By Barry Gilbert
St. Louis Post-Dispatch


September 8, 2005

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Nothing was complicated about a Don Williams record during the '70s and '80s. Some country artists of his hit-making era were outlaw edgy, some were country rockers and most all of them were louder. But nobody could sell a ballad like Williams, whose husky voice could melt steel. Born in Texas, Williams, 66, first found recording fame with the pop-folk trio the Pozo Seco Singers in the late '60s before heading ı032 ? 0006.01şto Nashville to be a songwriter. After "We Should Be Together" made the charts, the major labels came calling and his string of hits began: "You're My Best Friend," "Amanda," "Tulsa Time," "I've Got a Winner in You," "It Must Be Love," "I Believe in You" 17 No. 1 records in all, plus many more that charted through 1992. Williams unofficially retired for a few years in the '90s, but the "gentle giant" is back on the road, if not on the radio, and that's a good thing for country music.