Billy Williams (singer)
Song Lyric Tells Story Of Singer "It's remarkable how a 32 - bar song lyric can reflect a whole lifetime," says tenor Billy Williams. The song he refers to is "That's Life," which Williams and his quartet performed on "The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special, Wednesday night. The color presentation was on the CBS - TV Network. The lyrics describe a philosophical philosophical attitude which enables enables one to bounce back from life's vicissitudes. Billy Williams, with more than his share of problems, has lived up to the theme. In spite of his ups and downs, his appearance and talent remain almost unchanged unchanged from the swinging thirties, when he and his original original group, The Charioteers, were featured on Olsen and Johnson's "Hellzapoppin'." This was the heyday of the small vocal group, when the attention of music aficionados was held by the Inkspots, the Mills Brothers, the Delta Rhythm Rhythm Boys, the Cats and a Fiddles, and the clear, high tenor voice of Billy Williams, which caused fans to swoon with his recording of "So Long." Unfortunately, The Charioteers Charioteers broke up at the height of their popularity but Williams Williams bounced back with the Billy Williams Quartet. This group made its initial appearance on Sid Caesar'? "Your Show of Shows." They created a sensation and were ; N I 8 3 it is; i' t y j x r f? - MOIE SCENE - Brock Peters (left) and co - star George Peppard in a scene from Universalis "Criss Cross," in which Peters is cast as a Bahamian chief of police and Peppard as a private eye. invited to remain, becoming a regular feature through the life of the show. During this time the group made a hit recording of Fats Waller's old tune. "I'm Going to Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter." With the demise of "Your Show of Shows," Williams, at loost ends, decided to put together together a complete show package package of dancers, singers, musicians musicians and comedians. This ensemble called The Biiiy Williams Revue, toured the United States, Canada and the Caribbean. '" - 4 rVH V1 A few years of managing the complex affairs of such a large group proved to be too much. The revue dissolved dissolved in Florida when Williams' Williams' health colhipsod. After being ill for several years at his home in Chicago, he made a .tentative return to show business with several local television appearances in that city. His reunion with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca on their special marked his first network network appearance since ttie old "Show of Shows."