BY LORIE LIEBIG Wide Open Country
Country Music Hall of Fame member Don Williams is officially stepping away from country music.
The 76-year-old hitmaker shared the news of his retirement from the music industry through a press release on March 1. The news comes just weeks after he was forced to cancel his entire 2016 tour due to an unexpected hip replacement surgery.
“It’s time to hang my hat up and enjoy some quiet time at home,” Williams shared. “I’m so thankful for my fans, my friends and my family for their everlasting love and support.”
Nicknamed “The Gentle Giant,” Williams earned 17 number one country hits over his expansive career, including “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend,” “You’re My Best Friend” and “I Believe in You.” He first broke into the music scene with The Pozo Seco Singers, who enjoyed success on the pop charts in 1966 and 1967. As a solo artist, Williams released a hit song every year from 1974 to 1991.
Williams first went into retirement in 2006 after completing an international farewell tour. Four years later, he returned to the touring circuit and went on to record two more albums, 2012’s And So It Goes and 2014’s Reflections.