Don Williams Passes Away at 78

Country music is morning “The Gentle Giant.”

Don Williams has passed away after a short illness, his publicist confirms in a press release.

The country great made his chart debut with “The Shelter of Your Eyes” in 1973 and earned his first No. 1 song in 1974 with “I Wouldn’t Want To Live If You Didn’t Love Me.”

Mr. Williams went on to garner hits with “Tulsa Time,” “Stay Young,” “If Hollywood Don’t Need You” and “One Good Well”—just to name a few.

He was named the Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association in 1978 and made appearances in two movies, 1974’s W.W. and The Dixie Dancekings and 1980’s Smokey and the Bandit II.

Funeral arrangements are pending. Mr. Williams was 78.

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