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Erica Roy
September 10, 2017

Country singer Don Williams has passed away, his publicist confirmed to the Daily News.

Another country star, Troy Gentry, also died on Friday in a helicopter crash, a death that has shocked country music artists and their fans.

Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. Garth Fundis, who was said to have produced many of Williams' biggest hits, was in charge of this project and at the time of the release, Fundis praised his longtime friend's ability to pick wonderful songs.

Born May 27, 1939, in Floydada, Texas, Williams first flirted with folk and pop music before turning to country. It's music to grow old with, songs that offer solace in troubled times, but it also was a music that Don Williams himself could grow old within.

His songs, such as Gypsy Woman and Tulsa Time, were covered by many other singers - including Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend. I'm a NY native, filtering through the net for the next hit story.

Gentry had been scheduled to perform with his music partner, Eddie Montgomery, on Friday night.

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In addition to his recording career, Williams appeared in the 1975 Burt Reynolds films "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings" and 1980's "Smokey and the Bandit II", reported Rolling Stone.

In 2012, Krauss joined Williams in the wistful duet, "I Just Come Here for the Music", from his And So It Goes album.

"Still, albums may not be the best way to appreciate Don Williams" legacy, and not just because so many of his original LPs are now unavailable digitally.

Known for his gently rumbling baritone, as well as his tall, lanky frame, Don's career yielding a catalog of timeless hit songs, including 21 No. 1 chart toppers, that remain popular today.

His final live performance was past year, when he told the audience it was time to hang up his hat. It's a question that resonates with some country fans and musicians even more than it once did, perhaps, as the styles and social mores of the music and culture change.

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