Born in Cordele, Georgia in 1918 – Died in Las Vegas in 1999
the singer for Count Basie’s Orchestra in 1954. He remained with Basie for several years, and scored his biggest hit record with "Everyday I Have the Blues." Another Basie hit was "All Right, OK, You Win."
Bill Cosby cast Williams as his father-in-law "Grandpa Al" Hanks in a recurring role on the 1980s sit-com The Cosby Show. Williams enjoyed a successful career and worked regularly until his death at age 80 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
1983 Given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Honored at 6508 Hollywood Blvd.
next to Count Basie
1995 Inducted to the Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame
Grammy Award winner