Wednesday 8/24/22 11am ET: Feature Artist / Feature LP: Mason Williams – The Mason Williams Phonograph Record (1968)

Mason Douglas Williams (born August 24, 1938) is an American classical guitarist, composer, singer, writer, comedian, and poet, best known for his 1968 instrumental “Classical Gas” and for his work as a comedy writer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour, and Saturday Night Live.

The Mason Williams Phonograph Record is an album by classical guitarist and composer Mason Williams (with various accompaniment) released in February 1968. It is Williams’s most successful and most recognized album, and contains the instrumental “Classical Gas,” his best known song. Mason Williams won two Grammy awards, for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Instrumental Theme, and Mike Post won Best Instrumental Arrangement on the song. In Canada, the album reached #16.

  1. “Overture” 1:49
  2. “All the Time” 2:40
  3. “Dylan Thomas” 0:29
  4. “Wanderlove” 3:22
  5. “She’s Gone Away” 2:15
  6. “Here Am I” 4:06
  7. “Classical Gas” 3:06
  8. “Long Time Blues” 3:35
  9. “Baroque-a-Nova” 2:20
  10. “The Prince’s Panties” 1:40
  11. “Life Song” 0:27
  12. “Sunflower” 3:43

Mason Williams – main performer and composer, guitar
Carl Fortina – accordion
Bob West, Lawrence Knechtel, and Lyle Ritz – bass
Armand Kaproff, Jerome Kessler, Jesse Ehrlich, and Joe DiTullio – cello
Lyle Ritz – double bass
James Beck Gordon – drums
David Duke and William Hinshaw – French horn, tuben
Alvin Casey, David Cohen, James Burton, and Michael Deasy – guitar
Gail Levant – harp
Gary L. Coleman and Gene Estes – percussion
Lawrence Knechtel and Michael Melvoin – piano
Richard J. Hyde, Hoyt Bohannon, Lew McCreary, and Richard Leith – trombone
David Burk, Emanuel Moss, George Kast, Harry Bluestone, Israel Baker, Jack Gootkin, Jimmy Getzoff, Jerry Reisler, John Vidor, Ralph Schaeffer, Robert Korda, Robert Sushel, Sidney Sharp, Stan Plummer, Tibor Zelig, and William Kurasch – violin
Jim Horn and Tommy Scott – woodwind