is a country music singer and songwriter born May 27, 1939, in
Floydada, Texas. After seven years with the folk-pop group
Pozo Seco Singers, he began
his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing
17 number one hits. His straightforward vocals, soft tones,
and an imposing build earned him the nickname the gentle
giant of country music.
playing guitar as a teenager, which he learned from his
mother. While a teenager, he used to play with country, rock
and folk bands. He formed his first band with Lofton Kline and
in 1964, recruited Susan Taylor, they formed the Pozo Seco
Singers, a folk-pop group. The band after signing a contract
with Columbia Records had a series of hits in the Top 50's
till late 1966. The group disbanded in 1971, at which point,
Don Williams embarked on his successful solo career.
initially started out as a songwriter for Jack Music Inc.,
since he lacked belief about going solo but then signed with
JMI as a solo artist. His 1974 song "We Should Be Together"
reached number five and he was signed on with ABC/Dot. His
first single with ABC/Dot, "I Wouldn't Want to Live If You
Didn't Love Me," became a number one hit, and was the first of
a string of top ten hits he had between 1974 and 1991. In
fact, only four of his 46 singles didn't make it to the Top
Ten. As of late 2005, Williams was still an active touring act
and Canada. As of 2006 Williams has been touring
including towns such as Basingstoke. Williams will be making
an apperance at the Wembley Stadium with country musician
Kenny Rogers in Summer 2006.
Don Williams was the Country Music Association's Male
Vocalist of the Year and his Tulsa Time was named
Single of the Year. His songs have been recorded by artists
such as Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Lefty Frizzell, Sonny
James, Charley Pride, Kenny Rogers, and Pete Townshend.
Williams Official Website
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