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Breaking News: After a Six-Decade Career, Don Williams Announces Retirement

By Adetunji Oluwatosin.
 
After a recording and performing career that has spanned six decades, touching the worlds of country, pop and folk music, Don Williams has officially announced his retirement.
 
In his statement, the 76 year old Williams said “It’s time to hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home. I’m so thankful for my fans, my friends and my family for their everlasting love and support.”
 
The Floydada, Texas singer had at least one hit every year between 1974 and 1991, including “Good Ole Boys Like Me,” “Till the Rivers All Run Dry,” “It Must Be Love,” “I’m Just a Country Boy,” “Amanda” and “I Believe in You.”

Williams in 2006 staged a farewell tour, came out of retirement in October 2010, the same month he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He continued to perform until late last year and released his most recent album Reflections in 2014.
 
Although the singer, whose six-foot-one frame and mellow baritone voice earned him the nicknamed “Gentle Giant,” had announced his 2016 tour dates earlier this year. He had initially postponed the 21 City Trek to undergo hip replacement surgery and now it appears those shows will be cancelled entirely as Williams returns to life at home in his native Texas.

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