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American Country Music Legend Don Williams Dies At Age 78

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American country music singer and songwriter Don Williams has died after a "short illness" according to press release. The Texas native, who is known as the “Gentle Giant” for his soft vocal style, was 78.

Williams will be remembered among other things for putting his voice to maximum use on such hits as “Stay Young,” “If Hollywood Don’t Need You,” “One Good Well” and “Lord Have Mercy On A Country Boy.”

Williams was born in Floydada, Texas, on May 27, 1939, and grew up in Portland, Texas. He reportedly began playing guitar as a teen, following along to songs heard on the radio. He’d soon begin playing in local bands and marry Joy Bucher in 1960.

Williams was in Nashville by the early ‘70s and scored a songwriting contract. Soon, he was a regular on the charts, starting with “The Shelter of Your Eyes” in 1973. His first chart-topper was “I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me” in 1974.

He’d score the biggest hit of his career in 1981 with the gorgeous “I Believe In You,” which not only topped the country charts but also crossover success in the pop music world.

His last entry into the Top 10 came in 1991 with “Lord Have Mercy On a Country Boy.”

Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

He continued to tour and record until recent years. He reportedly made his final performance in 2016

His final release in his life time was a live CD/DVD recording from Ireland, which was released last year.


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