Sometimes simpler is better. I've enjoyed listening to a lot of country music singers through the years, and at times my tastes have veered off in strange directions, but when it comes to just kicking back and enjoying the sound of a country crooner, it's tough to beat the smooth baritone of Don Williams.
Even though his name is not the first that comes to mind for many listeners, he's one of the best-selling country balladeers of all time, with over forty top-ten hits - seventeen of them reaching number one. Not bad for a guy many critics dismissed as not edgy enough, and who seemed a little undecided about his place in music during his early, formative years.
In the 1960's, many aspiring musicians were trying to find their way through the various forms of music around, and Don was no exception. He came out of Texas (as so many have) with some guitar and singing experience, and the desire to make a career in music. He found himself moving through everything from rockabilly to folk to early rock and roll, but it was country music that became his home.
After mixed success in performing and recording as part of a singing group, he moved to Nashville and worked on making his mark as a songwriter. By the early 1970's he found himself in a studio again, but this time as a solo singer. His first couple of efforts were modest sellers, but encouraged him to keep singing and recording, and his numbers gradually moved up.
His first top ten hit, 1974's "We Should Be Together," led to a new and better recording contract, and he was on his way. He followed with hit after hit, including his first number one, "I Wouldn't Want to Live If You Didn't Love Me." Hit after hit followed, including "You're My Best Friend," "I'm Just A Country Boy," and others.