Roger Williams – Legendary American Popular Music Pianist

Roger Williams, nicknamed, “Mr. Piano”, began his career in 1955 when he recorded the only piano instrumental to ever have reached #1 on the Billboard singles charts – Autumn Leaves. His version became an American classic and still stands as the greatest selling piano recording of all time. Roger continued to sell millions with his hits including Born Free, The Impossible Dream, Till, Almost Paradise, Maria, Lara’s Theme, Somewhere In Time, and Nadia’s Theme.

He knew 10,000 songs by heart and had an astounding 21 gold and platinum records. He was the first pianist to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and also earned the title of “Pianist of the Presidents”, having played in the White House for nine presidents from Truman to Bush.

A Steinway Artist, Roger was the first to receive the Steinway Lifetime Achievement Award and was featured in Steinway’s 150th Anniversary at Carnegie Hall. He is still the only artist for which Steinway designed a custom limited edition piano, which he used on tour and at his annual piano marathons.

Reader’s Digest puts it this way, ‘Roger Williams is undeniably one of the greatest pianist of the Twentieth Century. His illustrious career in music is unparalleled.’

This year we commemorate the 50 Year Anniversary of ‘Born Free’ winning the Oscar, ‘Best Original Music Score’.

Watch this live performance of Roger Williams playing his hit single, ‘Born Free’ at the 1967 Oscar Ceremony.