Don Williams, country music's Gentle Giant, dies at 78, reports say

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On Friday night, news of the death of legendary country music singer, Don Williams spread to our part of the world. Williams debuted on the country charts in 1973, with "The Shelter of Your Eyes", the same year in which he released his first album, Don Williams Volume One.

Speaking of Williams earlier this year, Bonnie "Prince" Billy said: "Don Williams is known as the gentle giant". He finally retired for good in 2016 after four decades of performing, inspiring artists like Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, Alan Jackson and Alison Krauss.

Williams was born in Floydada, Texas on May 27, 1939, and was raised in Portland, where he learned to play the guitar from his mother. It's music to grow old with, songs that offer solace in troubled times, but it also was a music that Don Williams himself could grow old within.

Eric Clapton (who covered "Tulsa Time") and Pete Townshend were fans.

According to details, Being nicknamed Gentle Giant, the artiste had sung several hit numbers like "It Must Be Love". He initially started performing in a duo called "Strangers Two" with singer Lofton Kline in Corpus Christi and then later they formed the folk-pop trio "Pozo-Seco Singers" with Susan Taylor. "That song still gives me goosebumps every time I listen to it". He also appeared in two movies, "W. W. and Dixie Dancekings" (1975) and "Smokey and the Bandit II" (1980).

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"Still, albums may not be the best way to appreciate Don Williams" legacy, and not just because so many of his original LPs are now unavailable digitally.

The singer announced his retirement a year ago, saying he wanted to "hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home". "We Should Be Together", another single, was released in 1974 and became his first Top Five hit.

Williams performed his final concert a year ago and had been living in Ashland City.

Below are some of the heartfelt condolences and tributes on social media space by the fans of the music legend.

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