By Kirt Webster
Internationally loved country music icon, Don Williams, is set to bring his hits to fans old and new when he kicks off his 2015 Tour in September. Williams will be in Pigeon Forge at the Country Tonite Theater on October 16 and 17.
“Mercy, the fans have kept us going for years and I am glad to share the music with them once again,” said Williams.
Williams first came to prominence in the 1960s as a member of the folk group The Pozo-Seco Singers. The trio recorded several hit records, with the biggest being “Time.” By 1971, Williams had gone solo, and had signed a publishing deal with Jack Clement. The Hall of Fame producer was so taken with Don’s style that he offered him a recording contract.
He later moved to ABC / Dot (Later MCA. Tracks such as “Rake and Ramblin’ Man,” “Tulsa Time” and “Nobody But You” helped to make him one of the most-played artists on Country Radio. He took home the Male Vocalist of the Year trophy from the Country Music Association in 1978 and notched his biggest hit in 1981 with “I Believe In You,” which also crossed over to the top-30 on the Hot 100.
Subsequent moves to Capitol Nashville and RCA kept Williams on the charts into the 1990s, as he continued to play for huge crowds on the road. His success in the United States is well-documented, but the music of Don Williams has made him an international star—with followings in such places as England and New Zealand. He has placed 52 singles in the top-40 on the Country charts in the United States with 17 going all the way to the top spot. Williams was a member of the Grand Ole Opry in the 1980s and appeared in the films W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings and Smokey & The Bandit II with Burt Reynolds.