FACTS ABOUT DON:
Date/Place of birth: May 27, 1939 in Floydada, Texas
Reared in: Portland, near Corpus Christi, on the Texas gulf coast
Marital status: Wed to Joy Bucher on 10 April, 1960
Children: Two sons, Gary and Timmy
Residences: Don and Joy’s principal residence is their home on a 100-acre tract of land outside Nashville near Ashland City, TN. They also have a vacation home in Hawaii.
Height/weight: 6ft 1 in – 180 lbs.
Instrument: Guitar, which Don began playing as a teenager. He would hurry home from school to try and pick a favorite tune he’d heard on the radio.
First public performance: When Don was three years old he sang in a local talent contest and won first prize, an alarm clock.
First paid job in music: In 1957, while in high school, Don and a group of friends played and sang for the opening of Billups Service Station in Taft, Texas. They were paid a total of $25.
Other early jobs: Don worked as a bill collector, he drove a bread truck, worked in the Texas oil fields, in furniture retailing, in a smelting plant, and for Pittsburgh Plate Glass.
Pozo Seco singers: While living in Corpus Christi, TX, in 1964, Don formed the well-remembered Pozo Seco Singers, a very successful trio (Lofton Cline, Susan Taylor. and Don) who sang a variety of music from folk to pop and country Their first single, Time, climbed into the national Top 10 and there were other chart hits by the group. The Pozos disbanded in 1969.
Record label history: JMI Records released Don’s first solo (a single titled Don’t You Believe) on 16 June, 1972. He signed with ABC/Dot on 17 May, 1974. The Dot label was discontinued in late 1977 and Don continued to record for ABC. In March of 1979, ABC was bought out by MCA Records. When he left MCA, Don signed with Capitol 15 July, 1985. In May 1989, Don moved to RCA and in June of ’94 his current label, American Harvest Recording Society, released Don’s first live album. An Evening With Don Williams, a collection of 15 songs cut during a UK tour. In August 1995, American Harvest released Borrowed Tales, and in October 1996 the label released the album Flatlands.
Personal appearances: He has headlined a variety of prestigious venues, from the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo to the Roxy in Los Angeles, from a sold-out Carnegie Hall in New York to London’s Royal Albert Hall.
Motion pictures: Don co-starred with Burt Reynolds in two films, W. W & The Dixie Dance Kings for 20th Century Fox, and Smokey & The Bandit II for Universal.
Music videos: Don Williams was the first country music artist to make a concept music video. It was produced in 1973 in support of his third single for JMI Records (Come Early Morning). In 1986 Don starred in a music video for the Capitol/Nashville single Heartbeat In The Darkness. In 1995 his video Fever was released by American Harvest Recording Society.
Leisure activities: Fishing, and tinkering with his prized `56 Chevy.
Don Williams passed away after a short illness on September 8th, 2017, at the age of 78.