Tuesday, 26 September, 2017

Don Williams, Country Legend, Dies at 78

Country singer, Don Williams dies at 78 Country legend Don Williams dead at 78
Melody Ballard | 10 September, 2017, 14:30

Williams, whose imposing height and warm, reassuring voice earned him the nickname "Gentle Giant", passed away on September 8 after a short illness, according to the Webster public relations firm.

The news of Williams' death comes as Troy Gentry died Friday in a helicopter crash.

Standing over 6 feet tall, with a smooth baritone and soft-spoken nature, Williams was known as the "Gentle Giant" of country music.

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

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Williams rose to fame in the 1970s and 1980s and was the first country music artist to make a concept music video. "His music will forever be a balm in troublesome times". They're the masters of recorded simplicity and honoring a song in a way that I can not think of other records that hit that spot of extraordinary craftsmanship. He took up the guitar as a teen, and played in local bands before forming The Pozo Seco Singers in the sixties.

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". He opened up the decade with Bob McDill's "Good Old Boys Like Me", which peaked at No. 2 on the charts, but "I Believe In You", his biggest hit, and signature tune, was just around the corner. Williams became a bit of a folk hero as country music continually shifted with different trends.

Williams also dabbled in film, mainly working with Burt Reynolds in movies such as W.W. & the Dixie Dancekings and Smokey and the Bandit II. Williams would land at least one single in the Billboard's country Top 40 every year until 1991, 46 in all and only four that failed to reach the Top 10. I think that's where the consistency comes from. In early 2016, Williams announced it was "time to hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home". The next year, Williams signed a recording deal with Clement's JMI Records.

Country music stars including Sheryl Crow paid tribute to Gentry on social media.

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