• The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson: 'Real Country Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)

  • Gene Watson: 'Back in the Fire & At Last' (Morello Records, 2016) / this album was officially released on Friday 11 November 2016

  • Gene Watson's Calendar

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson Guitars by Summey

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson at The Opry in Nashville

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

Management


Lytle Management Group
P.O. Box 128228
Nashville, TN 37212
Contact Sarah Brosmer
Telephone 615-770-2688

Bookings



Battle Artist Agency
8887 Horton Highway,
College Grove, TN
Contact Rob Battle
office: 615-368-7433
mobile: 615-957-3444

Webster PR



Webster Public Relations
, PO Box 23015, Nashville, TN 37202

Contact Scott Adkins
Telephone 615-777-6995



Gene Watson's Peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!

All of Gene Watson's Peers, who were contacted by The Gene Watson Fan Site, during 2006, were most gracious with their time and words.

It is here, within this special part of The Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Don Williams, which he submitted to this site on Friday 27 October 2006.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Don Williams who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.



Don Williams
This quote was submitted on Friday 27 October 2006.

'Gene Watson has one of the finest voices in country music'.

Thank you, Don Williams, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Don Williams...



Don Williams was born in Floydada, Texas on Saturday 27 May 1939 and grew up in Portland, near Corpus Christi.

Don Williams' mother taught him his first five or six chords on guitar and, during his teenage years, he picked out songs after hearing them on the radio.

Don Williams, who made his professional debut at the age of seventeen, is regarded by many as 'The Gentle Giant of Country Music'.

Don Williams spent much of his childhood in Corpus Christi, Texas; his father was a mechanic whose job took him to other regions, his mother played guitar and Don grew up listening to country music.

Don Williams and Lofton Kline formed a semi-professional folk group called Strangers Two and then, with the addition of Susan Taylor, they became The Pozo-Seco Singers ('pozo-seco' is a geological term to denote a dry well).

Handled by Bob Dylan's manager Albert Grossman, they enjoyed major pop music hit singles in the United States with 'Time', 'I Can Make it with You' and 'Look What You've Done'.

Following Lofton Kline's departure, they employed several replacements, resulting in a lack of musical direction.

After Don Williams had failed to turn the trio towards country music, they disbanded in 1971.

Don Williams then worked for his father-in-law in the furniture business in Texas.  However, Don Williams decided to move to Nashville and hooked up with producer Allen Reynolds and song-writer Bob McDill.



Dickey Lee recorded Don Williams' 'Baby Bye Bye' and included the track on 'Baby Bye Bye' (RCA Victor Records, 1972).



In June 1973, Don Williams saw the release of his debut album, 'Don Williams, Volume I' (JMI Records, 1973), on the fledgling JMI Records label, which was owned by Cowboy Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013) - JMI stood for Jack Music Incorporated.

Don Williams' debut album, 'Don Williams, Volume 1 (JMI Records, 1973), included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'The Shelter of Your Eyes' (written by Don Williams) (No.14, 1973)
'Come Early Morning' (written by Bob McDill) (No.12, 1973)

Don Williams' debut album, 'Don Williams, Volume 1 (JMI Records, 1973), also included the following tracks:

'Too Late to Turn Back Now' (written by Don Williams and Allen Reynolds)
'Endless Sleep' (written by Judy Reynolds and Dolores Nace)
'I Recall a Gypsy Woman' (written by Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds) / in 1976, this track became Don Williams' biggest hit single in the United Kingdom, reaching No.13
'No Use Running' (written by Don Williams)
'How Much Time Does It Take' (written by Don Williams)
'My Woman's Love' (written by Don Williams)
'Don't You Believe' (written by Don Williams)
'Amanda' (written by Bob McDill) (No.33, 1973)

Don Williams' debut album, 'Don Williams, Volume I' (JMI Records, 1973), reached No.5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1973.



Dickey Lee recorded Don Williams' 'Shelter of Your Eyes' and included the track on 'Crying Over You' (RCA Victor Records, 1973); The Gary S. Paxton Singers, Allen Reynolds and Don Williams provided background vocals on the album.



Charley Pride recorded Don Williams' 'Shelter of Your Eyes' and included the track on 'Sweet Country' (RCA Records, 1973).



Charley Pride recorded Don Williams' 'If She Just Helps Me Get Over You' (co-written with Allen Reynolds) and included the track on 'Amazing Love' (RCA Records, 1973).



In January 1974, Don Williams saw the release of his second album, 'Don Williams, Volume II' (JMI Records, 1974), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Atta Way to Go' (written by Don Williams) (No.13, 1974) / this track was the 'B' side of this single was 'I Recall a Gypsy Woman' (written by Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds)
'We Should Be Together' (written by Allen Reynolds) (No.5, 1974)
'Down The Road I Go' (written by Don Williams) (No.62, 1974)

Don Williams' second album, 'Don Williams, Volume II' (JMI Records, 1974), also included the following tracks:

'Wish I was in Nashville' (written by Bob McDill)
'Your Sweet Love' (written by Don Williams)
'She's in Love with a Rodeo Man' (written by Bob McDill)
'Loving You So Long Now' (written by Allen Reynolds)
'Oh Misery' (written by Don Williams)
'Miller's Cave', which was written by Cowboy Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
'I Don't Think About Her No More', which was written by Mickey Newbury (Sunday 19 May 1940 - Sunday 29 September 2002)

Don Williams' second album, 'Don Williams, Volume II' (JMI Records, 1974), reached No.13 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1974.



On Monday 30 January 2012, England's Hux Records released Don Williams' 'Don Williams: Volume 1' (JMI Records, 1973) and 'Don Williams: Volume 2' (JMI Records, 1974) as a special '2-for-1' CD set (HUX128).



Charley Pride recorded Don Williams' 'Which Way Do We Go' (co-written with Allen Reynolds) and included the track on 'Country Feeling' (RCA Records, 1974).



Lynn Anderson (Friday 26 September 1947 - Thursday 30 July 2015) recorded Don Williams' 'I'm Not That Good at Goodbye' (co-written with Bob McDill) and included the track on 'Smile For Me' (Columbia Records, 1974).



Johnny Russell (Tuesday 23 January 1940 - Tuesday 3 July 2001) recorded Don Williams' 'Too Late to Turn Back Now' (co-written with Allen Reynolds) and included the track on 'She's in Love with a Rodeo Man' (RCA Records, 1974).



Jean Shepard (Tuesday 21 November 1933 - Sunday 25 September 2016) recorded Don Williams' 'I'm Not That Good at Goodbye' (co-written with Bob McDill) and included the track on 'I'll Do Anything It Takes' (United Artists Records, 1974).



Johnny Rodriguez recorded Don Williams' 'I'm Not That Good at Goodbye' (co-written with Bob McDill) and included the track on 'Songs about Ladies & Love' (Mercury Records, 1974).



On Friday 5 February 2016, England's Hux Records released Johnny Rodriguez's 'Songs about Ladies & Love' (Mercury Records, 1974) and 'My Third Album' (Mercury Records, 1974) as a special '2-for-1' CD set (HUX148).



On Wednesday 25 September 1974, Don Williams saw the release of his third album, 'Don Williams: Volume 3' (ABC / Dot Records, 1974), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'I Wouldn't Want to Live if You Didn't Love Me' (written by Alan Turney) (No.1 for one week in September 1974)
'The Ties That Bind', which was written by Clyde Otis (Thursday 11 September 1924 - Tuesday 8 January 2008) and Vin Corso (No.4, 1974)

Don Williams' third album, 'Don Williams: Volume 3' (ABC / Dot Records, 1974), also included the following tracks:

'Fly Away' (written by Don Williams)
'Ghost Story' (written by Joe Allen)
'Goodbye Really Isn't Good at All' (written by Don Williams)
'Such a Lovely Lady' (written by Don Williams)
'When Will I Ever Learn' (written by Jim Rushing and Wayland Holyfield)
'Why Lord Goodbye' (written by Don Williams)
'I've Turned You to Stone' (written by Jim Rushing)
'Lovin' Understandin' Man' (written by Jim Rushing)

Musicians who were involved in the recording of Don Williams' third album, 'Don Williams: Volume 3' (ABC / Dot Records, 1974), included the following:

Joe Allen (bass)
Jimmy Colvard (1943 - 1977) (electric guitar)
Lloyd Green (steel guitar, Dobro)
Shane Keister (keyboard, Moog)
Kenny Malone (drums, marimba)
Tommy Smith (trumpet)
Buddy Spicher (fiddle)
Don Williams and Jimmy Colvard (1943 - 1977) (acoustic guitars)

Don Williams' third album, 'Don Williams: Volume 3' (ABC / Dot Records, 1974), reached No.3 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1974.



In April 1975, Don Williams saw the release of 'You're My Best Friend' (Dot Records, 1975), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'You're My Best Friend' (written by Wayland Holyfield) (No.1 for one week in June 1975)
'(Turn Out The Light and) Love Me Tonight' (written by Bob McDill) (No.1 for one week in November 1975)

Don Williams' 'You're My Best Friend' (Dot Records, 1975) also included the following tracks:

'Help Yourselves to Each Other'
'I Don't Wanna Let Go'
'Sweet Fever'
'Someone Like You'
'Where Are You'
'Tempted'
'You're The Only One'
'Reason to Be'

Don Williams' 'You're My Best Friend' (Dot Records, 1975) reached No.5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1975.



In September 1975, Don Williams saw the release of 'Greatest Hits' (Dot Records, 1975), which included the following tracks:

'Amanda' (written by Bob McDill) (No.33, 1973) / the 'B' side of this track was 'I Recall a Gypsy Woman' (written by Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds)
'Come Early Morning' (written by Bob McDill) (No.12, 1973)
'The Shelter of Your Eyes' (written by Don Williams) (No.14, 1973)
'Atta Way to Go' (written by Don Williams) (No.13, 1974)
'She's in Love with a Rodeo Man' (written by Bob McDill)
'Down The Road I Go' (written by Don Williams) (No.62, 1974)
'I Wouldn't Want to Live if You Didn't Love Me' (written by Alan Turney) (No.1 for one week in September 1974)
'We Should Be Together' (written by Allen Reynolds) (No.5, 1974)
'The Ties That Bind', which was written by Clyde Otis (Thursday 11 September 1924 - Tuesday 8 January 2008) and Vin Corso (No.4, 1974)
'Ghost Story' (written by Joe Allen)
'Don't You Believe' (written by Don Williams)
'I Recall A Gypsy Woman' (written by Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds) / this track was the 'B' side of 'Atta Way to Go' (written by Don Williams), which reached No.13 in 1974



Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 - Friday 12 September 2003) recorded Don Williams' 'Down The Road I Go' and included the track on 'Look at Them Beans' (Columbia Records, 1975).

 

Lefty Frizzell (Saturday 31 March 1928 - Saturday 19 July 1975) recorded Don Williams' 'I'm Not That Good at Goodbye' (co-written with Bob McDill) and included the track on 'The Classic Style' (ABC Records, 1975); the track was also included on Lefty Frizzell's 'The ABC Collection' (ABC Records, 1977).



Dickey Lee recorded Don Williams' 'You Make it Look so Easy' (co-written with Bob McDill) and included the track on 'Rocky' (RCA Victor Records, 1975).



Apart from his major achievements within the country music genre, Don Williams has also appeared in two movies; the first was 'WW & The Dixie Dance Kings' for 20th Century Fox in 1975, which was directed by John G. Avildsen and starred Burt Reynolds (in the title role), Jerry Reed (Saturday 20 March 1937 - Sunday 1 September 2008), Ned Beatty, Don Williams (as Leroy) and Mel Tillis.



On Monday 5 April 1976, Don Williams saw the release of 'Harmony' (Dot Records, 1976), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Till The Rivers All Run Dry' (written by Wayland Holyfield and Don Williams) (No.1 for one week in March / April 1976)
'Say It Again' (written by Bob McDill) (No.1 for one week in August 1976)
'She Never Knew Me' (written by Bob McDill and Wayland Holyfield) (No.2, 1976)

Don Williams' 'Harmony' (Dot Records, 1976) also included the following tracks:

'You Keep Coming Round' (written by Don Williams)
'Don't You Think It's Time' (written by Don Williams)
'I Don't Want The Money' (written by Don Williams)
'Where The Arkansas River Leaves Oklahoma' (written by Wayland Holyfield)
'Maybe I Just Don't Know' (written by Don Williams)
'Magic Carpet', which was written by L. Kingston and Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 - Friday 23 November 2012)
'Time' (written by M. Merchant)
'Ramblin' (written by Don Williams) / this was an instrumental

Personnel involved in the recording of Don Williams' 'Harmony' (Dot / ABC Records, 1976) included the following:

Joe Allen (electric and upright bass, background and harmony vocals)
Jimmy Colvard (1943 - 1977) (electric guitar, acoustic guitar)
Danny Flowers (harmonica)
Garth Fundis (background and harmony vocals)
Lloyd Green (steel guitar, dobro)
Wayland Holyfield (background and harmony vocals)
Shane Keister (keyboards)
Kenny Malone (drums, conga, marimba)
Sharon Vaughn (harmony vocals)
Don Williams (lead and background vocals, acoustic guitar)

Don Williams' 'Harmony' (Dot / ABC Records, 1976) reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1976.



Jean Shepard (Tuesday 21 November 1933 - Sunday 25 September 2016) recorded Don Williams' 'We're All The Way' and included the track on 'Mercy / Ain't Love Good' (United Artists Records, 1976).



Dickey Lee recorded Don Williams' 'I'm Not That Good at Goodbye' (co-written with Bob McDill) and included the track on 'Angels, Roses & Rain' (RCA Victor Records, 1976).



Crystal Gayle recorded Don Williams' 'Forgettin' 'Bout You' (co-written with Allen Reynolds) and included the track on 'Crystal' (United Artists Records, 1976).



On Monday 17 January 1977, Don Williams saw the release of 'Visions' (Dot Records, 1977), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Some Broken Hearts Never Mend' (written by Wayland Holyfield) (No.1 for one week in May 1977)

Don Williams' 'Visions' (Dot Records, 1977) also included the following tracks:

'Time on My Hands'
'I'll Forgive But I'll Never Forget'
'I'm Getting Good at Missing You'
'In The Mornin'
'Missing You, Missing Me'
'Fallin' in Love Again'
'We Can Sing'
'I'll Need Someone to Hold Me (when I cry)'
'Expert at Everything'
'Cup O'Tea'

Don Williams' 'Visions' (Dot Records, 1977) reached No.4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1977.



On Tuesday 13 September 1977, Don Williams saw the release of 'Country Boy' (Dot Records, 1977), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'I'm Just a Country Boy' (written by Fred Hellerman and Marshall Baker) (No.1 for one week in November 1977)
'I've Got a Winner in You' (written by Don Williams and Wayland Holyfield) (No.7, 1978)
'Rake & Ramblin' Man' (written by Bob McDill) (No.3, 1978)

Don Williams' 'Country Boy' (Dot Records, 1977) also included the following tracks:

'Louisiana Saturday Night'
'Overlookin' & Underthinkin'
'Sneakin' Around'
'Look Around You'
'Too Many Tears (to make love strong)'
'It's Gotta Be Magic'
'Falling in Love'

Don Williams' 'Country Boy' (Dot Records, 1977) reached No.4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1977.



Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane (1 April 1946 - 4 June 1997) recorded Don Williams' 'Till The Rivers All Run Dry' (co-written with Wayland Holyfield) and included the track on 'Rough Mix' (United States: MCA Records, 1977 / United Kingdom: Polydor Records, 1977).

Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane's 'Rough Mix' (United States: MCA Records, 1977 / United Kingdom: Polydor Records, 1977) reached No.44 on the United Kingdom Albums Chart in 1977, and No.45 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 1977.

Pete Townshend & Ronnie Lane's 'Rough Mix' (United States: MCA Records, 1977 / United Kingdom: Polydor Records, 1977) was remastered in 2006 and released by Hip-O Records, the re-issue record label for the Universal Music Group.



Stella Parton recorded Don Williams' 'I'm Not That Good at Goodbye' (co-written with Bob McDill) and included the track on 'Country Sweet' (Elektra Records, 1977); the track reached No.60 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1977.



Tammy Wynette (Tuesday 5 May 1942 - Monday 6 April 1998) recorded Don Williams' 'I'm Not That Good at Goodbye' (co-written with Bob McDill) and included the track on 'One of a Kind' (Epic Records, 1977).



Kenny Rogers recorded Don Williams' 'Lay Down Beside Me' and included the track on 'Kenny Rogers' (United Artists Records, 1977).

In 1978, Don Williams was awarded a Country Music Association (CMA) Award for 'Male Vocalist'.



On Wednesday 23 August 1978, Don Williams saw the release of 'Expressions' (ABC Records, 1978), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Tulsa Time' (written by Danny Flowers) (No.1 for one week in January 1979)
'Lay Down Beside Me' (written by Don Williams) (No.3, 1979)
'It Must be Love' (written by Bob McDill) (No.1 for one week in September / October 1979)

Don Williams' 'Expressions' (ABC Records, 1978) also included the following tracks:

'I Would Like to See You Again'
'You've Got a Hold on Me'
'Tears of The Lonely'
'All I'm Missing is You'
'Give it to Me'
'Not a Chance'
'When I'm with You'

Don Williams' 'Expressions' (ABC Records, 1978) reached No.2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1978; the album also reached No.161 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 1978.



On Monday 23 April 1979, Don Williams saw the release of 'The Best of Don Williams, Volume 2' (ABC Records, 1979), which included the following tracks:

'(Turn Out The Light and) Love Me Tonight' (written by Bob McDill) (No.1 for one week in November 1975)
'Till The Rivers All Run Dry' (written by Wayland Holyfield and Don Williams) (No.1 for one week in March / April 1976)
'Rake & Ramblin' Man' (written by Bob McDill) (No.3, 1978)
'I'm Just a Country Boy' (written by Fred Hellerman and Marshall Baker) (No.1 for one week in November 1977)
'Some Broken Hearts Never Mend' (written by Wayland Holyfield) (No.1 for one week in May 1977)
'Tulsa Time' (written by Danny Flowers) (No.1 for one week in January 1979)
'She Never Knew Me' (written by Bob McDill and Wayland Holyfield) (No.2, 1976)
'Falling in Love'
'I've Got a Winner in You' (written by Don Williams and Wayland Holyfield) (No.7, 1978)
'You're My Best Friend' (written by Wayland Holyfield) (No.1 for one week in June 1975)
'Say It Again' (written by Bob McDill) (No.1 for one week in August 1976)



On Friday 19 October 1979, Don Williams saw the release of 'Portrait' (MCA Records, 1979), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Love Me Over Again' (written by Don Williams) (No.1 for one week in February 1980)
'Good Ole Boys Like Me' (written by Bob McDill) (No.2, 1980)

Don Williams' 'Portrait' (MCA Records, 1979) also included the following tracks:

'It Only Rains on Me'
'We Never Tried It with Each Other'
'We're All The Way'
'Circle Driveway' (written by Joe Allen)
'You Get to Me'
'Steal My Heart Away'
'Love's Endless War'
'Woman You Should be in Movies'

Don Williams' 'Portrait' (MCA Records, 1979) reached No.11 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1980.
Country Music People
In 1980, in England, Don Williams was cited by Country Music People as the 'Country Star of The Decade'; Don Williams enjoyed two pop music hit singles in England, 'You're My Best Friend' (No.35, 1976) and 'I Recall a Gypsy Woman' (No.13, 1976).



Apart from his major achievements within the country music genre, Don Williams has also appeared in two movies; the first was 'WW & The Dixie Dance Kings' for 20th Century Fox in 1975, while the second was 'Smokey & The Bandit II' for Universal Pictures in 1980, which was directed by Hal Needham (Friday 6 March 1931 - Friday 25 October 2013).

'Smokey & The Bandit II' (Universal Pictures, 1980) included the following cast list:

Burt Reynolds
Jackie Gleason (Saturday 26 February 1916 - Wednesday 24 June 1987)
Jerry Reed (Saturday 20 March 1937 - Monday 1 September 2008)
Dom DeLuise (Tuesday 1 August 1933 - Monday 4 May 2009)
Brenda Lee
Phil Balsley (a member of The Statler Brothers)
Lew DeWitt (Saturday 12 March 1938 - Wednesday 15 August 1990) (a former member of The Statler Brothers)
Don Reid (a member of The Statler Brothers)
Harold Reid (a member of The Statler Brothers)
Mel Tillis
Don Williams



On Monday 4 August 1980, Don Williams saw the release of 'I Believe in You' (MCA Records, 1980), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'I Believe in You', which was written by Roger Cook and Sam Hogin (1950 - Monday 9 August 2004)
(No.1 for two weeks in October / November 1980) / this track also reached No.24 on the Billboard Top 100 pop music singles chart in 1980
'Falling Again' (written by Bob McDill) (No.6, 1981)

Don Williams' 'I Believe in You' (MCA Records, 1980) also included the following tracks:

'It's Good to See You'
'I Want You Back Again'
'Simple Song'
'Ain't It Amazing'
'Just Enough Love (for one woman)'
'I Keep Putting off Getting Over You'
'Rainy Nights & Memories'
'Slowly But Surely'

Don Williams' 'I Believe in You' (MCA Records, 1980) reached No.2 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1980 and No.57 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart the same year.

In 1981, Don Williams was awarded a Country Music Association (CMA) Award for 'Album of the Year' for 'I Believe in You' (MCA Records, 1980).



Billie Jo Spears (Friday 14 January 1938 - Wednesday 14 December 2011) recorded Don Williams' 'Lay Down Beside Me' and included the track on 'Only The Hits' (Liberty Records, 1981).

 

In July 1981, Don Williams saw the release of 'Especially For You' (MCA Records, 1981), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Miracles' (written by Roger Cook) (No.4, 1981)
'If I Needed You', which was written by Townes Van Zandt (Tuesday 7 March 1944 - Wednesday 1 January 1997) (No.3, 1981) / this track was a duet with Emmylou Harris and was also included on Emmylou Harris' 'Cimarron' (Warner Bros. Records, 1981)
'Lord, I Hope This Day is Good' (written by Dave Hanner) (No.1 for one week in February / March 1982)

Don Williams' 'Especially For You' (MCA Records, 1981) also included the following tracks:

'Fair Weather Friends'
'I Don't Want to Love You'
'Years From Now'
'Especially You'
'Now & Then'
'Smooth Talking Baby'
'I've Got You to Thank for That'

Don Williams' 'Especially For You' (MCA Records, 1981) reached No.5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1981; the album also reached No.109 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 1981.

 

In November 1981, Emmylou Harris saw the release of 'Cimarron' (Warner Bros. Records, 1981).

One of the included tracks was 'If I Needed You', which was written by Townes Van Zandt (Tuesday 7 March 1944 - Wednesday 1 January 1997); this track reached No.3 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1981 and was a duet with Don Williams, who also included the track on 'Especially For You' (MCA Records, 1981).



In April 1982, Don Williams saw the release of 'Listen to The Radio' (MCA Records, 1982), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Listen to The Radio' (written by Fred Knipe)
(No.3, 1982)
'Mistakes' (written by Richard Feldman) (No.3, 1982)
'If Hollywood Don't Need You (honey, I still do)' (written by Bob McDill) (No.1 for one week in March 1983)

In April 1982, Don Williams saw the release of 'Listen to The Radio' (MCA Records, 1982), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Don't Stop Loving Me Now'
'Only Love'
'Fool Fool Heart'
'I Can't Get to You from Here'
'Standin' in a Sea of Teardrops'
'If She Just Helps Me Get Over You'
'Help Yourselves to Each Other'



In April 1983, Don Williams saw the release of 'Yellow Moon' (MCA Records, 1983), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Love is on a Roll' (written by Roger Cook and John Prine)
(No.1 for one week in July 1983)
'Nobody But You', which was written by J.D. Martin and John Jarrard (Thursday 7 May 1953 - Thursday 1 February 2001) (No.2, 1983)
'Stay Young' (written by Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle) (No.1 for one week in February / March 1984)

Don Williams' 'Yellow Moon' (MCA Records, 1983) also included the following tracks:

'I'm Still Looking for You'
'Story of My Life'
'Wrong End of The Rainbow'
'Yellow Moon'
'Pressure Makes Diamonds'
'If Love Gets There Before I Do'
'I'll Take Your Love Anytime'

Don Williams' 'Yellow Moon' (MCA Records, 1983) reached No.12 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1983; the album also reached No.44 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 1983.



On Monday 13 February 1984, Don Williams saw the release of 'The Best of Don Williams, Volume 3' (MCA Records, 1984), which included the following tracks:

'I Believe in You', which was written by Roger Cook and Sam Hogin (1950 - Monday 9 August 2004)
 (No.1 for two weeks in October / November 1980) / this track also reached No.24 on the Billboard Top 100 pop music singles chart in 1980
'Lord, I Hope This Day is Good' (written by Dave Hanner) (No.1 for one week in February / March 1982)
'Lay Down Beside Me' (written by Don Williams) (No.3, 1979)
'Mistakes' (written by Richard Feldman) (No.3, 1982)
'Miracles' (written by Roger Cook) (No.4, 1981)
'Good Ole Boys Like Me' (written by Bob McDill) (No.2, 1980)
'It Must be Love' (written by Bob McDill) (No.1 for one week in September / October 1979)
'Listen to The Radio' (written by Fred Knipe) (No.3, 1982)
'If Hollywood Don't Need You (honey, I still do)' (written by Bob McDill) (No.1 for one week in March 1983)
'Love Me Over Again' (written by Don Williams) (No.1 for one week in February 1980)



On Monday 14 May 1984, Don Williams saw the release of 'Cafe Carolina' (MCA Records, 1984), which included four tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'That's The Thing About Love' (written by Richard Leigh and Gary Nicholson)
(No.1 for one week in August 1984)
'Maggie's Dream' (written by Dave Loggins and Lisa Silver) (No.11, 1984)
'Walkin' a Broken Heart', which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 - Friday 22 December 2006) and Alan Rush (No.2, 1984)
'It's Time for Love' (written by Bob McDill and Hunter Moore) (No.20, 1985)

Don Williams' 'Cafe Carolina' (MCA Records, 1984) also included the following tracks:

'Only Game in Town' (written by Joe Allen and Ralph Murray)
'Leavin' (written by Don Williams)
'Beautiful Woman' (written by Graham Lyle)
'True Blue Hearts' (written by Don Williams)
'I'll Never Need Another You' (written by Ronnie Rogers)
'I'll be Faithful to You' (written by Paul Kennerley)

Musicians involved in the recording of Don Williams' 'Cafe Carolina' (MCA Records, 1984) included the following:

Charles Cochran (Saturday 29 February 1936 - Thursday 7 June 2007) (piano, organ)
Joe Allen (bass)
Kenny Malone (drums, percussion)
Billy Sanford and Don Williams (acoustic guitars)
Billy Sanford and Steve Gibson (electric guitars)
Jim Horn (saxophone)
Lloyd Green (steel guitar)
Garth Fundis and Don Williams (harmony vocals)
Charles Cochran (Saturday 29 February 1936 - Thursday 7 June 2007) (arrangements for violins, violas and cellos)
Nashville String Machine (string section)

Don Williams' 'Cafe Carolina' (MCA Records, 1984) reached No.13 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1984.



On Monday 11 November 1985, Don Williams saw the release of 'The Best of Don Williams, Volume 4' (MCA Records, 1985), which included the following tracks:

'Love is on a Roll' (written by Roger Cook and John Prine)
 (No.1 for one week in July 1983)
'That's The Thing About Love' (written by Richard Leigh and Gary Nicholson) (No.1 for one week in August 1984)
'Maggie's Dream' (written by Dave Loggins and Lisa Silver) (No.11, 1984)
'Louisiana Saturday Night'
'Falling Again' (written by Bob McDill) (No.6, 1981)
'Stay Young' (written by Benny Gallagher and Graham Lyle) (No.1 for one week in February / March 1984)
'Nobody But You', which was written by J.D. Martin and John Jarrard (Thursday 7 May 1953 - Thursday 1 February 2001) (No.2, 1983)
'Walkin' a Broken Heart', which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 - Friday 22 December 2006) and Alan Rush (No.2, 1984)
'It's Time for Love' (written by Bob McDill and Hunter Moore) (No.20, 1985)
'Cup O'Tea'

Don Williams' 'The Best of Don Williams, Volume 4' (MCA Records, 1985) reached No.60 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1985.



On Friday 17 February 1986, Don Williams saw the release of 'New Moves' (Capitol Records, 1986), which included five tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'We've Got a Good Fire Goin' (written by Dave Loggins) (No.3, 1985)
'Heartbeat in the Darkness' (written by Dave Loggins and Russell Smith) 
(No.1 for one week in August / September 1985)
'Then It's Love', which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 - Friday 22 December 2006) (No.3, 1986)
'Senorita' (written by Danny Flowers and Hank DeVito) (No.4, 1987)
'I'll Never be in Love Again' (written by Bob Corbin)
(No.4, 1987)

Don Williams' 'New Moves' (Capitol Records, 1986) also included the following tracks:

'Shot Full of Love'
'We Got Love'
'Send Her Roses'
'Light in Your Eyes'
'It's About Time'

Don Williams' 'New Moves' (Capitol Records, 1986) reached No.29 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1986.



On Wednesday 14 October 1987, Don Williams saw the release of 'Traces' (Capitol Records, 1987), which included four tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'I Wouldn't be a Man' (written by Mike Reid and Rory Bourke)
(No.9, 1987)
'Another Place, Another Time' (written by Bob McDill and Paul Harrison) (No.5, 1988)
'Desperately' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kevin Welch) (No.7, 1988)
'Old Coyote Town' (written by Larry Boone, Paul Nelson and Gene Nelson) (No.5, 1988)

Don Williams' 'Traces' (Capitol Records, 1987) also included the following tracks:

'Easy Touch'
'Come From The Heart'
'Running out of Reasons to Run'
'Looking Back'
'Till I Can't Take it Anymore'
'You Love Me Through it All'



Janie Fricke
 recorded Don Williams' 'I'm Not That Good at Goodbye' (co-written with Bob McDill) and included the track on 'Saddle The Wind' (Columbia Records, 1988).



In January 1989, Don Williams saw the release of 'Prime Cuts' (Capitol Records, 1989), which included the following tracks:

'Old Coyote Town' (written by Larry Boone, Paul Nelson and Gene Nelson)
 (No.5, 1988)
'Heartbeat in the Darkness' (written by Dave Loggins and Russell Smith) (No.1 for one week in August / September 1985)
'I'll Never be in Love Again' (written by Bob Corbin) (No.4, 1987)
'I Wouldn't be a Man' (written by Mike Reid and Rory Bourke) (No.9, 1987)
'What's The Score' / this track was previously unreleased
'We've Got a Good Fire Goin' (written by Dave Loggins) (No.3, 1985)
'Desperately' (written by Jamie O'Hara and Kevin Welch) (No.7, 1988)
'She's a Heartful' / this track was previously unreleased
'Another Place, Another Time' (written by Bob McDill and Paul Harrison) (No.5, 1988)
'Then It's Love', which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 - Friday 22 December 2006) (No.3, 1986)



On Friday 28 April 1989, Don Williams saw the release of 'One Good Well' (RCA Nashville Records, 1989), which included four tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'One Good Well', which was written by Mike Reid and Kent M. Robbins (Wednesday 23 April 1947 - Saturday 27 December 1997)
(No.4, 1989)
'I've Been Loved by the Best' (written by Bob McDill and Paul Harrison) (No.4, 1989)
'Just as Long as I Have You' (written by Dave Loggins and J.D. Martin) (No.4, 1990)
'Maybe That's all it Takes' (No.22, 1990)

Don Williams' 'One Good Well' (RCA Nashville Records, 1989) also included the following tracks:

'Learn to Let it Go'
'Cryin' Eyes'
'Broken Heartland'
'Why Get Up'
'We're All The Way'
'Flowers Won't Grow (in gardens of stone)'
'If You Love Me Won't You Love Me Like You Love Me'

Don Williams' 'One Good Well' (RCA Nashville Records, 1989) reached No.54 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1989.



In 1990, John Conlee recorded Don Williams' 'I'm Not That Good at Goodbye' (co-written with Bob McDill) for 16th Avenue Records; the track was subsequently included on 'Country Heart' (Varese-Sarabande Records, 2006).



On Tuesday 7 August 1990, Don Williams saw the release of 'True Love' (RCA Nashville Records, 1990), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'Back in My Younger Days' (written by Danny Flowers)
(No.2, 1990)
'True Love' (written by Pat Alger) (No.4, 1991)
'Lord Have Mercy on a Country Boy' (written by Bob McDill) (No.7, 1991)

Don Williams' 'True Love' (RCA Nashville Records, 1990) also included the following tracks:

'Darlin' That's What Your Love Does'
'Come a Little Closer'
'Just Cause I'm in Love with You'
'Donald & June'
'Diamonds to Dust'
'Jamaica Farewell'
'Loving You's Like Coming Home'

Don Williams' 'True Love' (RCA Nashville Records, 1990) reached No.56 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1990.



On Tuesday 10 March 1992, Don Williams saw the release of 'Currents' (RCA Nashville Records, 1992), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'It's Who You Love' (written by Charlie Black, Kieran Kane and Rory Bourke)
(No.73, 1992)
'Too Much Love' (written by Roger Cook and Roger Greenaway) (No.72, 1992)

Don Williams' 'Currents' (RCA Nashville Records, 1992) also included the following tracks:

'Only Water (shining in the air)' (written by Hugh Prestwood)
'That Song about the River' (written by Charles John Quatro and Steve Gillette)
'Catfish Bates' (written by Alex Harvey)
'So Far, So Good', which was written by Dobie Gray (Friday 26 July 1940 - Tuesday 6 December 2011), Eddie Setser and Troy Seals
'In The Family', which was written by Dobie Gray (Friday 26 July 1940 - Tuesday 6 December 2011), Eddie Setser and John Greenebaum
'Standing Knee Deep in a River (dying of thirst)' (written by Bob McDill, Dickey Lee and Bucky Jones)
'Lone Star State of Mind' (written by Pat Alger, Gene Levine and Fred Koller)
'The Old Trail' (written by Charles John Quatro and Steve Gillette)



On Tuesday 23 May 1995, Don Williams saw the release of 'The Best of Don Williams' (RCA Nashville Records, 1995), which included the following tracks:

'Lord Have Mercy on a Country Boy' (written by Bob McDill)
 (No.7, 1991)
'Cryin' Eyes'
'I've Been Loved by the Best' (written by Bob McDill and Paul Harrison) (No.4, 1989)
'Just as Long as I Have You' (written by Dave Loggins and J.D. Martin) (No.4, 1990)
'In The Family' (written by Dobie Gray, Eddie Setser and John Greenebaum)
'Standing Knee Deep in a River (dying of thirst)' (written by Bob McDill, Dickey Lee and Bucky Jones)
'True Love' (written by Pat Alger) (No.4, 1991)
'We're All The Way'
'It's Who You Love' (written by Charlie Black, Kieran Kane and Rory Bourke) (No.73, 1992)
'One Good Well', which was written by Mike Reid and Kent M. Robbins (Wednesday 23 April 1947 - Saturday 27 December 1997) (No.4, 1989)
'Back in My Younger Days' (written by Danny Flowers) (No.2, 1990)
'Maybe That's all it Takes' (No.22, 1990)



On Tuesday 8 August 1995, Don Williams saw the release of 'Borrowed Tales' (American Harvest Records, 1995), which included one track, which was released as a single on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'Fever'
/ this track was released as a single in 1995, but it did not chart

Don Williams' 'Borrowed Tales' (American Harvest Records, 1995) also included the following tracks:

'Crying in the Rain', which was written by Howard Greenfield (Sunday 15 March 1936 - Tuesday 4 March 1986) and Carole King
'Lay Down Sally' (written by Eric Clapton, Marcella Detroit and George Terry)
'My Rifle, My Pony & Me'
'I'll Be There (if you ever want me)'
'Reason to Believe'
'Games People Play', which was written by Joe South (Wednesday 28 February 1940 - Wednesday 5 September 2012)
'If You Could Read My Mind'
'Peace Train'
'Long Black Veil', which was written by Marijohn Wilkin (Wednesday 14 July 1920 - Saturday 28 October 2006) and Danny Dill (Friday 19 September 1924 - Thursday 23 October 2008)
'Letter'
'You've Got a Friend'
'Pretend'



On Tuesday 8 October 1996, Don Williams saw the release of 'Flatlands' (American Harvest Records, 1996), which included the following tracks:

'Shadowland'
'What Does It Matter to Me'
'Glass House'
'We Should Only Have Time For Love' (written by Jim Rushing and Wayland Patton)
'I Need You to Want Me'
'This Side of The Sun'
'Gulf Shore Line'
'Wash it all Away'
'Which Way is Santa Fe'
'No Problem'
'Leaving for The Flatlands'
'Silver Turns to Gold'
'Restless'



Chris Jones
& The Night Drivers recorded Don Williams' 'I'm Not That Good at Goodbye' (co-written with Bob McDill) and included the track on 'No One But You' (Rebel Records, 1997); the track featured guest vocals from Lynn Morris.



On Tuesday 27 October 1998, Don Williams saw the release of 'I Turn The Page' (Giant Records, 1998), which included the following tracks:

'Take it Easy on Yourself'
'Her Perfect Memory'
'Elise'
'Ride On'
'Something 'bout You'
'Cracker Jack Diamond' / this track was released as a single in 1998, but it did not chart on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in the United States, but it did reach No.87 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1998
'From Now On'
'Pancho'
'Handful of Dust'
'Harry & Joe'
'How Did You Do It'
'I Sing for Joy'



In 2002, Don Williams saw the release of 'Follow Me Back Home' (Orpheus Records, 2002), which included the following tracks:

'Storybook Children'
'Always Something There to Remind Me'
'Comin' Apart'
'Ruby Tuseday'
'Spend Some Time with Me'
'There's No Angel on My Shoulder'
'In My Life'
'Follow Me Back to Louisville'
'Long Walk from Childhood'
'There's Never Been a Time'
'On Her Way to Being a Woman'
'Ordinary'
'Where Do I Go From Here'



Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time recorded Don Williams' 'I'm Not That Good at Goodbye' (co-written with Bob McDill) and included the track on 'Songs from The Workbench' (Shell Point Records, 2002).

Don Williams: 'My Heart to You' (Compendia Records / Intersound Records, 2004)

On Tuesday 27 April 2004, Don Williams saw the release of 'My Heart to You' (Compendia Records / Intersound Records, 2004), which included the following tracks:

'Running in The Fast Lane'
'Fly Away'
'I'll be Faithful to You'
'Oh, Misery'
'My Heart to You'
'One Like Me'
'Rose'
'When I'm with You'
'Get Away'
'Wonderful Tonight'
'Years From Now'



Alison Krauss recorded Don Williams' 'Lay Down Beside Me' and included the track on 'A Hundred Miles or More: A Collection' (Rounder Records, 2007).



Liz Talley recorded Don Williams' 'I'm Not That Good at Goodbye' (co-written with Bob McDill) and included the track on 'More Than Satisfied' (Diamond Music Group, 2009).



On Tuesday 19 June 2012, Don Williams saw the release, in the United States, of 'And So It Goes' (Sugar Hill Records, 2012); the album, which was produced by Garth Fundis, was made available, on Monday 30 April 2012, in certain non-United States markets, including the United Kingdom, and included the following tracks:

'Better Than Today' (written by Leslie Satcher and Jeff Stevens)
'Heart of Hearts' (written by Al Anderson, Stephen Bruton and Sharon Vaughn)
'She's with Me' (written by Don Williams and Tim Williams)
'I Just Come Here for the Music' (written by Doug Gill, John Ramey and Bobby Taylor) / this track, which featured guest vocals from Alison Krauss, was released as a single in the United States, but it did not chart
'Infinity' (written by Anthony Smith)
'What if it Worked Like That' (written by Ronnie Bowman, Lynn Hutton and Jason Sellers)
'She's a Natural' (written by Rick Bowles and Rob Crosby)
'Imagine That' (written by Kieran Kane and Jamie O'Hara) / this track was a duet with Keith Urban
'First Fool in Line' (written by Byron Hill and Tammi Kidd)
'And So It Goes' (written by Mike Noble, Don Williams and Tim Williams)

Don Williams' 'And So It Goes' (Sugar Hill Records, 2012) reached No.20 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 2012; the album also reached No.100 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart in 2012.



On Tuesday 11 March 2014, Don Williams saw the release of 'Reflections' (Sugar Hill Records, 2014), which included the following tracks:

'I'll Be Here in the Morning', which was written by Townes Van Zandt (Tuesday 7 March 1944 - Wednesday 1 January 1997)
'Talk is Cheap' (written by Guy Clark, Morgane Hayes and Chris Stapleton)
'I Won't Give Up on You' (written by Britton Cameron and Jordyn Shellhart)
'Sing Me Back Home', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)
'Working Man's Son' (written by Jim Collins and Bob Regan)
'Healing Hands' (written by Rex Benson and Steve Gillette)
'If I Were Free', which was written by Jesse Winchester (Wednesday 17 May 1944 - Friday 11 April 2014)
'Stronger Back' (written by Doug Gill)
'Back to the Simple Things' (written by Marty Dodson, Jennifer Hanson and Mark Nesler)
'The Answer' (written by Tony Arata and Steve Warner)

Don Williams' Billboard No.1s
'I Wouldn't Want to Live if You Didn't Love Me' (No.1 for one week in September 1974)
'You're My Best Friend' (No.1 for one week in June 1975)
'(Turn Out The Light and) Love Me Tonight' (No.1 for one week in November 1975)
'Till The Rivers All Run Dry' (No.1 for one week in March / April 1976)
'Say It Again' (No.1 for one week in August 1976)
'Some Broken Hearts Never Mend' (No.1 for one week in May 1977)
'I'm Just a Country Boy' (No.1 for one week in November 1977)
'Tulsa Time' (No.1 for one week in January 1979)
'It Must Be Love' (No.1 for one week in September / October 1979)
'Love Me Over Again' (No.1 for one week in February 1980)
'I Believe in You' (No.1 for two weeks in October / November 1980) / this track also reached No.24 on the Billboard Top 100 pop music singles chart in 1980
'Lord, I Hope This Day is Good' (No.1 for 1 week in February / March 1982)
'If Hollywood Don't Need You' (No.1 for one week in March 1983)
'Love is on a Roll' (No.1 for one week in July 1983)
'Stay Young' (No.1 for one week in February / March 1984)
'That's The Thing About Love' (No.1 for one week in August 1984)
'Heartbeat in The Darkness' (No.1 for one week in August / September 1985)

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