May 27

Remembering Don Williams on his 80th Birthday


Don Williams made a great impression when he stepped into the world of country music. He remained to be one of the biggest names in the industry. Williams left us with the memory of his songs and his smooth, baritone voice that earned him the nickname ‘Gentle Giant.’

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Don Williams 80th Birthday/ Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images

About Don Williams, the ‘Gentle Giant’

Williams was born on the 27th of May, 1939. Hence, this day is a significant day in country music. Williams, who passed away in 2017, would have been celebrating his 80th birthday today. Since he’s gone, we could honor him by looking back at one or several of his songs.

Choosing from all of his songs is quite difficult because Williams charted a total of sixty-two singles on the chart. Twenty-one of which reached number one. Since that’s a lot, we picked the ones that matter.

“I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me”

This wordy-titled single made it to our list because it had a huge impact in Williams’ career. He got his first number one song on the chart with the mentioned single.


Williams first recorded “Amanda” in 1973. However, even if his version didn’t reach the top of the chart, we still consider this to be a classic Don Williams song.

“Tulsa Time”

A song written by Danny Flower became Williams’ song. He made the song popular in 1978 when it was released from his album Expressions.

“Lord I Hope This Day Is Good”

If you’re feeling bad, Williams has a song that’ll lighten up your day. His single, “Lord I Hope This Day Is Good,” secured the number one spot on the country chart.

“Too Much Love”

His last song on the country chart was “Too Much Love.” Williams tried to release other songs, yet it didn’t become commercially successful.

Despite not having songs in the chart anymore, Williams still created wonderful masterpieces to be remembered. Even though it has been two years since his death, he still inspires a lot of people. We are grateful for having such a wonderful artist.

Happy Birthday, Don Williams!


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