How to get rid of the #WalterWilliams name
Posted On July 24, 2021
This article first appeared on Business Insider.
Walter Williams, the singer-songwriter best known for his hit song “Barely Legal” and “Lazy Town,” has died at the age of 86.
Williams, whose real name was Walter James Williams, was a Grammy-winning composer, arranger and record producer who lived for decades in Southern California.
He made his first appearance in 1967 with the release of “The Little Sister,” an instrumental version of “Willy Wonka & Co.”
He also contributed a song to the 1966 Disney film “A Christmas Carol.”
Williams began performing live in the 1970s with the group Lobo.
In 2015, he died at age 86.
He was known for writing such hits as “Barry Lyndon,” “Hip Hop Lover” and the song “Coffee Shop Girl.”
Williams, who died on Wednesday, is remembered for his songwriting prowess, which included hits like “Little Sister,” “Mystery Train,” “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” and, of course, “Benny Goes to Washington.”
Williams was a major influence on hip-hop, and he often referred to his influences in his music.
Williams wrote several hit songs and a few hit singles during his lifetime, including “Lobo” and a cover of “Hallelujah.”