Country Legend Don Williams is Dead. Don Williams died at 78 after a brief illness. Before his death, Williams enjoyed a successful musical career, spanning over 30 years.
Country music (frequently referred to as just country) is a musical genre that originated in the Southern United States in the 1920s. It takes its roots from genres such as folk music (especially Appalachian folk music) and blues. … Blues modes have been used extensively throughout its recorded history. When it comes to Country music, Don Williams was a master at the game.
In 2010, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His songs, such as Gypsy Woman and Tulsa Time, were covered by many other singers – including Eric Clapton and Pete Townsend. Williams was known as the gentle giant of country music.
More About Don Williams
Donald Ray Williams (May 27, 1939 – September 8, 2017) was an American country singer, songwriter, and 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 number one country hits.
His straightforward yet smooth bass-baritone voice, soft tones, and imposing build earned him the nickname: “Gentle Giant” of country music.
Donald Ray Williams was born the youngest of three sons on May 27, 1939, in Floydada, Texas. His parents were Loveta Mae (née Lambert; 1914-2007) and James Andrew “Jim” Williams (1898-1982). He grew up in Portland, Texas and graduated from Gregory-Portland High School in 1958. After Williams’ parents divorced, Loveta Williams remarried first to Chester Lang, and then to Robert Bevers.
Williams would suffer a personal tragedy on July 20, 1963, when his eldest brother Kenneth was accidentally electrocuted and killed after coming in contact with a live wire. He was only twenty nine years old.
Don Williams spent seven years with the folk-pop group Pozo-Seco Singers, and then began his solo career in 1971.