Don Williams, the Country Music Hall of Famer known as the “Gentle Giant,” died Friday, September 8th, after a short illness. An internationally popular country star, Williams recorded dozens of hit songs, such as “Tulsa Time,” “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good” and “It Must Be Love.”

Some of the other known standards of Williams’ catalog include “We Should Be Together,” which became the singer’s first Top Five hit; his first #1 single, “I Wouldn’t Want to Live If You Didn’t Love Me”; “You’re My Best Friend” and “I Believe In You”.

However, it was the song included below that this writer has loved since I first heard it in 1976.  It was covered by no less than Pete Townshend and Ronnie Lane and is not only a masterpiece, but a work of perfection.  To me, “Till The Rivers All Run Dry” was Don Willliams at his finest – which is what made him my favorite country singer.

Farewell, Gentle Giant.  And thank you for gracing us with your songs.

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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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