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"Everyone plays a fool" Songwriter Ken Williams dies at the age of 83

Grammy-winning songwriter Kenneth "Ken" Williams, most famous for writing the 1972 hit "Everybody Plays the Fool," died at the age of 83. ..

The death of the iconic song writer was confirmed by his wife, Broadway actress and singer Mary Seymour Williams,Associated Press reported.

Williams reportedly died on June 17 at the North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, after a long battle with non-COVID-related illnesses.

Born January 13, 1939 in Fernandina Beach, Florida, he has lived in New York City for many years and is probably best known for R&B's masterpiece "Everybody Plays the Fool". .. He worked with Rudy Clark and JR Bailey. was famously recorded by The Main Ingredient with the lead vocal of Cuba Gooding Sr., the father of actor Cuba Gooding Jr. The hit song quickly became the band's most successful single, finishing third on Billboard's Hot 100. 1972.

"Everybody Plays the Fool" is certainly Williams' most famous song, but prolific artists wrote and collaborated. I wrote over 500 songs in the course of his famous 60-year career. Williams' biggest hits include Donnie Hathaway's "Love, Love, Love", Impallas's "I Can't See Me Without You", and the main ingredient "Let You Prove My Love". "Please", "Only you are Holly Maxwell's" re Lonely ", Four Tops'"Seven Lonely Nights ", Margaret Reynolds'"Keep on Holding on ", Sandra Phillips's" Hoping You Will Come Back ". Meanwhile, his track was sampled by music superstars from Alicia Keys to Lil’Wayne,Deadline reported.

Williams music company ADish-A-Tunes LLC Publishing — founded in 1968 — was established in 2004 after a sample was included in the song “You Don't Know My Name”. Won the Grammy Award. Recorded by Keys and created by Kanye West.

Williamssurvived by his wife. His sister, Dorothy Jones. Sons Kenny Williams Jr., Kevin D. Williams, Calvin Williams. And his daughter, Cheryl Nicholson. He also has a stepchild, Kenny J. Seymour, and grandchildren and great-grandchildren.