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DON WILLIAMS - The 30th Anniversary Platinum Edition - Greatest Hit Best Audiophile (2011)
With his laid-back, straightforward vocals and large, imposing build, Don Williams came to be known as "the Gentle Giant." That nickname was bestowed on him in the early '70s, when he began a string of countrypolitan hits that ran into the early '90s. Williams was never known as an innovator, but his ballads were immensely popular; in the course of his career, he had a total of 17 number one hits. Williams began playing guitar when he was child, learning the instrument from his mother. As a teenager, he played in a variety of country, rockabilly, folk, and rock & roll bands. After completing high school, he formed his first band with a friend named Lofton Kline. Williams and Kline recruited another singer, Susan Taylor, and formed the Pozo-Seco Singers, a folk-pop group, in 1964. The following year, the band signed a contract with Columbia Records. In 1966, the Pozo-Seco Singers had a pop hit with "Time," which climbed into the Top 50. For the next two years, they had a series of minor hits, highlighted by two Top 40 hits in late 1966, "I Can Make It with You" and "Look What You've Done." The group stayed until 1971. After the Pozo-Seco Singers disbanded, Williams decided to pursue a career as a songwriter in Nashville, since he wasn't convinced that he was suited for a solo career. He signed with Jack Clement's Jack Music, Inc., initially just as a songwriter. By the end of 1972, he had signed with JMI as a solo artist, releasing "Don't You Believe" as his debut. The song went nowhere, but "The Shelter of Your Eyes" climbed to number 14 at the beginning of 1973. For the next year, Williams scored a string of minor hits before he had his 1974 breakthrough, "We Should Be Together," which reached number five. The single led to a contract with ABC/Dot. "I Wouldn't Want to Live If You Didn't Love Me," his first single for ABC/Dot, reached number one in the summer 1974. The single launched a string of Top Ten hits that ran more or less uninterrupted until 1991; between 1974 and 1991, only four of his 46 charting singles didn't make the Top Ten. Instead of reaching the top of the charts with his original material, most of his big hits were covers of other songwriters, including John Prine, Bob McDill, Dave Loggins, and Wayland Holyfield.
During the '70s, Don Williams became the most successful country artist in the world. His country-pop not only crossed over into the American pop mainstream, it also gained him a large following in England and Europe. In addition to his Top Ten hits, Williams won several country music awards, highlighted by the Country Music Association naming him Male Vocalist of the Year in 1978, the same year his number one single "Tulsa Time" was named Single of the Year. In the late '70s, he began acting, appearing primarily in the films of his friend Burt Reynolds, including W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings and Smokey and the Bandit II.
DISC 1: 01. I'm Just A Country Boy 02. Where Are You 03. When I'm With You 04. Goodbye Isn't Really Good At All 05. I'm Getting Good At Missing You 06. It Must Be Love 07. My Woman's Love 08. Some Broken Hearts Never Mend 09. Till The Rivers All Run Dry 10. Turn Out The Lights (And Love Me Tonight) 11. Don't You Think It's Time 12. All I'm Missing Is You 13. You're My Best Friend 14. Reason To Be 15. The Rose 16. Listen To The Radio 17. Nobody But You 18. If I Need You
DISC 2: 01. The Ties The Bind 02. Tears Of The Lonely 03. I Sing For Joy 04. She's A Heart Full 05. What's The Score 06. I Don't Wanna Let You Go 07. Another Place, Another Time 08. She Never Knew Me 09. Rake & Rambin Man 10. I Believe In You 11. Lay Down Beside Me 12. Love Me Over Again 13. Good Ole Boys Like Me 14. We're All The Way 15. Your Sweet Love 16. My Heart To You 17. I Recall A Gypsy Woman 18. Fall In Love Again
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