by Bob Paxman | September 8, 2017
Don Williams Dead at 78
Don Williams, who parlayed a smooth baritone singing style into country music stardom, died on Sept. 8 following a short illness at age 78. “The Gentle Giant,” as he was often known, was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame and won the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year award in 1978.
In 2010, Don was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame, but was unable to attend the ceremony due to an illness. During the induction program, Alison Krauss described Don’s unique voice as, “Somewhere between Santa and the Almighty.”
As his fans and fellow singers will easily concur, Don Williams was a giant among artists.