Don Williams, Country’s “Gentle Giant”: 1939 – 2017

Don Williams, the Country Music Hall of Famer known as the “Gentle Giant,” died Friday, September 8th, after a short illness. An internationally popular country star, Williams recorded dozens of hit songs, such as “Tulsa Time,” “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good” and “It Must Be Love.”

Some of the other known standards of Williams’ catalog include “We Should Be Together,” which became the singer’s first Top Five hit; his first #1 single, “I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me”; “You’re My Best Friend” and “I Believe In You”.

However, it was the song included below that this writer has loved since I first heard it in 1976.  It was covered by no less than Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane and is not only a masterpiece, but a work of perfection.  To me, “Till The Rivers All Run Dry” was Don Willliams at his finest – which is what made him my favorite country singer.

Farewell, Gentle Giant.  And thank you for gracing us with your songs.