Country Music Legend Don Williams Dies At 78

Country Music Legend Don Williams Dies At 78

by | 9th September 2017
Don Williams

Country singer Don Williams who was nicknamed “Gentle Giant” has died aged 78 after a short illness.


Williams who enjoyed great success with his easy-going singing style, began his solo career in 1971, amassing 17 number one country hits. His songs such as ‘Gypsy Woman’ and ‘Tulsa Time’, were covered by singers such as Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.



His tribute album “Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams” was issued in May, a day after he clocked 78.


The album featured performances of his songs by current country heavyweights, including Garth Brooks and Lady Antebellum.


In addition to his recording career, Williams appeared in the 1975 Burt Reynolds films W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings and 1980’s Smokey and the Bandit II. He later name-checked Reynolds in the 1982 Bob McDill-penned hit “If Hollywood Don’t Need You (Honey, I Still Do),” which was one of the many singles co-produced by Williams with longtime collaborator Garth Fundis.


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.