April 22, 2018

Country legend Don Williams dead at 78

09 September 2017, 02:55 | Erma Lawrence

Country legend Don Williams dead at 78

Country singer, Don Williams dies at 78

Known as the "Gentle Giant" both for his physical stature and deep catalog of mellow country hits, Don Williams has passed away.

Smooth-singing Don Williams has died after a short illness.

A rep confirmed the death, which comes two years after the 78-year-old Country Hall Of Famer officially retired from music. Three years later, Williams was a recording artist in his own right, topping the country chart with "I Wouldn't Want to Live If You Didn't Love Me", properly kicking off his career and becoming a regular fixture on those charts from then on. His high-water mark was "I Believe In You", a No. 1 country hit - one of 17 across Williams' career - that also climbed to No. 24 on Billboard's Hot 100 in 1981. He played his final show in 2016, TMZ further noted. In 2010, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and continued to tour until his retirement previous year.

"I like songs [when it's] a real personal statement because that's the way [the songwriter] felt at that moment and they don't care if anyone ever records it", Williams told American Songwriter in 1988.

Don Williams was born in Floydada, Texas, a tiny West Texas town Northeast of Lubbock.

Williams was in Nashville by the early '70s and scored a songwriting contract.

In 2004, he released his My Heart to You LP for Sugar Hill Records; although he staged a 2006 farewell tour, he came out of retirement in October 2010, the same month he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

He continued to tour and record until recent years.

Williams also appeared in the movies "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings" and "Smokey and the Bandit II". Even many of his hits, like "It Must Be Love" were low-key.

Thanks to his soulful and tranquil sound, Williams earned the nickname "The Gentle Giant". "It's time to hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home". 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.

Other News

Trending Now

Al Roker rips Rush Limbaugh for Hurricane Irma conspiracy theories
"We'll be on the air next week, folks, from parts unknown ", Limbaugh said Thursday on his program, according to ThinkProgress . The radio host has a history thinking hurricanes are a liberal conspiracy , and his Irma theory didn't end there.

United States threatens North Korea with 'massive military response'
President Moon Jae In said his country would not allow its neighbor to continue to advance its nuclear and missile technologies. He later floated the idea that the USA could halt all trade with nations that did not sever economic links with North Korea.

Floyd Mayweather v Conor McGregor: Las Vegas bout misses gate-receipt record
One of those guys will likely need to score a ridiculously, impressive win, in order to jump past Diaz in the queue. John Kavanagh wrote for and gave his opinion on who his most successful fighter should face next.

Raghuram Rajan willing to come back if it makes big difference
When asked that despite the RBI's caution the government moved ahead with the demonetisation , Rajan said that the Centre does not need the RBI's permission.

Fire Outbreak In School not an Accident
Several students shared this narrative, but the Nation could not authenticate it independently. I sleep in the one adjacent to the one where the fire started.

Lady Gaga shares teaser trailer for Netflix documentary 'Gaga: Five Foot Two'
In the footage above, Gaga declares, "I'm going to fight like f-king hell for them to f-king love this". On top of professional triumphs, viewers will see her cope with intense emotional and physical pain.

Congress claims to have defused situation in Bihar unit
However, Congress spokesman Premchandra Mishra said JD (U)'s efforts to engineer a split in the party have turned futile. As of now, continuance of alliance with RJD would weaken the morale of party workers in the state.

'Daddy' Trump calls on 'baby' Ivanka to underline good-guy credentials
In the tweet, Ivanka praised the story of an undocumented worker whose tenacity landed her a job on Wall Street. Should I bring Ivanka up?" "I just said to the governor, I did not know you had droughts this far north.

Windows 10 Redstone 3 Build 16273 — Hands On
So all in one, there will be a plenty of small builds of Windows 10 S OS available for different types of testers. Instead, you can use your laptop's rear camera to take a picture and project the 3D object into the scene.

The Witcher 10th Anniversary Video Celebrates You
The first " Witcher " game was released in 2007, and began the trilogy's tale of Geralt , a legendary witcher. But since then, especially after the expansions of The Witcher 3 we haven't heard from the main title.