The Country Music Hall of Famer, known for his smooth baritone, gentle soft voice, died after a short illness.
Webster PR wrote:
A native of Floydada, Texas, Williams was born May 27, 1939. He grew up in Portland, TX, graduating there in 1958. Music had always been a part of his upbringing, entering – and winning - a talent contest when he was just three years old. For his efforts, Williams received an alarm clock. He began playing guitar during his teen-age years, learning the songs that he heard on the radio during that period. He and his friends played in local bands around the area, and he wed wife Joy Bucher on April 10, 1960.
To support his family – which would grow to include two sons, Gary and Timmy – Williams worked at a number of odd jobs, including oil field work, and also as a bill collector. While living in Corpus Christi in 1964, he formed the folk-styled trio The Pozo Seco Singers with Lofton Cline and Susan Taylor. They stayed together for seven years, with their biggest hit being “Time.”
Earlier this year, the singer was the subject of a tribute album, Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams, that included performances of his hits by artists such as Lady Antebellum and Garth Brooks.
ALSO: Troy Gentry, of country band Montgomery Gentry, died in a helicopter crash today in New Jersey. He was 50.
The duo was schedule to perform tonight at the Flying W Airport & Resort in Medford... but obviously the show is now cancelled.
Montgomery Gentry confirmed his death took place around 1pm, via twitter.com.
Below are more deaths for the month of September - for the full death list: Musicians who died in 2017.