Country star Don Williams, ‘the Gentle Giant,’ dead at 78

He was a founding member of the Pozo Seco Singers, then started a solo career in 1971. Williams was born in Floydada, Texas, and spent the early part of his career in rock, country and folk groups. A statement from his publicist Kirt Webster said he died Friday after a short illness. Williams had 17 No. Williams, nicknamed “the Gentle Giant,” had a rich voice, gentle delivery and storytelling style. and the Dixie Dancekings and Smokey and the Bandit II. Everyone who makes country music with grace, intelligence, and ageless intent will do so while standing on the shoulders of this gentle giant.”
He won the Country Music Association’s awards for best male vocalist and best single for Tulsa Time in 1978. 1 hits before retiring in 2016. But there’s times that … a lot of the prices that you have to pay to be a part of it is a curse. He was 78. Williams also appeared in the movies W.W. He toured sparingly, did few media interviews and spent much of his time on his farm west of Nashville. Don Williams, an award-winning country singer with love ballads like I Believe in You, died Friday after a short illness. Eric Clapton recorded his We’re More Than Friends and Pete Townshend redid his Til the Rivers All Run Dry. “His music will forever be a balm in troublesome times. © The Associated Press, 2017 (Mark Humphrey/The Associated Press)

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He was also popular overseas, touring in Europe and Africa and charting on British charts. His last studio album came out in 2014 and he was the subject of a tribute album this year that included performances of his hits by Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks and Chris Stapleton. “Farewell, the great Don Williams,” said Rosanne Cash on Twitter and quoted from Good Ole Boys Like Me: “‘Those Williams boys, they still mean a lot to me/ Hank & Tennessee.’ & Don, too.”
“One of the greatest to ever sing a country song,” wrote Rodney Atkins on Twitter. He was 78. 1 hit was I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me and 42 of his 46 singles landed on the top 10 from 1974 to 1991. “I can’t write a song without thinking about Don Williams songs. .RIPDonWilliams.”
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, but missed the ceremony because he had bronchitis. But as far as … “Don Williams offered calm, beauty, and a sense of wistful peace that is in short supply these days,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, in a statement Friday. the way people have responded to what I’ve done, there’s very few things in my life that I’ve done that come anywhere close to making you feel exhilarated and humbled and fulfilled and challenged and all that, all at the same time.”
His hits included I Believe in You, Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good, You’re My Best Friend, Some Broken Hearts Never Mend, Till the Rivers All Run Dry and Back in My Younger Days. At least one duet with Emmylou Harris made the charts, If I Needed You in 1981. “It’s one of those blessings and curses kind of things,” Williams said in an interview with The Associated Press in 1994. Don Williams, an award-winning country singer with love ballads like I Believe in You, has died. Reaction from industry
During his performances, he often walked onstage carrying a cup of coffee, sat on a barstool, sang and chatted amiably with the audience. His first No. “If you have the talent, it’s a blessing. His mellow sound influenced a later generation of singers including Joe Nichols and Josh Turner and Keith Urban has said Williams drew him to country music.