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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.



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