Donald Ray Williams was an American country singer, songwriter, and 2010 inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 number one country hits. His straightforward yet smooth bass-baritone voice, soft tones, and imposing build earned him the nickname: “Gentle Giant” of country music. He was also noted for his “velvet voice.”
|Birth name:||Donald Ray Williams|
|Also known as:||Gentle Giant|
|Born:||May 27, 1939, Floydada, Texas, U.S.|
|Died:||September 08, 2017, Mobile, Alabama, U.S.|
|Instruments:||Vocals, guitar, piano|
|Years active:||1964–2006, 2010–2016|
|Labels:||Columbia, JMI Records, Dot, ABC, MCA, Capitol, RCA, American Harvest, Giant, Koch, Compendia, Sugar Hill Records|
|Associated acts:||Keith Urban, Bob McDill, Dave Pomeroy, Biff Watson, Kenneth Blevins, Terri Hollowell|
|Website:||Don Williams’s Official site|
|Facebook:||Don Williams’s Facebook profile|
|IMDb:||Don Williams’s IMDb|
About Don Williams
Country singer known for I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me, The Shelter of Your Eyes, and other hit songs.
He played guitar when he was a teenager with country, rock n’ roll, and folk bands. His first band was The Strangers Two with Lofton Kline.
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
He married Joy Bucher in 1960. The couple had two sons together.
His songs were covered by many artists, including Johnny Cash.
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- Members of the Country Music Association
- Country Music Hall of Fame inductees
- Grand Ole Opry members
- American acoustic guitarists
- MCA Records artists
- Country musicians from Texas
- American country guitarists
- Singers from Texas
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