*What a really tragic story.
Thirty year-old boxer Paul Williams has been left paralyzed after a motorcycle accident near Atlanta this weekend, according to his manager.
George Peterson, who manages Williams, said the fighter has no feeling below his waist.
“From the waist down, he has absolutely no movement. He’s in very good spirits, though,” Peterson told The Associated Press from his home in Aiken, S.C. “He still believes he’s going to fight again.”
Peterson said the accident occurred on Sunday morning when Williams swerved to avoid making contact with a vehicle and lost control of the motorcycle. He was estimated to be going about 75 miles per hour. Williams had been in Marietta, Ga., for his brother’s wedding, and the accident occurred on the way home from the bachelor party.
Williams is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday to stabilize his spinal column. Peterson added that “in terms of [Williams] walking again … that will never happen,” but the fighter does have full use of his upper body.
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*Kenneth Williams went to prison for strangling his great-aunt with a telephone cord in 1989, the same year his father was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Before entering prison, the younger Williams asked his sister to save his share of royalty checks he inherited from his dad, Paul Williams, one of the original members of the Temptations, the superstar Motown group known for the hits “My Girl,” “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg” and “Papa Was a Rollin’ Stone.”
“I figured I was well off,” Kenneth Williams, 49, told The Detroit News.
The Redford Township man was released from prison in July after serving more than 20 years and discovered the money – estimated at more than $200,000 – was gone. His sister, Paula Williams, spent it, according to a complaint he filed against her in federal court in Detroit.
The accusation serves as another sad footnote to the legacy of Motown legend Paul Williams, the baritone singer who choreographed the group’s stylish dance moves, and who died in 1973 under murky circumstances. And it is the latest in a long line of fights over one of the most consistently lucrative commodities to come out of Detroit in 51 years: Motown royalties.
The accusations add a new layer of drama to one of the most successful, and tragic, acts in the Motown Records stable. It is a stable filled with stars whose success and tragedies – including premature deaths, murder, drug addiction and legal woes – have inspired Broadway musicals, TV movies and reams of tell-all books.
Read/learn more at The Detroit News.
*Quincy Jones, Bill Withers and John Mayer will headline performing rights group ASCAP’s annual songwriters convention in Hollywood on April 22-24, organizers announced.
The artists will speak about their craft during Q&A sessions at the fifth annual “I Create Music” Expo, which returns to the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel, according to Reuters.
A preliminary lineup of panelists this year includes jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi songwriter Desmond Child, Prince protegees Wendy & Lisa, country star Phil Vassar, and ASCAP’s Oscar-winning president Paul Williams.
Last year’s event, which featured performers Jeff Lynne, Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart and Chaka Khan, drew more than 2,400 attendees.