September 9

In Memory: The Gentle Giant, Don Williams dies of Emphysema at 78

It seemed that the country music industry and its losses are becoming an unfortunate and continuous list as it lost another gem and gentle soul, Don Williams who died of a brief illness, emphysema at his home in Mobile, Alabama.

He died at the age of 78.

Don Williams, Gentle Giant

On his Facebook page, the team of Don Williams confirmed the news of the unfortunate passing of the Country Hall of Famer:


“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Don Williams. Thank you for your support of Don’s career. Rest well Gentle Giant.”


Indeed, prayers and several odes to the country and rock and roll legend were outpouring after Williams’ news of death flooded the Internet as it also contained the tragic story behind the death of Troy Montgomery who just died of Helicopter Crash at the age of 50.

Last 2010, Don Williams was an inducted member of the Country Music Hall of Fame after proving his wide array of influence as supported by different but alike country stars who have covered most of his songs including Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Charley Pride, Alan Jackson, Kenny Rogers and many more.

The straightforward style yet penned hymns about romantic involvement matched by his bass-baritone and soft tones gave birth to his resounding nickname of ‘Gentle Giant’ even if the crooner stood almost 6 feet tall.

Don Williams, Influence and Retirement

In his interview with British Country Music International in 1995, Don Williams explained how his style took its own direction while maintaining his identity as a country singer:


“When I was growing up, I used to listen to Ray Price, Johnny Cash and Jim Reeves, At the same time, I’d also listen to Teresa Brewer, the Ink Spots and the Platters. Then, when Bill Haley, Little Richard and all that started happening, I think a lot of us made a transition then without realizing it.”


Last 2016, Don Williams had retired from world tours and had canceled his shows speculating that the legend was facing a serious health condition. He said to his fans:


“It’s time to hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home. I’m so thankful for my fans, my friends and my family for their everlasting love and support.”


Country Thang Daily would like to extend its condolences to the bereaved family and we see nothing but a country icon who’s going to the rock and roll heaven. He will surely be missed.


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