Country singer Don Williams was called “The Gentle Giant” by fans and in every way he lived up to the name. He was a kind and gracious family man who was deeply appreciative of his fans. Last March Williams announced he was going to “hang up [his] hat and enjoy so quiet time at home,” and in this morning’s paper we read that he died in Mobile, Alabama at the age of seventy-eight.
Although he had a remarkable number of #1 hits on the country music chart, Williams only hit the top forty once, with “I Believe in You” in 1981 (a classic song which has already appeared here on the Hymies blog). His music holds a special place in our hearts not only for its consistently positive message, but because Williams was a favorite of Dave’s brother, who passed away in an accident nearly ten years ago. As an unfortunate coincidence, Don Williams also lost a brother in an accident when he was young.
His albums are hardly best-sellers these days, but we were pretty happy to have a copy of his 1981 album Especially For You in the shop this morning so we start our day with this song. Thanks for reading — we hope you enjoy this beautiful Saturday, but it you choose to step out of the sunshine for a while we’ll be here.