Don Williams was an American singer and songwriter who is remembered for having produced a soulful discography which included a number of popular albums, compilations albums, and singles such as Just as Long as I Have You, Lord Have Mercy on a Country Boy, Back in My Younger Days, I Believe in You, Cafe Carolina, And So It Goes, The Shelter of Your Eyes, I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me, and The Best of Don Williams, Volume II.
He was born on May 27, 1939.
Don Williams passed away on September 8, 2017, at the age of 78 in Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama, United States due to emphysema.
Don Williams was represented by Don Williams Music Group, Company, Ventura, Ventura County, California, United States.
Country, American Folk
Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Bass
Columbia Records, JMI Records, Dot Records, ABC Records, MCA Records, Capitol Records, RCA Records, American Harvest, Giant, Koch, Compendia, Sugar Hill Records
Girlfriend / Spouse
Don Williams had dated –
- Joy Bucher (1960-2017) – He married Joy Bucher in the year 1960 and the duo remained together until his death. They were also blessed with 2 sons, namely, Tim Williams and Gary Williams.
- Smooth bass-baritone voice
- Soothing tones
- Always wore a hat
Don Williams Facts
- Before becoming a part of Pozo-Seco Singers, he served with the United States Army Security Agency for 2 years. Also, until Don Williams joined Pozo-Seco Singers, he used to work a couple of odd jobs to support his family.
- His Pozo-Seco Singers groupmates included Lofton Kline, Taylor Pie, and Ron Shaw and the first album released by Pozo-Seco Singers in 1966 was titled Time. The album was released via Columbia Records and was ranked at number #127 in the Billboard 200 chart.
- Don Williams left Pozo-Seco Singers in 1969 along with Taylor Pie and the band disbanded the following year.
- He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010 by the Country Music Association.
- Apart from the United States, his fan base extended to places like the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Ukraine, India, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Namibia, and Zimbabwe.
- Don Williams had also appeared in a couple of shows and films like The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings, The Porter Wagoner Show, The Mike Douglas Show, and Likely Stories, Vol. 3.
- His popular tracks have been covered by various other musicians including Johnny Cash, , Claude Russell Bridges, Sonny James, , Billy Dean, and .
- It was reported by The New York Times Magazine on June 25, 2019, that Don Williams was one of the many artists whose material was reportedly destroyed in the 2008 Universal fire.
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Facts of Donald Ray Williams
- Gender Male
- full nameDonald Ray Williams
- middle nameRay
- nicknamesDon, Gentle Giant
- birthplaceFloydada, Floyd County, Texas, United States
- Date of Birth May 27, 1939
- Age 82 years 6 months
- Horoscope Gemini
- Lucky Number 9
- Lucky Stone Agate
- Lucky Color Yellow
- Best Match for Marriage Leo, Aquarius, Libra
- net worth$1 million
- professionSinger, Songwriter, Actor, TV Personality
- weight74 kg or 163 lbs
- height6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
- hair colorSalt and Pepper
- eye colorBlue
- body type / buildSlim
- high schoolGregory-Portland High School
- motherLoveta Mae
- fatherJames Andrew “Jim” Williams