Award-winning singer in the country genre, Don Williams who is best remembered for his love ballads like Some Broken Hearts Never Mend has died.
According to a statement by his publicist Kirt Webster, Donald Ray Williams died on Friday after a brief illness. He was 78.
The country legend who enjoyed great success with his easy-going singing style used his mellow sound and rich voice to influence the later generation of singers including Joe Nichols and Josh Turner.
Williams began his solo career in 1971 and amassed 17 number one country hits before he retired in 2016. Some of his hit songs include “I Believe in You,” ″Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good,” ″You’re My Best Friend,” ″Some Broken Hearts Never Mend,” ″Till the Rivers All Run Dry” and “Back in My Younger Days,” and more.
Don Williams was born in Floydada, Texas, on May 27th, 1939 and was raised in Portland, Texas, where he learned guitar from his mother.
The “the Gentle Giant” as he’s popularly called was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. He won the Country Music Association’s awards for best male vocalist and best single for “Tulsa Time” in 1978.
He spent the early part of his career in rock, country and folk groups. He was a founding member of the Pozo Seco Singers, then started a solo career in 1971. His first No. 1 hit was I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me and 42 of his 46 singles landed on the top 10 from 1974 to 1991.
Another country star, Troy Gentry, also died on Friday as a result of a helicopter crash.
The news of the death of 50-year-old Gentry sent shockwaves through the industry and country music fans and artists.
“It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at approximately 1:00 pm today in Medford, New Jersey,” a statement of the band’s website said.
The helicopter’s pilot also died in the incident, but the reasons for the crash remain unclear.