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What do we know about Esther Williams -- John's mom?


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48 minutes ago, Thor said:

 

Actually, you're not that far off. Early on in his career, he used other versions of the name to delineate himself from another jazz pianist at the time called John Williams, and obviously his own father. His first credit on M SQUAD, for example, reads John T. Williams Jr. (of all things), and we all know his first studio album, where there's no "Williams" in sight!:

 

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Interesting journey from here:

to there:

 

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I'm reading some new information now, that Esther passed away in 1984 (one year prior to John sr.) due to breast cancer. But take it with a grain of salt. If memory serves, there are quotes from Williams himself that suggest she lived to the aforementioned year of 2006 (I've lost the quotes; I'll refind them at some point).

 

In any case, it's interesting to note these new pieces of information. For example, I now know that both of Willams' grandmothers were of Irish descent (Ada Hennessey and Helen O'Reilly Williams, respectively), so that gives a whole new perspective to FAR & AWAY.

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2 minutes ago, Thor said:

both of Willams' grandmothers were of Irish descent (Ada Hennessey and Helen O'Reilly Williams, respectively), so that gives a whole new perspective to FAR & AWAY.

 

I mean, does it really?  A whole new perspective?

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18 minutes ago, Thor said:

I'm reading some new information now, that Esther passed away in 1984 (one year prior to John sr.) due to breast cancer. But take it with a grain of salt. If memory serves, there are quotes from Williams himself that suggest she lived to the aforementioned year of 2006 (I've lost the quotes; I'll refind them at some point).

Maybe she died in 2006 while reading 1984.

 

I am almost certain she was alive in the 2000s (some appearance at a JW concert or award ceremony or something).  

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2 hours ago, Edmilson said:

Now I am picturing JW dressed like his mom and wandering down the house while the Psycho OST plays on the stereo.

 

Or he's just singing it to himself like that Whitest Kids U Know sketch.

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13 hours ago, bruce marshall said:

Esther is a Jewish name, usually.

 

True, but it was also a fairly common name at the time, even for non-Jewish people. There are no traces (that I could find) of any Jewish heritage.

 

2 hours ago, GerateWohl said:

She might still have had breast cancer in 1984, but recovered, and somebody mixed that up.

 

I think the source in question may have confused it with a completely different Esther Towner Williams.

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1 hour ago, Michael G. said:

I'm browsing ancestry.com right now. Amazingly, there is a lot of information about John Williams' family (in contrast to mine)!

 

Yup. I've been using Geni myself (because that's also where my own heritage line is, added by myself and others in my extended family). Someone in Williams' extended family have been busy. So what one needs to do is to combine whatever names and facts one finds there with a general knowledge about whatever was happening in history at the time. If one does, a whole fascinating story steps forward.

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