- Don Williams
Don Williams Background information Birth name Don Williams Also known as The Gentle Giant of Country Music Born May 27, 1939
Floydada, Texas, U.S.
Genres Country, Texas Country, Country rock Occupations Singer-songwriter, Musician Instruments vocals, Guitar, Piano, Bass Years active 1971 – present Labels Columbia, Dot, ABC, MCA, Capitol, RCA, Giant, Koch Website Don Williams.com
Don Williams (born May 27, 1939 in Floydada, Texas), is an American country singer, songwriter and a 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He grew up in Portland, Texas, and graduated in 1958 from Gregory-Portland High School. After seven years with the folk-pop group Pozo-Seco Singers, he began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 No. 1 hits.
His straightforward yet smooth bass-baritone voice, soft tones, and an imposing build earned him the nickname "The Gentle Giant" of country music.
First public performance: When Don was three years old he sang in a local talent contest and won first prize, an alarm clock. He began playing guitar as a teenager, which he learned from his mother. While a teenager, he played with country, rock n' roll and folk bands. He formed his first band with Lofton Kline, called The Strangers Two, and in 1964 was approached by Susan Taylor to form a trio which ultimately became the Pozo-Seco Singers, a folk-pop group. The band recorded a song called, "Time" on a local label called Edmark Records and it became a regional hit in their home state of Texas. Columbia Records, picked up the record, signed the group, and released a series of Top 50 hits and three albums. The group disbanded in 1971, at which point Williams embarked on a solo career.
Williams started out as a songwriter for Jack Music Inc. Eventually, he signed with JMI Records as a solo artist. His 1974 song, "We Should Be Together," reached number five, and he signed with ABC/Dot Records. His first single with ABC/Dot, "I Wouldn't Want to Live If You Didn't Love Me," became a number one hit, and was the first of a string of top ten hits he had between 1974 and 1991 . Only four of his 46 singles didn't make it to the Top Ten.
Early in 2006, Williams announced his "Farewell Tour of the World" and played numerous dates both in the U.S. and abroad, wrapping the tour up with the "Final Farewell Concert" in Memphis, Tennessee at the Cannon Center for Performing Arts on November 21, 2006. Playing to a full house, the final event was well received and quite emotional for fans in attendance.
As of Fall, 2010, Williams had come out of retirement and was once again touring.
Don married Joy Bucher on April 10, 1960. They have two sons, Gary and Tim.
In 1978, Don Williams was the Country Music Association's "Male Vocalist of the Year" and his "Tulsa Time" was named Single of the Year. His hits have been covered by artists such as Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Lefty Frizzell, Josh Turner, Sonny James, Alison Krauss, Billy Dean, Charley Pride, Kenny Rogers, Lambchop, Alan Jackson, Waylon Jennings, Pete Townshend and Tortoise (band) with Bonnie "Prince" Billy. His music is also popular internationally, including Great Britain, Australia, India and Nigeria. On February 23, 2010, the Country Music Association announced that Don Williams was to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
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- Fan Site
- "Don Williams Yahoo Group" Yahoo group for Don William's fans
- Don Williams at CMT
- Don Williams at the Internet Movie Database
- Don Williams on Hyves (Netherlands)
- Don Williams biography at VH1
"I Wouldn't Want to Live If You Didn't Love Me" • "The Ties That Bind" • "You're My Best Friend" • "(Turn Out the Light And) Love Me Tonight" • "'Til the Rivers All Run Dry" • "Say It Again" • "I Recall a Gypsy Woman" • "She Never Knew Me" • "Some Broken Hearts Never Mend" • "I'm Just a Country Boy" • "I've Got a Winner in You" • "Rake and Ramblin' Man" • "Tulsa Time" • "Lay Down Beside Me" • "It Must Be Love" • "Love Me Over Again" • "Good Ole Boys Like Me" • "I Believe In You" • "Falling Again" • "Miracles" • "If I Needed You" • "Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good" • "Listen to the Radio" • "Mistakes" • "If Hollywood Don't Need You (Honey I Still Do)" • "Love Is on a Roll" • "Nobody but You" "Stay Young" • "That's the Thing About Love" • "Walkin' a Broken Heart" • "We've Got a Good Fire Goin''" • "Heartbeat in the Darkness" • "Then It's Love" • "Señorita" • "I'll Never Be in Love Again" • "I Wouldn't Be a Man" • "Another Place, Another Time" • "Desperately" • "Old Coyote Town" • "One Good Well" • "I've Been Loved by the Best" • "Just as Long as I Have You" • "Back in My Younger Days" • "True Love" • "Lord Have Mercy on a Country Boy"
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