Don Williams, a.k.a “The Gentle Giant,” died today (Sept. 8) after a short illness. The baritone singer was 78.
Williams, who began his solo career in 1971—after a stint in the 60’s as the lead singer for the Pozo-Seco Singers pop trio—was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. He amassed a number of hits over a decades-long career including, “I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Don’t Love Me,’ “Tulsa Time,” “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend,” “It Must Be Love” and “I Believe In You.”
Williams toured extensively around the world, announcing his retirement in 2006 with a Farewell Tour of the World in 2006. But the road called him back and he returned to touring in 2010, only to retire again in 2016.
After Williams announced his retirement the second time, country stars Dierks Bentley, Brandy Clark, Garth Brooks, Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Lady Antebellum and more joined forces to honor his career with a special tribute album, Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams.
Don passed away the same day Montgomery Gentry’s Troy Gentry died in a helicopter crash, leading many stars to take to Twitter to express their sorrow of such huge losses to the country music world. .
R.I.P. Don WIlliams