Milan Williams

Musician, Composer

1948 – 2006

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Who was Milan Williams?

Milan B. Williams was an American keyboardist and a founding member of the Commodores band.

Williams was born in Okolona, Mississippi and began playing the piano after being inspired by his older brother Earl, who was a multi-instrumentalist. Williams's first band was called The Jays, after they disbanded he met the other founding members of the Commodores in 1967. They were freshmen at Tuskegee Institute, Alabama and Williams was recruited into the newly formed band. In 1969 he traveled with the band to New York City, where they recorded a single called "Keep on Dancing" on Atlantic Records.

Williams also wrote the Commodores first hit record the instrumental track, "Machine Gun". Other Commodores songs penned by him are; "The Bump", "Rapid Fire", "I'm Ready", "Better Never Than Forever", "Mary Mary", "Quick Draw", "Patch It Up", "X-Rated Movie", "Wonderland", "Old-Fashion Love", "Only You", "You Don't Know That I Know", "Let's Get Started" and "Brick House".

He left the Commodores in 1989, allegedly after refusing to perform with them in South Africa.

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Born
Mar 28, 1948
Okolona
Also known as
  • Milan B Williams
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Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Tuskegee University
Lived in
  • Mississippi
  • Texas
Died
Jul 9, 2006
Houston

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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