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Country star Don Williams, 'the Gentle Giant,' dead at 78

By: The Associated Press
September 8, 2017 Updated: September 8, 2017 at 9:12 pm
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FILE - In this April 10, 2012 file photo, Don Williams performs during the All for the Hall concert in Nashville, Tenn. Williams, an award-winning country singer with love ballads like "I Believe in You," died Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, after a short illness. He was 78. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Don Williams, an award-winning country singer with love ballads like "I Believe in You," has died. He was 78.

A statement from his publicist said he died Friday after a short illness.

Williams had 17 No. 1 hits and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010. His mellow sound influenced a later generation of singers including Joe Nichols and Josh Turner.

Williams, nicknamed "the Gentle Giant," had a rich voice, gentle delivery and storytelling style.

His hits included "I Believe in You," ''Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good," ''You're My Best Friend," ''Some Broken Hearts Never Mend," ''Till the Rivers All Run Dry" and "Back in My Younger Days."

Also on Friday, Troy Gentry, one half of the award-winning country music duo Montgomery Gentry, died in a helicopter crash just hours before a concert, according to a statement from the band's website. He was 50.

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