Country Music Hall of Famer Dies at 78 Following Short Illness

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September 08, 2017Sep 08, 2017

This has been a tragic week for country music fans. On Wednesday, Jo Dee Messina announced her cancer diagnosis. On Friday afternoon, Troy Gentry was killed in a tragic helicopter accident. Now, another tragedy has struck. 

Texas native Don Williams has passed away at the age of 78. The "Gentle Giant" was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.  

Williams was born in 1939 and formed a love for music by the age of three. During his teenage years, he played in a band with friends. In 1960, he married his wife, Joy.

The trio he was a part of in the 1960s hit the Billboard Hot 100 six different times. Eventually, the singer went to Nashville to be a part of JMI Records. 

Every song that Williams released between 1974 and 1991 hit no lower than No. 22 on the Hot Country Songs chart. In 1978, he was named the Male Vocalist of the Year by the Country Music Association.

His success continued, and the chart numbers show for it. Overall, he had 45 top 10 hits and 17 No. 1's. Williams retired from music in 2016.

In a tribute album for Williams, Garth Fundis praised him for his amazing work over the years.

He said“He never let himself stray from what he felt about music. I think that’s where the consistency comes from. 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.”

Don Williams passed away on Friday, September 8. The singer's PR team confirmed his death, saying that he passed away after having a "short illness." No other details have been released. 

Did you love this singer? Let us know your thoughts and prayers for his family on Facebook. In other breaking news, the 13-year-old singer on America's Got Talent gave a heartfelt tribute to her dad who died from cancer just days before her final performance.

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