June 26

A Remembrance From The Gentle Giant Don Williams, “It’s Who You Love”

Don Williams

The “Gentle Giant” Don Williams may not be physically with us, but his existence can be felt through his great music. We can still hark back to him by listening to his preserved work of arts. “It’s Who You Love” is a remembrance from him that we can ponder on every time his memories flashback. Indeed, he’s a legend worth remembering and loving to hear over and over.

In the course of William’s career, he has offered his music to the country music obsessives wholeheartedly. Also, he was able to penetrate the lives of the people through his inspiring story and songs. Those songs made us believe about real love, swept off our feet, and understood the difficulty of life. These were all mainly what the “Gentle Giant” injected in us with the melodies he catered.

It’s Who You Love…

Charlie Black, Kieran Kane, and Rory Michael Bourke were the songwriters behind the words and lyrics of “It’s Who You Love.” It was released in March 1992 as part of Williams’ album “Currents.” Moreover, it was his last album for RCA Records. It was Williams’ album to use the water as a metaphor or setting. Unfortunately, the album lacked response from the listeners. Nevertheless, “It’s Who You Love” still one of the “Gentle Giant’s” best singles.

The Gentle Giant…

Don Williams

Don Ray Williams was born on May 27, 1939, in Floydada, Texas. Williams grew up in Portland, Texas and graduated from Gregory-Portland High School in 1958.

His mother taught him how to play the guitar at the age of twelve. He performed and played in a variety of country, rockabilly, folk, and rock & roll bands as a teenager. Before joining “The Pozo Seco Singers” which had six pop chart hits in 1966 to 1967, he was first a member of the “Strangers Two” with Lofton Kline. All the groups he joined had successful hits. After the group disbanded, Williams went back to Texas to sell furniture at his father’s store.

Back in 1971, Williams went back to music and signed a contract as a songwriter for Jack Clement to Jack Music Publishing Company. He recorded demos for songwriter-producer Allen Reynolds, who later went to help in the projects for Crystal Gayle, Garth Brooks, and many more.

Don Williams

However, other artists were reluctant to record some of Williams’ song. With this, Jack Clement decided to sign him up as an artist in his JMI Records. He then recorded his very first track “Don’t You Believe.” In 1974, Williams released his song “We Should Be Together” which peaked No.5. Later that year, his song “I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me” became his No.1 hit.

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