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The world was saddened to hear that Oscar winner Robin Williams died Monday of a suspected suicide at the age of 63. Williams’ influence was vast, and spanned across film and television to music as well, with five Grammys to his credit and three charting albums on the Billboard 200.
Williams’ Reality… What a Concept reached No. 10 in 1979 and won him his first Grammy Award, for best comedy recording. He later won three more best comedy recording Grammys, as well as a trophy for best recording for children (for “Pecos Bill” in 1988).
“Our entertainment community has lost an immense talent, a true inspiration, and a creative genius, and his remarkable legacy will forever be immortalized in his vast and impressive body of work,” said Recording Academy president/CEO Neil Portnow in a statement.
Williams was also part of the top 10 soundtrack to the Disney film Aladdin, which climbed to No. 6 in 1993. He played the Genie in the film and sung the memorable tunes “Friend Like Me” and “Prince Ali.”
Williams topped the Comedy Albums chart in 2010, spending four weeks at No. 1 with Weapons of Mass Destruction. The set was nominated for best comedy recording, and also reached No. 59 on the Billboard 200.
Here, we remember Williams’ 10 best musical moments as a tribute to the iconic actor.
10. “I Yam What I Yam” from Popeye (1980)
As Popeye “the Sailor Man,” Williams brings the comic strip character to life in the 1980 film and gives his most memorable catch phrase its own musical number.
9. Robin Williams, Craig Ferguson Dance to “Hit Me Baby One More Time” (2010)
The actor joins The Late Late Show host Craig Ferguson at a San Francisco performance for a synchronized dance to Britney Spears’ smash “Hit Me Baby One More Time.”
8. Robin Williams, Wayne Brady Duet on Whose Line is it Anyway? (2000)
Williams and Wayne Brady team up for a spiritual duet dedicated to an air traffic controller.
7. Ivan “Bob” Poppanoff the “Russian Idol” on American Idol (2008)
Williams shows the American Idol audience how it’s done in Russia.
6. “We Are Family” Sequence from The Birdcage (1996)
Williams and his all-star castmates give this classic film a fun ending, dancing along to the the iconic Sister Sledge track.
5. Fun with Dinosaurs from Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
Williams delivers a handful of musical impressions and a rap, all adapted to a lesson about dinosaurs. It may not all be historically “accurate,” but it’s entertaining.
4. “My Way (A Mi Manera)” From Happy Feet (2006)
As an Adélie penguin Ramón, Williams belts the Frank Sinatra classic in Spanish for all Antarctica to hear.
3. Music video for “Don’t Worry Be Happy” by Bobby McFerrin (1988)
Along with McFerrin and actor and clown Bill Irwin, Williams shines in this memorable, feel-good clip.
2. “Blame Canada” at the Academy Awards (2000)
Williams appeared at the 2000 Academy Awards as a surprise performer singing “Blame Canada” from South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut.
1. “Friend Like Me” from Aladdin (1992)
Williams’ memorable performance from the Disney classic is summed up in the catchy “Friend Like Me.”
This post originally appeared on Billboard.com.
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