Legendary country singer Don Williams passed away today at the age of 78. He started his solo career back in 1971, producing 17 number one country hits during a career that has spanned over four decades. In 2010, Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, to commemorate a lifetime of success.
Williams was born in Floydada, Texas, on May 27, 1939. He first began his music career as a part of folk-pop group known as Pozo-Seco Singers. But he would achieve his greatest success on his own, creating hits such as “You’re My Best Friend,” “Tulsa Time,” and his biggest hit “I Believe In You,” which reached the top of the country charts and #24 on the Hot 100 in 1981.
Williams originally retired in 2006, but returned to country music in 2010. That year, he made a return to touring and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He performed his very last show in 2016.
According to Williams’ representative, the legendary country singer passed away after a short illness. Don is survived by his wife of 57 years and their two sons.
Rest in peace, Don Williams.