Don Williams, one of the best that the country music produced in the US is reportedly no more. He reportedly died at the age of 78.
His popularity can be gauged by the fact that he had as many as 17 No. 1 in his long and celebrated music career. Some of the best singer of a bit younger generation grew up being influenced by his style and his enchanting and mellow sound.
Don had a rather very long and satisfying music career. He went into the country music full throttle in early seventies and never looked back. It was only last year that he announced his retirement from music, that looked rather a part of his persona.
Don Williams’ cause of death is said to be a short illness.
Born in Floydada on 27 May 1939, he was named Donald Ray Williams by his parents Loveta Mae and James Andrew “Jim” Williams. Don graduated from Gregory-Portland High School in 1958. Prior to forming the folk-pop group Pozo-Seco Singers, Williams served in the US army for two years after which worked odd jobs supporting himself. It was with the group the Pozo-Seco Singers that Williams alongside Susan Taylor and Lofton Cline would record several records for Columbia Records where he would remain until 1969. This would ultimately culminate in the Pozo-Seco Singers disbanding in 1970.
Some of the most memorable hits that don gave to his fans 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.
While mourning his death Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee said, “Don Williams offered calm, beauty, and a sense of wistful peace that is in short supply these days…His music will forever be a balm in troublesome times. Everyone who makes country music with grace, intelligence, and ageless intent will do so while standing on the shoulders of this gentle giant.”
One aspect of his life that has made him a legend in the music industry is the sort of influence he had over it. He had a strong influence over a variety of recording artists of different genres. His hits have been covered by artists such as Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Claude Russell Bridges, Lefty Frizzell, Josh Turner, Sonny James, Alison Krauss, Billy Dean, Charley Pride, Kenny Rogers, Lambchop, Alan Jackson, Tomeu Penya, Waylon Jennings, Pete Townshend and Tortoise (band) with Bonnie “Prince” Billy.
Don Williams was married to Joy Bucher. The two married in the year 1960 and had two children Gary Williams and Tim Williams.