It’s the “Gentle Giant” Don Williams” Birthday, Folks. The soulful and the emotional voice of country music. With this, let’s greet him a HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Indeed, we all sure miss him a lot.
Don Williams was known as the “Gentle Giant” of Country Music. Yes, it's because of his height and warm, smooth bass-baritone voice, and soft tones. Throughout his career, every song he has released hit the country charts. Each of his greatest hits has its fascinating stories.
Though Don Williams is not physically with us here right now, we can still recollect all his performances, songs, and works of arts through his legacy. From the songs, he placed on top of the country charts to the videos of him accepting his awards.
Here are some of the memorable singles and as well as his music videos. For all the Don Williams fans, supporters, and obsessives out there... these are all for you. Additionally, this will include the complete lists of the 17 No.1 singles Don William’s placed on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Also, there are some videos of him accepting his awards.
Al Turney wrote “I Wouldn’t Want To Live If You Didn’t Love Me” and was Don Williams’ very first No.1 song. The song was part of Williams’ album “Volume 3”. Moreover, it topped the country charts on September 21, 1974. Additionally, the single spent a week at No.1 and total of 12 weeks on the country charts.
“You’re My Best Friend” is one of the signature songs of the “Gentle Giant”: Don Williams. The one and only Wayland Holyfield penned the song. The very first song that reached No.1 for Holyfield.
Also, the song was Williams’ second No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles. It has reached top 40 in the United Kingdom as well.
Bob McDill wrote, “Turn Out The Light And Love Me Tonight.” The song really captivated the hearts of the country music enthusiasts. As a matter of fact, the song was Don Williams' ninth country hit and his third No.1 on the country charts. Additionally, the single became No.1 for a week and spent a total of 12 weeks on the country charts.
Don Williams along with Wayland Holyfield was the songwriters behind “Till The Rivers All Run Dry.” It was released in December 1975 as the first single from his album “Harmony.” It became No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on March 27, 1976. Also, it spent a total span of twelve weeks on the country charts.
“Say It Again” is a song written by Bob McDill. It was released in April 1976 as the second single of Don Williams on his album “Harmony”. Interestingly, the song was Williams’ fifth number one on the country charts. The song actually maintained its top 1 record for the entire week and twelve weeks on the country chart. It is one of Williams’ most successful hits of all time.
Wayland Holyfield penned, “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend”. It was released in January 1977 as Williams’ first single on his album “Visions”. The anthem was Williams’ sixth No.1 hits on the country chart. In fact, it spent 12 weeks as one of top 40 songs on the country chart.
“I’m Just A Country Boy” was part of Don Williams' album “Country Boy.” He placed the song on top and became his seventh No.1 on the country charts. In fact, the single stayed at No.1 for a week and spent a total of eleven weeks on the country charts.
Danny Flowers wrote, “Tulsa Time”. Also, released in 1978 from Williams’ album “Expressions”. There are ample of hits that Don William’s had documented No.1 on country charts. And “Tulsa Time” was his eight No.1 on the country chart. It spent a week on the chart and eleven weeks on top 40.
Indeed, the song was Williams’ ninth No.9 song on the country charts. On the Billboard Hot Country Singles, it became No.1 on September 29, 1979. September, the 9th month of the year.
Don Williams himself wrote the song and released it in December 1979. Additionally, “Love Me Over Again” is a part of his album “Portrait.” On February 16, 1980, the song became No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart making it as his 10th No.1 song on the said chart. It spent a total of 1 week at No.1 and 12 weeks on the country chart.
In 1980, Williams again had his record-breaking song both locally and internationally. He released "I Believe in You" which was a 12-week number one track and it was also believed to have conquered New Zealand after it ranked 38th biggest hit songs of 1981.
"Lord, I Hope This Day is Good" is a song written by Dave Hanner, and recorded by American country music artist Don Williams. It was released in November 1981 as the third single from the album Especially for You. "Lord, I Hope This Day is Good" was Don Williams' twelfth number one on the country chart.
Bob McDill is the songwriter behind “ If Hollywood Don't Need You.” McDill wrote most of William's songs. On the other hand, the song was released in November 1982 as the 3rd single from Williams’ album “Listen To The Radio.” It became Williams’ 13th No.1 songs on the country charts.
Roger Cook and John Prine were the songwriters behind "Love Is On A Roll." Furthermore, it was released in March 1983 as the first single of Don Williams’ album entitled “Yellow Moon”. Due to its huge positive response from the country music enthusiasts, it became No.1 on the country charts, making it as Williams’ 14th No.1 song of his career.
Don Williams recorded his version. As a matter of fact, the hit was William’s fifteenth No.1 song on the country charts. It stayed on the charts for a total number of thirteen weeks.
This is the 16th No.1 song of Don Williams on the country charts. The song maintained its rank for the entire week and a total of 12 weeks on the chart. In addition, Richard Leigh and Gary Nicholson were the songwriters behind "That's The Thing About Love".
Dave Loggins and Russell Smith are the people behind the lyrics. The song is Don Williams’ seventeenth No.1 song on the country charts. Also, it spent a whole week at No.1 on the chart.
Here are some of the videos of Don Williams accepting his awards.
Back in 1978, Don Williams was one of the nominated country artists for “Male Vocalist of the Year,” along with Larry Gatlin, Ronnie Milsap, Willie Nelson, and Kenny Rogers at the Country Music Association Awards. The presenter was Dolly Parton.
Moreover, in 1979, Don Williams won the “Single of the Year” for the song “Tulsa Time" at Academy of Country Music Awards.
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