Here's 10 hits from Don Williams - Country Music Hall of Famer with 17 chart-toppers and many memorable songs.
The story of a free spirit who realizes he wouldn't make a good father.
When singers were trying to out-do each other with acoustic-based performances, Williams turned to strong writing.
Although most of Williams' songs about love involve a happy beginning, middle, and end, his husky voice also lent itself to tales of the broken-hearted.
Early in his solo run, Williams sang of an anchor in life's ocean that could be a spiritual analogy, aside from the opening verse's mention of a wedding band.
Another can't-miss song type tells of its singer's simpler childhood and the ageless value of those other trusty Williams boys -- Hank and Tennessee.
Only Ricky Skaggs and John Denver shouted louder, prouder pronouncements of their down-home credibility.
Despite all of this talk of old-timey love ballads, Williams made a resounding impact on the future of country music's relationship with West Coast rock 'n' roll with this 1978 single.
For proof that Williams was a home-spun chart-topper in what was already an increasingly pop-friendly business, search no further than this lone top 25 pop single.
Finding contentment in life, yet still praying for a few more earthly blessings, spoke to country audiences from the earliest pickers in the Appalachian Mountains to the music of the various modern acts to grow up hearing Williams' albums.