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‘Everybody Plays the Fool’ Songwriter Ken Williams Dies at 83

Grammy award-winning songwriter Kenneth “Ken” Williams is no longer with us. The Everybody Plays the Fool singer passed away at the age of 83. Our hearts go out to the friends and family of the great artist. Continue reading further about the cause of his death.

The sad news of Ken’s death was shared by his wife Mary Seymour Williams

The legendary singer’s death was confirmed by his wife, the Broadway actress, and singer Mary Seymour Williams. As per the reports of The Associated Press, Ken passed away on June 17, 2022 at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, Long Island after a long battle with a disease.

It has been reported that the illness he was fighting was not related to Covid. Losing a loved one is never easy, it must be a difficult time for his closed ones. We lost an icon from the world.

When did Ken Williams step into the world of music?

Ken Williams was born on January 13, 1939, in Fernandina Beach, Florida. He joined the Air Force after completing high school. At that time, while stationed in Great Falls, MT, he created a group called The Chuck A Lucks.

Williams moved to New York City in the year 1959 and soon afterward he started writing for a local publishing company. He was a longtime resident of New York City. He founded his own production company, A Dish-A-Tunes in 1968. The company even won a Grammy in 2004 post their samples were included in the song You Don’t Know My Name, which was recorded by Alicia Keys and produced by Kanye West.

Ken was most noted for his 1972 hit song Everybody Plays the Fool. He co-wrote the classic R&B song with Rudy Clark and J.R. Bailey. The blockbuster single was recorded by the Main Ingredient, with lead vocals by Cuba Gooding Sr., the father of actor Cuba Gooding Jr. The song was very well received by the fans and the critics as well. It made its way to No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the year.

Kenneth was a prolific songwriter, record producer, arranger, and singer throughout his 60-year-long career. He co-wrote more than 500 songs including the big hit Everybody Plays The Fool.

Ken gave us some of the greatest tracks of all time

Some of Williams’ greatest songs are as follows: Let Me Prove My Love to You by the Main Ingredient, I Can’t See Me Without You by the Impalas, Love, Love, Love performed by Donny Hathaway, Only When You’re Lonely by Holly Maxwell, Keep on Holding on by Margaret Reynolds, Seven Lonely Nights by Four Tops, and Hoping You Will Come Back by Sandra Phillips.

According to the reports of Deadline, many of his tracks have been sampled by some A-listers from the world of music including Alicia Keys and Lil Wayne. The genre of Ken’s songs included blues, jazz, and classical to dance, R&B, country, and pop.

We send our deepest condolences to the close friends and family of Ken Williams during this hard time. Don’t forget to stay tuned with us for the latest updates from the world.

Meenal Mehta
Hi, I am Meenal. I'm a travel enthusiast, a movie buff and a cricket fan all wrapped in one. I love to capture moments through my words. Writing is my happy space, it has been a great way of putting all my thoughts out and feel liberated.


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