Legendary US country singer Don Williams has passed away at the age of 78 after a short illness.
The singer, known as the gentle giant of country music, began his solo career in 1971 and achieved 17 number one country hits before he retired last year.
His songs like ‘Gypsy Woman’ and ‘Tulsa Time’ were covered by singers such as Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend.
Other big hits included "I Believe in You," ″Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good," ″You're My Best Friend," ″Some Broken Hearts Never Mend," ″Till the Rivers All Run Dry" and "Back in My Younger Days.
Williams also appeared in the movies "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings" and "Smokey and the Bandit II."
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.