Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams dies at 78 - WSMV News 4

Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams dies at 78

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Don Williams performs during the All for the Hall concert in 2012, in Nashville (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey) Don Williams performs during the All for the Hall concert in 2012, in Nashville (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Country Music Hall of Famer Don Williams has died, his publicist announced on Friday.

Williams died after a short illness. He was 78 years old.

Williams was born in Floydada, TX, on May 27, 1939. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

Williams was considered one of country music’s greatest voices, as well as one of its shyest. His nickname was the “Gentle Giant.”

His gentle baritone was beloved by fans across the world, including Africa and Europe.

Williams had his first hit with “The Shelter of Your Eyes” in 1973. Some of his most well-known chart toppers include “Tulsa Time,” “She Never Knew Me” and “It Must Be Love.” In total, he had 17 No. 1 hits.

In 1978, Williams was named male vocalist of the year by the Country Music Association. He retired in 2016 after a prolific career.

Arrangements have not yet been announced.

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