It was back in 1973 when Don Williams rose to stardom. At that time, he released his very first album entitled “Don Williams Volume One.” It has gained positive response from the audience, especially from the country music obsessives. Then, he gained his title “The Gentle Giant of Country Music.”
Don Williams Volume One included his very first recognized singles such as “I Recall A Gypsy Woman,” “Come Early Morning,” “The Shelter Of Your Eyes,” “Amanda,” and many more. Fortunately, because of the album and the singles, he was able to penetrate the depth of country music. He then continued releasing more singles and album.
And in the span of his career, he already proved his worth by gaining awards from Academy of Country Music and Country Music Association. Also, he was an inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. But most of all, he has earned the respect of the people inside and outside of the country music scheme.
Don Williams Volume One was released in June 1973 under JMI label. The album includes ten tracks all in all, and it has produced four top charting singles. The songwriters were Bob McDill, Allen Reynolds, Dolores Nance, Jody Reynolds, and the “Gentle Giant” himself, Don Williams.
Over the years Don Williams has made some exceptional records but none better than this. And, listening to his very first records truly worth of our time remembering his legacy.
Primarily, Don Williams recorded and released “Amanda” in 1973 from his album “Volume One.” Bob McDill is the songwriter behind the song “Amanda.” It was the flipside of his other song “Come Early Morning” of the same album which was also a successful single in that year. Moreover, Williams’ performance reached No.33 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
On the other hand, “Amanda” was recorded by Waylon Jennings in 1974. It became his eighth No.1 song on the country charts. Also, it spent a total of three weeks at No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
I Recall A Gypsy Woman…
“I Recall a Gypsy Woman” is a song written by Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds. Don Williams recorded the song in 1973. Back in 1976, at the height of the country and western in Britain, his version plotted at No.13 on the UK Singles Chart. At that time, it was the highest and the best position for Williams on the said chart.
Furthermore, the song was previously the B-side of Williams’ 1973 single “Atta Way to Go,” which peaked at No.13 on the Hot Country Songs charts in 1973.
Come Early Morning…
Bob McDill was the songwriter behind “Come Early Morning.” The song reached No.12 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.
The Shelter Of Your Eyes…
But before the hits mentioned above Don Williams, his first single under the album was “Shelter Of Your Eyes.” Additionally, Williams was the songwriter of the song.
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