Legendary Country Singer Don Williams Dead at 78:
Award winning country music singer Don Williams, is dead. He was aged 78.
A statement from his publicist Kirt Webster said the artist died on Friday September 8, after a brief illness.
Williams had 17 number-one hits before retiring in 2016. His mellow sound influenced a later generation of singers including Joe Nichols, Josh Turner and Keith Urban.
Williams, who was fondly called “the Gentle Giant,” had a rich voice, gentle delivery and storytelling style. He toured sparingly, did few media interviews and spent much of his time on his farm west of Nashville.
“It’s one of those blessings and curses kind of things,” Williams said in an interview with The Associated Press in 1994.
“If you have the talent, it’s a blessing. But there’s times that … a lot of the prices that you have to pay to be a part of it is a curse. But as far as … the way people have responded to what I’ve done, there’s very few things in my life that I’ve done that come anywhere close to making you feel exhilarated and humbled and fulfilled and challenged and all that, all at the same time.”
His hits included I Believe in You, Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good, You’re My Best Friend, Some Broken Hearts Never Mend, ‘Til 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.
RIP Gentle Giant.