Country music fans are in mourning today after the death of legendary singer Don Williams. He was 78 years-old.
Daily Mail reported that Williams had 16 number one hits during his career, which spanned over six decades. He first gained fame as a member of the folk trio the Pozo Seco Singers, which had a string of hits in the 60s, before he struck out alone.
Williams’ best known songs include the tracks Tulsa Time, Back in My Younger Days, You’re My Best Friend, Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good, and Some Broken Hearts Never Mend. He continued performing until 2016, when he retired to get hip surgery for an undisclosed condition.
“It’s time to hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home. I’m so thankful for my fans, my friends and my family for their everlasting love and support,” Williams said in a statement.
Back in May, Williams was the subject of a tribute album, Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams. The project was overseen by Garth Fundis, who produced many of Williams’ biggest hits.
“He never let himself stray from what he felt about music. I think that’s where the consistency comes from,” Fundis said of Williams. “It had to work for him in a simple way. Sometimes, we do orchestrations and get a lot of instruments going, but it was usually pretty simple. He always was the rudder that kept the bowel pointed in the right direction, to use a sailing term. It was wonderful how he could always take different kinds of songs, and by the time he was done with them, they all kind of fit together in a really wonderful way.”
Rest in peace, Don Williams!