Texan country music singer Don Williams has died at the age of 78.
He enjoyed great success with his easy-going singing style.
Don Williams passed away after a short illness, his publicist said.
He began his solo career in 1971, amassing 17 No 1 country hits.
His songs, such as Gypsy Woman and Tulsa Time, were covered by many other singers – including Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.
Don Williams was known as the gentle giant of country music.
Other hits included You’re My Best Friend, I Believe in You and Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good.
In 2010, Don Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
A second country singer, Troy Gentry of the popular country duo Montgomery Gentry, has also died at the age of 50. He was killed in a helicopter crash.
A statement of the band’s website said: “It is with great sadness that we confirm that Troy Gentry, half of the popular country duo, Montgomery Gentry, was tragically killed in a helicopter crash which took place at approximately 1:00pm today in Medford, New Jersey.”
The band said details of the crash were not immediately known.
Troy Gentry was due to perform in Medford on September 8.