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Don Williams : 1939 – 2017

49th Annual ASCAP Country Music Awards
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Country music lost a legend today. RIP Don Williams – The Gentle Giant

Nashville: Country music fans are mourning the loss of Don Williams, who passed away today after a short illness. He was 78.

He had a long and storied career, finding his way to Nashville in 1969. He began writing songs and had a contract by 1971. He made his country chart debut in 1973 with his first single “The Shelter Of Your Eyes”

He was named the Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1978. He was known for being very low-key and soft spoken, but because he was big guy, he was nicknamed the “Gentle Giant.” He appeared in two movies  – 1974’s W.W. and The Dixie Dancekings, and 1980’s Smokey and the Bandit II.

He’s best known for songs like  “I Believe In You,” “Tulsa Time,” and “It Must Be Love.”

RIP – Don Williams

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