Country singer Don Williams has died after a short illness.
A rep confirmed the death, which comes two years after the 78-year-old Country Hall Of Famer officially retired from music.
Known affectionately as the ‘gentle giant’ due to his 6ft1 frame, Williams had 16 number one country hits during his long career.
Don Williams, the Country Music Hall of Fame member whose imposing height and warm, reassuring voice earned him the nickname “Gentle Giant,” died Friday, September 8th after a short illness.
An internationally popular country star, Williams recorded dozens of hit songs, including “Tulsa Time,” “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good” and “It Must Be Love.” He was 78.
Born in Floydada, Texas, on May 27th, 1939, Don Williams was raised in Portland, Texas, where he learned guitar from his mother.
Williams’ songs have been recorded by country superstars Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack, as well as rock legends Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton.
Just one day before he turned 78, last May, tribute album Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams was issued. A testament to his widespread and long-lasting influence, the LP featured performances of beloved Williams hits by Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, Pistol Annies, Brandy Clark, Keb’ Mo’, Trisha Yearwood, Garth Brooks, Lady Antebellum, songwriter Roger Cook, Dierks Bentley, John Prine and Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires.
A special tribute to the longtime Grand Ole Opry member was also performed on the Opry stage just days after that album was released. That same month, the concert CD/DVD package, Don Williams in Ireland: The Gentle Giant in Concert, was released, featuring an onstage performance from the Emerald Isle.
Such a talented singer song writer and such a quiet humble guy. I think he was incredibly underrated. A rare gift for words and imagery and a gentle soothing voice. So many good memories listening to his albums on my parents stereo that was big as a car and seeing him at the Houston Rodeo as a kid. RIP to the Gentle Giant.
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