Country Music Hall of Fame member Don Williams died September 8 after a short unspecified illness at the age of 78. By DJParker39 at English Wikipedia. – Own work, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=14549573
After a few medical issues including a hip replacement, Williams retired from giving live performances last year.
Before launching his solo career, Williams was a member of the Pozo Seco Singers.
Along with his 17 chart topping Country music hits, Williams has won Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association awards. Williams’ hits include “Tulsa Time”, “Gypsy Woman”, “You’re My Best Friend”, “I Believe in You”, “I Hope This Day is Good”, “Back in My Younger Days”, “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend “, and “What’s a Country Boy to Do”.
Known to many as the Gentle Giant, Williams was popular far and wide across the planet including the British Isles, Africa, and New Zealand. Burt Reynolds, Keith Urban, Eric Clapton, and Pete Townshend were all among his friends.
Williams appeared in “W.W. And the Dixie Dancekings”, portrayed himself in “Smokey and the Bandit II”, played The President in the television series “Likely Stories, Vol. 3”, was the voice of The Balladeer in the “The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!” – a role played by Waylong Jennings in the television series.
Williams’ music has been heard on “The Porter Wagoner Show”, “Top of the Pops”, “The Driver”, the television series “A Real American Hero”, “Gettin’ Down”, “Smokey and the Bandit II”, “The Spin Cycle”, and “The Wendell Baker Story”.
He was born Donald Ray Williams on May 27, 1939 in Floydada, Texas but grew up in the nearby Portland on the Texas Gulf Coast near Corpus Christi. He entered…and won…his first talent show when he was only three years old. His prize for winning was an alarm clock. But it wasn’t until he was a teen, that Williams picked up the guitar.
Williams is survived by his wife of over 50 years Joy and children – Gary and Timmy.
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