Listen to Autumn Leaves:


Roger Williams was a virtuoso pianist whose hit, Autumn Leaves was the greatest selling piano recording of all time and the only instrumental recording to reach number one on the Billboard charts, with more than 2 million sold. Roger Williams received 21 gold and platinum albums, including his hits Autumn Leaves, Born Free, Impossible DreamMaria, Till, Lara’s Theme (Somewhere My Love), Nadia’s Theme, and the movie soundtrack for Somewhere in Time.

Nick-names “Mr. Piano,” Williams was proclaimed “The Pianist to the Presidents,” having performed for nine commander-in-chiefs at the White House. Known as an electrical performer and an adept improvisor, Williams effortlessly switched between musical styles and could touch any audience, from teenagers to senior citizens.

Williams is photographed above at his gold Steinway, “The Roger Williams Limited Edition Gold Piano,” which is the only piano series Steinway & Sons has designed to honor a pianist. Lyrics to the first verse of Autumn Leaves decorates the piano’s gold perimeter and falling autumn leaves appear between each line of the verse. Inside is an exquisite custom-painted landscape reflecting the brilliant colors and hues of autumn foliage. Williams was a “Steinway Artist” and the first pianist to be honored by Steinway with their “Steinway Lifetime Achievement Award.”

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