The Talented Life Of John Williams Part Two
Early life and family
John Towner Williams was born on February 8, 1932 in Floral Park, New York, to Esther (née Towner) and Johnny Williams, a jazz percussionist who played with the Raymond Scott Quintet. Williams has said of his lineage, “My father was a Maine man—we were very close. My mother was from Boston. My father’s parents ran a department store in Bangor, Maine, and my mother’s father was a cabinetmaker. […] People with those roots are not inclined to be lazy.”
In 1948, the Williams family moved to Los Angeles where John Williams attended North Hollywood High School, graduating in 1950...