Roger Williams, known worldwide as “Mr. Piano,” was a virtuoso pianist whose sweeping, sparkling arpeggios, showy technique, and gentle easy listening arrangements made him one of the most popular pop instrumentalists. He blurred the boundaries between pop, jazz, and classical, creating a smooth, relaxing hybrid.
His hit, Autumn Leaves was the greatest selling piano recording of all time and the only piano instrumental recording in history to reach #1 on the Billboard charts.
Billboard magazine ranks Williams as the top-selling piano recording artist in history. He released over 125 albums with 38 hit albums and 22 hit singles, including Autumn Leaves, Born Free, Impossible Dream, Maria, Till, Almost Paradise, Near You, Lara’s Theme (Somewhere My Love), Nadia’s Theme, and Somewhere in Time (the movie soundtrack).
Proclaimed, “The Pianist to the Presidents,” having performed for nine commanders-in-chief at the White House, Williams was a powerful and charismatic performer and a brilliant improviser, who could effortlessly switch between musical styles and touch any audience from teenagers to senior citizens.
Autumn Leaves still stands as the greatest selling piano recording of all time and the only piano instrumental recording in history to reach #1 on the Billboard charts.
“Seven singles by Mr. Williams made it onto the Billboard Top 40, perhaps the best known of which — and the one that brought him stardom — was Autumn Leaves.”— NEW YORK TIMES
Discography & Chart Positions
Roger released over 125 albums and nearly 200 singles. CDs & DVDs are for sale on the music store link above, and many recordings are streamed online from these services.
Explore Roger’s albums and singles through these internet databases