Country singer, Don Williams dies at 78

Nick Sanchez
September 10, 2017

Don Williams, who regularly topped the country charts during the 1970s and '80s with his gentle, reflective ballads, died Friday (Sept. 8) at the age of 78.

Another country star, Troy Gentry, also died on Friday in a helicopter crash, a death that has shocked country music artists and their fans. In the 70's he made his chart debut with "The Shelter of Your Eyes" and was soon hitting the charts time and time again with much more laid back sound that was coming out of Nashville in the 70's and early 80's. In 2010, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and continued to tour until his retirement a year ago.

Williams originally retired in 2006, but returned to country music in 2010.

Don Williams was born in Floydada, Texas, a tiny West Texas town Northeast of Lubbock. The six-feet-tall singer had won a place in the Country Music Hall Of Fame after It Must Be Love. He was my all time favorite country musician. His songs such as Gypsy Woman and Tulsa Time, were covered by singers such as Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.

"Good Ole Boys Like Me", perhaps his most memorable hit, peaked at No. 2 in 1980. His music career began when he formed the folk band The Pozo Seco Singers in 1964 while living in Corpus Christi. I had great times with him. The Country Music Hall of Famer was known for being soft-spoken. He released And So It Goes in 2012 and Reflections in 2014.

Notable among celebrities that are mourning the award winning country singer is Kenny Rogers, who tweeted: "Sending my honest and heartfelt prayers to the families & friends of Don Williams".

His final live performance was a year ago, when he told the audience it was time to hang up his hat.

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

"Gentle Giants", a tribute album featuring Krauss, Chris and Morgan Stapleton, Garth Brooks, Dierks Bentley and more singing Williams' songs, was released.

Stars have taken to social media to send their condolences. One of Williams" greatest achievements was staying in the Billboard Country Top 10 for almost two decades straight, a reflection of how he was part of the fabric of the "70s and "80s".

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