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Don Williams

With his laid-back, straightforward vocals and large, imposing build, Don Williams came to be known as "the Gentle Giant." That nickname was bestowed on him in the early '70s, when he began a string of countrypolitan hits that ran into the early '90s. Williams was never known as an innovator, but his ballads were immensely popular; in the course of his career, he had a total of 17 number one hits.

Williams began playing guitar when he was child, learning the instrument from his mother. As a teenager, he played in a variety of country, rockabilly, folk, and rock & roll bands. After completing high school, he formed his first band with a friend named Lofton Kline. Williams and Kline recruited another singer, Susan Taylor, and formed the Pozo-Seco Singers, a folk-pop group, in 1964. The following year, the band signed a contract with Columbia Records. In 1966, the Pozo-Seco Singers had a pop hit with "Time," which climbed into the Top 50. For the next two years, they had a series of minor hits, highlighted by two Top 40 hits in late 1966, "I Can Make It with You" and "Look What You've Done." The group stayed until 1971.

After the Pozo-Seco Singers disbanded, Williams decided to pursue a career as a songwriter in Nashville, since he wasn't convinced that he was suited for a solo career. He signed with Jack Clement's Jack Music, Inc., initially just as a songwriter. By the end of 1972, he had signed with JMI as a solo artist, releasing "Don't You Believe" as his debut. The song went nowhere, but "The Shelter of Your Eyes" climbed to number 14 at the beginning of 1973. For the next year, Williams scored a string of minor hits before he had his 1974 breakthrough, "We Should Be Together," which reached number five. The single led to a contract with ABC/Dot. "I Wouldn't Want to Live If You Didn't Love Me," his first single for ABC/Dot, reached number one in the summer 1974. The single launched a string of Top Ten hits that ran more or less uninterrupted until 1991; between 1974 and 1991, only four of his 46 charting singles didn't make the Top Ten. Instead of reaching the top of the charts with his original material, most of his big hits were covers of other songwriters, including John Prine, Bob McDill, Dave Loggins, and Wayland Holyfield.

During the '70s, Don Williams became the most successful country artist in the world. His country-pop not only crossed over into the American pop mainstream, it also gained him a large following in England and Europe. In addition to his Top Ten hits, Williams won several country music awards, highlighted by the Country Music Association naming him Male Vocalist of the Year in 1978, the same year his number-one single, "Tulsa Time," was named Single of the Year. In the late '70s, he began acting, appearing primarily in the films of his friend Burt Reynolds, including W.W. & the Dixie Dancekings and Smokey & the Bandit II.

In the early '80s, Williams slowed down the pace of his career slightly, as he was suffering from back problems. Nevertheless, the hits continued to come and many of his singles reached number one. In 1986, he left MCA Records -- which had acquired the ABC label while he was recording for it -- and signed with Capitol. The change in labels didn't affect his career at all, as he continued to hit the Top Ten with regularity. In 1987, he underwent back surgery, which cured his problems. Williams signed with RCA Records in 1989. Initially, he continued to have hits, but his streak came to an end in early 1992, following his last Top Ten single, "Lord Have Mercy on a Country Boy." Although he continued to perform in the mid-'90s, he had effectively retired to his Nashville farm, returning to recording in 1998 with I Turn the Page.

After some limited touring, Williams resumed his recording career with My Heart to You on Sugar Hill/Compendium in 2004, followed in 2006 by his "Farewell Tour of the World," playing throughout the United States and Europe, and another retirement. This one lasted until 2012,when he re-emerged with the acclaimed And So It Goes on Sugar Hill. Williams continued recording and performing; he released Reflections in March of 2014. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Don is the s**t
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Don Williams is also an artist with such a soothing and smooth voice. Absolutely love the song and frankly I love having "Good Ole Boys" as my crewmembers, they are the real deal & know what they are doing. Love the line about having a picture of "General Stonewall Jackson" above his head.
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Nice, hope everyone's day was good but that will never happen
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Dang it, can't get better then this!!!!
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Thanks Pandora!!
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Saw him Thursday night in Modesto California and he was great , he sounds the same or better then on his CD's go see him if you get a chance Don Williams Rocked the Gallo Center !!!
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The singer's from years ago may have been paid Smuch. But they came. With original songs.The ones now a days don't put as much , effort in them except George Strait And Alan Jackson and Randy Travis.
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I don't think Chris Byrd was saying Sam Elliot was a singer. Just that he has a deep sift voice when he speaks.
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I looked up Sam Elliott he is not a singer he is a actor at least they have nothing on him being a singer??
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I wish country was still country! Rascal f*gs & Kenny pigmy can kiss my a**!!!!
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Amen to you Chris Byrd. He really has great great voice. Just why have I not heard of him his voice is superb. The more I hear it, its amazing for me not have ever heard of him. Thanks to Pandora you are the greatest. :o))
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Of course there is always Sam Elliott. Something about those deep soft voices that melt your heart and your knees. Am I right ladies?!
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If one could fall in love just for a voice, I would have married Don Williams, o
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Another Excellent vocal artist is my Favorite is Alison Krauss.
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Thanks Pandora I have never heard him before, but his music the best. :o))
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Danny Flowers should be mentioned from Henderson NC who wrote Tulsa time and sings w/don on all his music
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service047
I remember sitting on a deep freeze outside of my dads gas station in Oak Cliff ,TX. listening to Don Williams. My dad love his country music.
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don you have no idea how you kept me going when I was a road driver going back &forth across this country thank you!!
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Some broken hearts never mend, some memories never end, some tears will never dry, my love for you will never die.....
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great song... GREAT SINGER...
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beautiful voice. Brings tears to ones eyes
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I grew up with this song. It was introduced to it from my grandpa John Reeves truck stop in Colorado. I will always keep this close. And my daddy sang this. Thank you.
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cv55
Don Williams is awesome. It's been many, many years since he's been to Buffalo, New York. Hope he has a concert here again.
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saw him Vegas a couple years ago. It was Awesome
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lmicheli213
Ah, Don Williams, the greatest country singer. Hard not to like him.
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Love Don Williams , that's when country was country !!
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Good voice easy to listen too
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ltaylor8857
My personal opinion Don Williams is a legacy. I've listened to him for 40 years. (GOD BLESS HIM)
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teri180
I get to see him in a few weeks in Des Moines. Since I started listening to Country he was my favorite. His songs always struck a chord wit me and my life at the time.
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You're my best friend is my all time favourite.
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Love all his music
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Love Don Williams!!!!
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Don. Williams. Greatest. Hits
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Since the first time I heard Don sing I loved his voice and great songs. My favorite artist.
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His songs bring healing to the soul of mankind.
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Not a lot of woods though
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Don is the best country male singer ever from my neck of the woods Texas Panhandle
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Great song.
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Mom, dad, & apple pie... As only melodic Don can sing it! You gotta smile when you hear this!
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Good song.
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great song
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Love these songs. Too!
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lmicheli213
The ultimate professional . Love his music.
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Don one of the best, and better than most. Straight talk from the boss.
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you just got to love that Don
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Just saw Don in concert last week. He is still sounds awesome and puts on one great show. Don't know what we are gonna do when all the greats are gone. There are no new artists that can touch what came out of the '70s and '80s.
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j'adore!!
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All I can say is...I believe
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quiltingbeas t 6 1
Don Williams only 6' 1"......the way this man sings who cares what his height is ...I would not care if he were 1' 6"...He is a fantastic artist....My grand kids all sing Williams song. The four year old says "Don dah best"
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Do not care for this artist.can not see how he made it this fsar
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