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Don Williams, country music's 'Gentle Giant', dies at 78


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Mar 28, 2010
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Don Williams, country music's 'Gentle Giant', dies at 78
The country star best known for his song I Believe In You and his laid-back demeanor died on Friday following a short illness at his home in Alabama

Don Williams country’s ‘Gentle Giant’ and singer of I Believe In You. Photograph: Mark Humphrey/AP

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Friday 8 September 2017 19.39 EDTLast modified on Friday 8 September 2017 19.52 EDT

Don Williams, the country singer and Nashville songwriter best known for his 1981 hit ballad I Believe in You, has died at home in Alabama aged 78.

On Friday his publicist confirmed Williams, who was known as “the Gentle Giant” because of his easygoing temperament, died after a short illness.

Williams had 17 number ones in the US and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, before he retired in 2016. Williams was known for his 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.

His career started as a musician in Portland, a city he moved to from his native Texas, where he was born in 1939. He moved to Nashville in the late 60s and wrote songs for some of country’s biggest names, including “Cowboy” Jack Clement.

“It’s one of those blessings and curses kind of things,” Williams said in an interview with the Associated Press in 1994. “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, and Till the Rivers All Run Dry. Eric Clapton recorded his We’re More Than Friends and Pete Townshend redid his Til the Rivers All Run Dry.

“Don Williams offered calm, beauty, and a sense of wistful peace that is in short supply these days,” said Kyle Young, CEO of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee, in a statement Friday. “His music will forever be a balm in troublesome times.”

He missed his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010 because he had bronchitis. His last studio album came out in 2014 and he was the subject of a tribute album this year that included performances of his hits by Lady Antebellum, Garth Brooks and Chris Stapleton.


Platinum Bling
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Apr 1, 2010
Still way too young, RIP.


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Silver Miner
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Mar 30, 2010
One foot over the line.
One of many who were great and never got the attention they deserved because he resisted the 'game'.

RIP Don, I will still listen to your songs in my collection.
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Son of Gloin

Certainty of death? What are we waiting for?
Gold Chaser
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Apr 6, 2010
What an awesome voice. When that man sang he exuded peace and tranquility. Love big Don.