A press release from the singer’s PR team confirms the death of Texas native and Country singer, Don Williams.“ after a short illness,” saying that funeral arrangements are pending.
Don Williams forged his own musical identity in the 1970s with a unique and low-key style of country that earned him the nickname “The Gentle Giant,” .
He began his music career in the 1960s, and had 17 number one country hits, with his biggest hit “I Believe in You” reaching the top of the country charts and #24 on the Hot 100.
Don is survived by his wife of 57 years and his 2 sons.
Williams’ songs have been recorded by country superstars Alan Jackson and Lee Ann Womack, as well as rock legends Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton.
Just one day before he turned 78, last May, tribute album Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams was issued