNING JONES - Blue Grass Skirt / Foreign Love / I'll Still Love You / Casino On The Hill / Train Of Thought / If You're Waiting On Me / Don't Burn The Bridge Behind You / Rhinelander Waltz / Moon Joe / Lightning Jones / Carpetbaggers / Squawlein / Stay On The Ball / Mama Pinch A Penny / Everything's OK On The L.B.J., Pts. 1 & 2
10/2005 CD TIMA ? (US) MENDING FENCES - Mending Fences / The Last Trumpet / Lord, Forgive / The Mcnairy Country Sheriff / Golden Cigarette Lighter / The Sun's Gonna Shine Again / Neon Nights / Adam And Everett / World / Don't Play Angel With Me / Every Little Bit Hurts / Mockingbird Mansion
2013 CD BACM CD D 420 (UK)

Slim Pickings - Lawton "Slim" WILLIAMS - Tennessee Avenue / Paper Face / Throwing Kisses / Reckon As How I Love You / Kentucky Highway / Alone At A Table For Two / Just A Minute Ago / Dying Before My Time / No Wonder / What Am I Supposed To Say / Half Way To Heaven / Everlatsing Love / That’s All You Gotta Do / Lovin‘ Overtime / Away / Dusting Off Your Love Letters / Out Running Around / Yoke Of Oxen / Once Before / Then You‘ll Know / Emergency Call / Have Mercy On Me / There’s Only One Heaven / I Don't Care Who Knows / Satan's Bell / Mama Doll / Farewell Party 

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