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country star Don Williams, RIP

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Country star Don Williams, whose soft spoken style, easygoing demeanor and tall stature earned him the nickname “Gentle Giant,” has died at age 78. He racked up over a dozen #1 country hits in the ’70s and ’80s, including “Tulsa Time,” “I Believe in You,” “‘Til the Rivers All Run Dry” and “You’re My Best Friend.” Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum CEO Kyle Young said in a statement:

In giving voice to songs like ‘Good Ole Boys Like Me,’ ‘Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good,’ and ‘Amanda,’ Don Williams offered calm, beauty, and a sense of wistful peace that is in short supply these days. His music will forever be a balm in troublesome times. Everyone who makes country music with grace, intelligence, and ageless intent will do so while standing on the shoulders of this gentle giant.

Don, you’ll be missed. Rest in peace. Listen to some of Don’s best-known songs below.

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