Paul Williams — who played Little Enos in “Smokey and the Bandit,” appeared on “The Love Boat” and wrote “The Rainbow Connection” for the Muppets — is Omaha's connection to the Grammy Awards.
Williams, 72, is an Omaha native and now the president of the music royalties and rights group ASCAP. He's also nominated for a Grammy for writing and performing on Daft Punk's much-acclaimed platinum album, “Random Access Memories.”
“They got in touch with me three or four years ago. We started talking about the album and what the concept would be. They gave me two beautiful melodies, and I took them home and wrote lyrics to them. I wrote 'Touch' and I wrote 'Beyond.' Then they went off and cut tracks and asked me to sing 'Touch,' ” Williams told The World-Herald. “They then came back and played this amazing record for me. It just totally blew me away.”
Williams, who moved away from Omaha when he was young, is nominated with 17 other performers, producers and engineers for Album of the Year.