Don Williams is indeed one of a kind. He can already be considered as a legend. In fact, he is a standard in the country music scene. His great music and legacy are an inspiration to our present country music artists. “The Gentle Giant” creates mellow and warm sounds. Perhaps, it’s due to his smooth-baritone voice. However, there is one distinct song he recorded and that is “Tulsa Time.” The song has a different sound compared to his other songs. The song is perhaps Don Williams’ most rockin’ and groovin’ performance.
Danny Flowers wrote the words and lyrics of “Tulsa Time.” Don Williams recorded and released the song in October 1978. It was part of his album “Expressions.” The song was truly one of “The Gentle Giant’s” bests. It has received excellent reviews and massive response from the country music obsessives.
Moreover, “Tulsa Time” peaked at number one spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on January 6, 1979. With this, it became Don Williams’ eighth number one track on the said chart.
The track is one of William’s songs that was covered a few times. Most notably by Eric Clapton. He recorded his version in 1978 from his album “Backless.” On the other hand, Clapton recorded a live version of his album “Just One Night,” and it became N0.30 on Billboard in 1980.
Moreover, Reba McEntire recorded her rendition in 1995 for her album “Starting Over.” But due to uncertainties, the song was not included on the final release. It is, later, included on her album “Comfort From A Country Quilt” in 1999.
In 2010, Jason Boland and the Stragglers, recorded “Tulsa Time” for their live album “High In The Rockies.” Few months after Williams’ death, Brothers Osborne sang the song to commemorate him during the 51st Annual Country Music Association Awards on November 8, 2017.
Don Ray Williams is indeed “The Gentle Giant of Country Music.” He earned his title due to his smooth bass-baritone voice, soft tones, and striking physique. All throughout his career, Don Williams was known for two things, consistency, and great music. From 1973 to 1991, he provided us with remarkable songs and performances.
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