Following a successful career that has spanned across six decades, country music legend Don Williams has officially announced his retirement.
Williams, who is 76, broke the news in a press release on Tuesday (March 1), saying he wants to take the time to focus on his family.
"It’s time to hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home," Williams said."I’m so thankful for my fans, my friends and my family for their everlasting love and support."
Williams released a number of popular songs throughout his career, including a total of 17 chart-topping hits. Some of his biggest hits include "It Must Be Love," "Til the Rivers All Run Dry," and "I'm Just a Country Boy."
In total, Williams had over fifty major hits during his career. Between the years 1974-1991 alone, Williams released at least one major hit for each of those years. Williams' key to success was his smooth, baritone voice, which captivated audiences of multiple generations.
Over the years, Williams earned the nickname as the "Gentle Giant" of country music because of his 6'1" frame and laid-back vocal style. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010, and is an ACM and CMA Award winner.
Williams has remained active as a performer, but was recently forced to postpone his 2016 tour following an unexpected hip replacement surgery. Although we are sad to hear the news of Williams' retirement, we understand his desire to enjoy more time with his family.
You can watch Williams perform one of his most popular songs, "It Must Be Love," in the video below.
We wish Williams nothing but the best in his retirement!
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