- Name: Don Williams
- Age at Death: 78 years old
- Height: 6ft 1in (186 cm)
- Occupation: Singer
- Net Worth: US $10 Million
- Status: Deceased
Don Williams was an American country singer, songwriter and guitarist. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. His discography includes 25 studio albums, 13 compilation albums and 21 #1 hit singles. He also spent a few years with the folk-pop group Pozo-Seco Singers. Williams was born May 27, 1939 in Floydada, Texas. His father was a mechanic and his mother played the guitar. He grew up in Portland, Texas, where he attended Gregory-Portland High School. He graduated in 1958.
Williams was drawn to music from a young age. He competed and won his first local talent contest when he was 3. He began playing the guitar as a teenager with the help of his mother. He worked several odd jobs including as a bill collector, a bread truck driver, and in furniture retailing. He also served in the U.S. Army from 1957 to 1959. Williams formed the Pozo-Seco Singers in 1964. The other members were Lofton Kline and Susan Taylor. The Pozo-Seco Singers released 5 studio albums and 12 singles. Their first 3 albums, Time (1966), I Can Make It With You (1967) and Shades of Time (1968), were released by Columbia Records. The group disbanded in 1969. The album ‘Follow Me Back to Louisville’ was released in 2016 as Don Williams & The Pozo-Seco Singers.
Williams embarked on his solo career in 1971. He worked as a songwriter for Jack Music Publishing before landing a recording contract with JMI Records. His debut album, Don Williams Volume One, was released in June 1973. It peaked at #5 on the Top Country Albums chart. He gained early attention with the song “The Shelter of Your Eyes”. Williams’ first chart topping single “I Wouldn’t Want to Live if You Didn’t Love Me” was released in 1974. Several other hits followed including “I Believe in You” (1980) and “Lord I Hope This Day is Good” (1982). Williams worked with several labels including ABC/Dot Records, MCA Records, Capitol Records, RCA Nashville and Sugar Hill Records. He released a total of 25 studio albums, 13 compilation albums and 2 live albums. 21 of his 62 singles peaked at #1 on the Billboard Country chart. Williams was named “Male Vocalist of the Year” in 1978 by the Country Music Association. In 1980, he was dubbed “Country Music Star of the Decade” in Europe. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in February 2010.
In addition to music, Williams appeared in a few films. He was cast as “Leroy” in W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings (1975) starring Burt Reynolds. He had a small role in Smokey and the Bandit II (1980) alongside Reynolds and Jackie Gleason. He was also featured in the television series Likely Stories, Vol. 3.PERSONAL
Don Williams died on September 8, 2017 at the age of 78. According to his publicist, Kirt Webster, the cause of death was emphysema. Williams was married to ‘Joy Bucher’ from April 1960 until his death. They had two sons, Gary and Tim. He is also survived by 4 grandchildren. Williams was about 6ft 1in tall and he was known for his mellow bass-baritone singing voice. He was nicknamed the “Gentle Giant”. His net worth was estimated at $10 million.
Don Williams Age, Birthday, Salary, Wiki
- Birth Name: Don Williams
- Birthday: May 27, 1939
- Place of Birth: Floydada, Texas, United States
- Zodiac Sign: Gemini
- How Tall : Height: 6ft 1in (186 cm)
- Occupation: Singer, Songwriter
- Years Active: 1964-2016
- Net Worth & Salary: US $10 Million
- Marriage(s): Joy Bucher
- Death-O-Meter: Alive
- Died: September 8, 2017
- Cause of Death: Emphysema
- Place of Death: Mobile, Alabama, U.S.