Don Williams, The Gentle Giant, Retires From Country Music

Country music icon decides to ‘ride off into the sunset’ while he’s able to enjoy time with his family and friends.

With a career that’s one for the books, the talented icon Don Williams has decided to retire after some health scares (including a hip surgery which cancelled his 2016 tour) the past couple of months. The tall, lanky singer, who earned the Gentle Giant moniker due to his 6-1 frame and six decades of making music which was laid-back and mostly about life and relationships and not partying types of songs, leaves us with hundreds of memorable songs like “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good,” “Just A Country Boy,” “It Must Be Love” (later covered by Alan Jackson), “Amanda” and “I Believe In You.”His run of hits ran from 1974-1991 with at least one major hit per year while he also had pop hits as a member of the folk trio The Pozo Seco Singers.

Williams won the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year in 1978 and scored the ACM Record of the year in 1979 with “Tulsa Time.” In 2010, Don Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He released a pair of critically-acclaimed albums (And So It Goes and Reflections) in the past five years via the Sugar Hill Records label.