Edward Ruscha
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Robert Redford
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Ken Kesey

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Mason Williams

Knowledge Identifier: +Mason_Williams


Mason Williams

American guitarist and composer, best known for his instrumental Classical Gas add

Category: Music

Born in 1938.

Countries: United States (67%), Oregon (13%), (10%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Oregon, Edward Ruscha, CBS

Linked to: Northwest Classen High School, American Broadcasting Company, Broadcast Music Incorporated, Norton Simon Museum




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Mason Williams was born in 1938 add something


Classical guitar - The classical guitar became widely used in popular music and rock & roll in the 1960s after guitarist Mason Williams popularized the instrument in his instrumental hit Classical Gas


Jim Gordon (musician) - The protégé of studio drummer Hal Blaine, Gordon performed on many notable recordings in the 1960s, including "Pet Sounds" by The Beach Boys , "Gene Clark with the Gosdin Brothers" by Gene Clark , "The Notorious Byrd Brothers" by The Byrds and the hit "Classical Gas" by Mason Williams


Military Service: U.S. Navy, 1961-63 add something


"'Mason Douglas Williams"' was born in Abilene,_Texas; son of Jackson Eugene and Kathlyn Williams; married Sheila Ann Massey, April 22, 1961 ; children: Kathryn Michelle add something


In 1964, Vee-Jay Records released "Them Poems", a record album on which Williams entertains a live audience with "them poems about them people", covering such varied topics as "Them Moose Goosers", "Them Sand Pickers" and "Them Surf Serfs" add something


Steve Martin - In 1967, his former girlfriend Nina Goldblatt, a dancer on "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour", helped Martin land a writing job with the show by submitting his work to head writer Mason Williams


However, this did not stop him from trying out his idea on the air in 1968, when his composition "Classical Gas" was played on "The Summer Smothers Brothers Show" against a backdrop of 2,500 art pieces, which effectively made the composition one of the first music videos add something


In 1968 Williams won three Grammy awards for his guitar instrumental "Classical Gas" add something


It was on the "Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" that he created and perpetuated the 1968 "Pat Paulsen for President" campaign, an elaborate political satire add something


The LP cover for the 1968 'Music' was painted by Edward Ruscha add something


The album, titled "Classical Gas", included a remake of the 1968 song add something


Together with Nancy Ames he wrote "Cinderella Rockefella", a 1968 number one hit for Esther and Abi Ofarim in the United Kingdom add something


In 1970, Williams made a television appearance on a variety show, "Just Friends", which reunited regulars of "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" add something


In 1980, Williams briefly served as head writer for NBC's "Saturday Night Live", but left after clashing with producer Jean Doumanian add something


In 1984 Williams released an album, "Of Time & Rivers Flowing", on his own Skookum label, containing 14 of the approximately 35 songs performed in the concert add something


In 1987, Williams teamed up with Mannheim Steamroller to release a new album on the American Gramaphone label add something


Another cut from this album, "Country Idyll", was a 1988 nominee for a Grammy in the country music category for "Best Instrumental Performance by a Soloist, Group or Orchestra" add something


In 1988, Williams received his third Emmy nomination as a comedy writer for his work on "The Smothers Brothers 20th Reunion Special" on CBS. According to his book, "The Mason Williams FCC Rapport", Williams credits himself with the first concept of a VJ and for MTV add something


" Orlando, Fla.: Sep 24, 1989. pF1 add something


In the 1990s he performed with the Eugene Symphony with friend Ken Kesey add something


The album went gold in 1991 add something


In 1993, the title cut from the album was used as the soundtrack for a ninety-second public service announcement created by The American Rivers Council on the home video release of Robert Redford's film "A River Runs Through It" add something


In 1994, he played six sold-out concerts with the Oregon Symphony in Portland, Oregon add something


Married Katherine Elizabeth Kahn in February, 1994, after first planning to marry in 1971; divorced after ten years add something


In 1995, Williams was invited to play for Oregon governor John Kitzhaber's inauguration and in 1996, Williams received an honorary Doctorate of Music from his alma mater, Oklahoma City University add something


The PSA was on the 1995 home video release of "The River Wild" add something


In 1998, BMI, the performance rights organization that tracks air play performances on radio and television, presented Williams with a Special Citation of Achievement in recognition of the great national and international popularity of "Classical Gas" add something


Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival - In the fall of 1999, he and the Bluegrass Band played for Byron Berline's Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival in Guthrie, Oklahoma with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic add something


In 1999, Williams played again for the governor of Oregon's second inauguration add something


In February 2000, Williams participated in the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado add something


" Documentary film by Maureen Muldaur, 2002 add something


In 2003, Williams released an EP, "Music for the Epicurean Harkener", and was again nominated for a Grammy in 2004 for best instrumental album add something


In 2005, he collaborated with UK guitarist Zoe McCulloch on the album "Electrical Gas" add something


In June 2006, Williams performed at his 50th high school reunion at Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City add something


In January 2007, he was reunited with longtime friend and artist Edward Ruscha, performing at the Getty Center in Los Angeles add something


In October 2007, he was inducted into the Oregon Music Hall of Fame add something


By 2008, the song logged over six million broadcast performances, to become the all-time number-one instrumental composition for air play in BMI's repertoire add something


He lived for a time in Oakridge, and as of 2008 he lived in Eugene, Oregon with his Canadian-born wife Karen who is an attorney add something


Lawrence Weiner - On the occasion of the Drawing Center's 2012 Spring Gala, where Weiner was being honored for his contributions to contemporary art, fellow artist Ed Ruscha and Mason Williams created a three-minute tribute in the form of a parody of Bob Dylan's legendary music video for "Subterranean Homesick Blues" with placards featuring Weiner text pieces like "stars don't stand still in the sky" and "water in milk exists