I bet you remember “I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me,” “You’re My Best Friend,” “I Believe in You,” and many more. Those are some of the greatest hits of Don Williams. His imposing height and warm, smooth bass-baritone voice, soft tones bestowed him the nickname “Gentle Giant.”
But before the hits mentioned above Don Williams, he first released “Shelter Of Your Eyes” in 1973. The song was part of his album “Don Williams, Volume One.” Additionally, Williams was the songwriter of the song.
Furthermore, he was 34 years old when he released the album and the song. He was one of the new bright, young recording stars at that time. Williams started his solo career in 1971 after his group Pozo-Seco has disbanded.
A Bit ‘Bout 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 to play the guitar at the age of twelve. He performed and played in a variety of country, rockabilly, folk, and rock and 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 projects for Crystal Gayle, Garth Brooks, and many more.
However, other artists were reluctant to record some of Williams’ song. With this, Jack Clement decided to sign him up as an artist to 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.
In the course of his career, he had a total of 17 hits that became number 1. Only 4 of his songs didn’t make it to top 10.
Here is a raw video of the “Gentle Giant” when he performed “Shelter of your Eyes” in 1973.
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Remembering “The Gentle Giant” Of Country Music: Don Williams
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