1918 – Born on the 12th of December in Cordele, Georgia.
1930 – A member of ‘The Jubilee Boys” and performed in Chicago churches.
1931-1940 – He worked as a singer and bouncer Chicago
1943 – He was hired by the Lionel Hampton Orchestra. He toured with Hampton for several years but never achieved breakthrough success.
1954 – He rose to national prominence as the singer for Count Basie’s Orchestra. He remained with Basie for several years. "Everyday I have the Blues" is his biggest hit.
1980 – Bill Cosby cast Williams as his father-in-law "Grandpa Al" Hanks in a recurring role on the sit-com The Cosby Show.
1999 – On the 29th of March, he died at the age of 80.