My old man was a grand admirer of the American country singer Don Williams. We listened to his records a lot when I was growing up. I could understand years later why he liked him so. He perfected a smooth as silk vocal. When I hear his laid back style it evokes a ‘all is good with the world’ – air of contentment. Affectionately known as the ‘Gentle Giant’ Williams has had a strong influence over a variety of recording artists of different genres. In 2010, Don Williams was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. It saddened me to learn of this passing in 2017. He will feature quite a lot in this music library project, so I won’t overload you this being the first post.
According to wikipedia: “Amanda” (see video below) is a 1973 song written by Bob McDill and was first recorded and released as a single by Don Williams in the summer of 1973 as the flip side of his No. 12 hit “Come Early Morning.” Williams’ version reached No. 33 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Chris Stapleton covered this song on the 2017 tribute album to Don Williams “Gentle Giants: The Songs of Don Williams”.
Additional References: Flashback: Don Williams Emerges as ‘the Gentle Giant’ With ‘Amanda’ – RollingStone.
Someone remarked on youtube about the below video: ‘Now this is real country. I wish we had guys like this on the radio these days‘.
I’ve held it all inward
Lord knows I’ve tried
It’s an awful awakenin’
In a country boy’s life
When you look in the mirror
In total surprise
At the hair on your shoulders
And the age in your eyes.