09 September 2017

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RIP Don Williams Dies the Legendary Country Singer

RIP Don Williams Dies the Legendary Country Singer

Don Williams legendary Music Singer, Country Music Hall Famer has died
He was 78 years old.
Williams was the "Gentle Giant" of country music.

Over the course of his four-decade career, Williams recorded many super hit country songs
Williams retired in 2016.

Name – Don Williams
Date/Place of birth: May 27, 1939 in Floydada, Texas

Reared in: Portland, near Corpus Christi, on the Texas gulf coast

Marital status: Wed to Joy Bucher on 10 April, 1960

Children: Two sons, Gary and Timmy

Residences: Don and Joy’s principal residence is their home on a 100-acre tract of land outside Nashville near Ashland City, TN. They also have a vacation home in Hawaii.

Height/weight: 6ft 1 in – 180 lbs.

Hair/eyes: Brown/Hazel

Instrument: Guitar, which Don began playing as a teenager. He would hurry home from school to try and pick a favorite tune he’d heard on the radio.

First public performance: When Don was three years old he sang in a local talent contest and won first prize, an alarm clock.

First paid job in music: In 1957, while in high school, Don and a group of friends played and sang for the opening of Billups Service Station in Taft, Texas. They were paid a total of $25.

Other early jobs: Don worked as a bill collector, he drove a bread truck, worked in the Texas oil fields, in furniture retailing, in a smelting plant, and for Pittsburgh Plate Glass.

Pozo Seco singers: While living in Corpus Christi, TX, in 1964, Don formed the well-remembered Pozo Seco Singers, a very successful trio (Lofton Cline, Susan Taylor. and Don) who sang a variety of music from folk to pop and country Their first single, Time, climbed into the national Top 10 and there were other chart hits by the group. The Pozos disbanded in 1969.

Record label history: JMI Records released Don’s first solo (a single titled Don’t You Believe) on 16 June, 1972. He signed with ABC/Dot on 17 May, 1974. The Dot label was discontinued in late 1977 and Don continued to record for ABC. In March of 1979, ABC was bought out by MCA Records. When he left MCA, Don signed with Capitol 15 July, 1985. In May 1989, Don moved to RCA and in June of ’94 his current label, American Harvest Recording Society, released Don’s first live album. An Evening With Don Williams, a collection of 15 songs cut during a UK tour. In August 1995, American Harvest released Borrowed Tales, and in October 1996 the label released the album Flatlands.

Personal appearances: He has headlined a variety of prestigious venues, from the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo to the Roxy in Los Angeles, from a sold-out Carnegie Hall in New York to London’s Royal Albert Hall.

Motion pictures: Don co-starred with Burt Reynolds in two films, W. W & The Dixie Dance Kings for 20th Century Fox, and Smokey & The Bandit II for Universal.

Music videos: Don Williams was the first country music artist to make a concept music video. It was produced in 1973 in support of his third single for JMI Records (Come Early Morning). In 1986 Don starred in a music video for the Capitol/Nashville single Heartbeat In The Darkness. In 1995 his video Fever was released by American Harvest Recording Society.

Leisure activities: Fishing, and tinkering with his prized `56 Chevy.

His hits have been covered by artists such as Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Claude Russell Bridges, Lefty Frizzell, Josh Turner, Sonny James, Alison Krauss, Billy Dean, Charley Pride, Kenny Rogers, Lambchop, Alan Jackson, Tomeu Penya, Waylon Jennings, Pete Townshend and Tortoise (band) with Bonnie "Prince" Billy.

His music is also popular internationally, including Great Britain, Australia, Ukraine, India, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Sierra Leone and Zimbabwe.

On February 23, 2010, the Country Music Association announced that Don Williams was to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Below is the list of few super hit country songs –
1-I believe in You
2 -You're My Best Friend
3-some broken hearts never mend
4-Tulsa Time
5-Good Ole Boys like me
6-It must be love
7-Lay down beside me
9-Till the rivers all run dry
10-come early morning
11-The shelter of your eyes
12-love me tonight

Don Williams : Greatest hits - The Best of Don Williams

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