Country singer Don Williams dies aged 78 after a 'short illness'

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A press release from the singer's PR team confirmed his death "after a short illness", saying that funeral arrangements are pending.

Williams retired in early 2016 after being forced to cancel a tour due to sickness. @SundownerTV how abt you do a music mix for us the fans this Sunday?

In 2013, he was nominated for a Grammy for Best Country Duo/Group Performance for his duet with Alison Krauss for their duet, "I Just Come Here for the Music" off his album, And So It Goes.

He will be remembered for hits like "I Believe In You Lord", "You Are My Best Friend,"I Hope This Day Is Good", "Till The River All Run Dry", "Some Broken Hearts Never Mend" and "Back In My Younger Days".

Eric Clapton (who covered "Tulsa Time") and Pete Townshend were fans.

He was also popular overseas, touring in Europe and Africa and charting on British charts.

Country singer Don Williams, one of the biggest country singers of the '70s and a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, died Friday in Mobile, Alabama, the New York Times reports.

Both musicians were well established in their genre, but they leave this world at very different times in their careers.

In 1978, Williams was named male vocalist of the year by the Country Music Association.

His stardom also earned him a few movie roles, including a cameo as himself in 1980′s "Smokey and the Bandit II". The first time I saw him I was sitting next to some folks and Don was halfway through his first song when the man turned to the women who was next to me and he said "it doesn't get any smoother".

"One of the greatest to ever sing a country song", wrote Rodney Atkins on Twitter.

Rest in Peace, Don Williams and Troy Gentry.

Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.

"It's time to hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home", he said in a statement at the time.

Williams was born in Floydada, TX (north east of Lubbock) and grew up in Portland, TX (near Corpus Christi).

Throughout his professional career, which began in 1965 as part of the folk-pop trio the Pozo-Seco Singers and concluded after the 2014 release of Reflections, Williams never seemed like he was trying at all.

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