July 22, 2014
Roger Williams will celebrate his 83rd birthday next Monday in Simi Valley sitting in front of a piano and playing and playing and playing.
The "Autumn Leaves" and "Born Free" pianist is planning another birthday marathon at a presidential library.
He will perform 14½ hours at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in an effort to break his 14-hour marathon record set in 2004 at the Jimmy Carter library.
Williams joked that he's asked for two vehicles to be standing by, "an ambulance and a hearse."
The pianist says the marathon is designed to bring national attention to the need of returning music education to public schools.
Williams has played for nine presidents, starting with Harry Truman.
He befriended Reagan decades ago when Reagan was a radio sports
announcer and Williams had a show on the same station.