Death of Roger Williams

October 1, 1924 - October 8, 2011
Los Angeles, California | Age 87

Famed pianist dies at 87
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CHRISTOPHER WEBER, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Roger Williams, the virtuoso pianist who topped the Billboard pop chart in the 1950s and played for nine U.S. presidents during a long career, died Saturday. He was 87.

Williams died at his home in Los Angeles of complications from pancreatic cancer, according to his former publicist, Rob Wilcox.

Known as an electrifying stage performer and an adept improviser, Williams effortlessly switched between musical...

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