Old Friends … Paul Williams and Jack Jones

31 Aug

That’s What Friends are For – Written by Paul Williams
– Sung by Jack Jones

After (literally) years of searching I was finally able to get this song:
That’s What Friends are For
written by Paul Williams and sung by Jack Jones.

A brilliant and beautiful song and a truly inspired interpretation by Jack Jones.

Jack Jones

Jack … still singing … a true artist.

John Allan Jones
(born January 14, 1938),
known by his stage name Jack Jones, is an American jazz and pop singer, popular during the 1960s. Jones was primarily a straight pop singer (even when he recorded contemporary material) whose ventures in the direction of jazz were mostly of the big band/swing variety. Jones won two Grammy Awards. He continues to perform concerts around the world and remains popular in Las Vegas. Jones is widely known for his recordings of “Wives and Lovers” (1964 Grammy Award, Best Pop Male Performance), “The Race Is On”, “Lollipops and Roses” (1962, Grammy Award, Best Pop Male Performance), “The Impossible Dream”, “Call Me Irresponsible”, “Lady”,
and “The Love Boat Theme”.
He is also the voice of Greg’s frog in the cartoon network miniseries Over The Garden Wall (2014).

That’s What Friends are For is on Jack’s 1974 album Harbour:

Jack Jones Harbour 1974

I don’t know much about what ever else is on that album, but
if it’s half as good as this, it’s great stuff.

Paul Williams

Thanks Paul

Paul Hamilton Williams, Jr.
(born September 19, 1940) is an American composer, singer-songwriter, and actor.
He is perhaps best known for popular songs performed by a number of acts in the 1970s including Three Dog Night’s rendition of “An Old Fashioned Love Song”, Helen Reddy’s “You and Me Against the World”, David Bowie’s “Fill Your Heart”, and the Carpenters’ “We’ve Only Just Begun” and “Rainy Days and Mondays”, as well as his contributions to films, such as writing the lyrics to the #1 chart-topping “Evergreen”, the love theme from A Star Is Born, starring Barbra Streisand, for which he won a Grammy for Song of the Year and an Academy Award for Best Original Song; and “Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie. He also wrote the lyrics to the opening theme for The Love Boat, with music previously composed by Charles Fox,
which was originally sung by Jack Jones, and later, by Dionne Warwick.

He has also had a variety of high-profile acting roles such as Little Enos Burdette in the 1977 action-comedy Smokey and the Bandit, and as the villainous Swan in Brian De Palma’s Phantom of the Paradise (which Williams also co-scored, receiving an Oscar nomination in the process), as well as television, theater, and voice-over work for animation.

Paul Williams and Barbra Steisand

Paul with the Legendary Barbra Steisand


If Paul or Jack had never done anything else but this song
that would still be enough for me.

6 Responses to “Old Friends … Paul Williams and Jack Jones”

  1. Marilyn Armstrong August 31, 2015 at 4:04 pm #

    At least I don’t have to work hard to remember these people and the songs. I actually know what you are talking about. Imagine that 🙂


    • jcalberta August 31, 2015 at 11:48 pm #

      It’s sad that much of this is going completely unknown by today’s generation.


  2. Rick August 31, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

    Paul Williams is a renaissance man.


    • jcalberta August 31, 2015 at 11:46 pm #

      You’re right. Quite a guy. I doubt that most folks are aware of all he did.


  3. Gary Good May 18, 2016 at 11:06 am #

    One of my favorite songs written by Paul Williams … and I agree – out of all the versions I’ve heard, Jack Jones nails it!


    • jcalberta May 18, 2016 at 3:11 pm #

      It’s an inspired interpretation to be sure by friend. Thank you.


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