Robin Williams, who died Monday at age 63, was of course best known for his work in film and television. But he also had a meaningful recording career. In September 1979, he had a top 10 album on the Billboard 200, Reality…What a Concept, which brought him a Grammy for Best Comedy Recording. Williams was even nominated for Best New Artist that year, but lost to Rickie Lee Jones.
Williams went on to win four more Grammys. He actually won two in 1988: The soundtrack from his movie Good Morning, Vietnam (which reached the top 10 in March 1988) won for Best Comedy Recording, and Pecos Bill, a collaboration with Ry Cooder, won for Best Recording for Children.
Williams’s other two Grammys were for a pair of live albums: A Night at the Met (Best Comedy Recording of 1987) and Robin Williams — Live 2002 (Best Spoken Comedy Album of 2002). Peter Asher, best known for his work with Linda Ronstadt and James Taylor, produced the latter album.
Williams released two other albums that received Grammy nominations. Throbbing Python of Love was nominated for Best Comedy Recording in 1983, and Weapons of Self Destruction got a nod for Best Comedy Album in 2010.