Don Williams is a country music singer and songwriter born May 27, 1939, in Floydada, Texas. After seven years with the folk-pop group Pozo Seco Singers, he began his solo career in 1971, churning out popular ballads with 17 number one hits. His straightforward vocals, soft ballads and an imposing build earned him the nickname, the gentle giant of country music.
Early CareerHe began playing guitar as a teenager, which he learnt from his mother. While a teenager, he used to play with country, rock and folk bands. He formed his first band with Lofton Kline and in 1964, recruited Susan Taylor, they formed the Pozo Seco Singers, a folk-pop group. The band after signing a contract with Columbia Records had a series of hits in the Top 50's till late 1966. The group disbanded in 1971, at which point, Don Williams embarked on his successful solo career.
Solo CareerWilliams initially started out as a songwriter for Jack Music Inc., since he lacked belief about going solo but then signed with JMI as a solo artist. His 1974 song We Should Be Together reached number five and he was signed on with ABC/Dot. His first single with ABC/Dot, I Wouldn't Want to Live If You Didn't Love Me, that a became a number one hit, was the first one string of top ten hits he had between 1974 and 1991. In fact, only four of his 46 singles didn't make it to the Top Ten. As of late 2005, Williams was still an active touring act throughout the United States and Canada.
RecognitionIn 1978, Don Williams was the Country Music Association's Male Vocalist of the Year and his Tulsa Time was named Single of the Year. His songs have been recorded by artists such as Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, Lefty Frizzell, Sonny James, Charley Pride, Kenny Rogers, and Pete Townshend.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.
Don Williams Facts
|Birthday||May 27, 1939 (82)|
|Birthplace||Floydada, Texas, USA|