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Like Mickey Newbury or Kris Kristofferson, Don Williams was someone who helped change the sound of country in the 1970s. Where Newbury played the heartstrings and Kristofferson influenced his influences, Williams was a hit machine. He had 17 number ones during his career, 14 of which surface here in chronological order. ("Til The Rivers All Run Dry," "Stay Young" and "Heartbeat In Darkness" are absent.) Williams crossed into the pop charts by infusing his countrypolitan sound with timely trends of pop. 1973's "Amanda" boasts a Beach Boys inspired vocal harmony and a wah-wah guitar. And with its four on the floor rock strut, handclaps, and Rhodes jazz piano, "Tulsa Time" was going for the Urban Cowboy sound that guys like Mickey Gilley and Eddie Rabbitt were making popular. "Love Is On A Roll" surfs on the beachy country style that Jimmy Buffett forged and 1984's "That's The Thing About Love" has a sax that sounds so indicative of New York in the '80s that you can almost picture the saxophonist wearing a blazer with his sleeves rolled up and a skinny Keith Haring necktie.

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How could you go wrong with Don Williams!?!

A true country superstar (even though he evidently didn't believe in such things). The flood of memories you'll get by listening to this album makes it worth the price. If you're too young to remember Don Williams on the radio you owe it to yourself to check him out.

Gotta love it

I love Don William's voice. It is so soothing, almost like a lullaby, especially in 'I Believe In Love". He has somethin special, because come on, i'm 14 and I love his music. I totally recommend this album.

Takes me back...

Oh this album takes me back to my childhood, remembering my Grandma's love for his music. Only now I get to hear it all without the pops n scratches from the vinal records (the larger round disks brought out before CD's...) I find that I know the words to most all these, just by remembering. A gentle giant in song...he's still big enough to remember after all these years.


Born: May 27, 1939 in Floydada, TX

Genre: Country

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

With his laid-back, straightforward vocals and large, imposing build, Don Williams came to be known as "the Gentle Giant." That nickname was bestowed on him in the early '70s, when he began a string of countrypolitan hits that ran into the early '90s. Williams was never known as an innovator, but his ballads were immensely popular; in the course of his career, he had a total of 17 number one hits. Williams began playing guitar when he was child, learning the instrument from his mother. As a teenager,...
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