Did you know that when he got bored the great country music artist Don Williams would mow the high school baseball field and the city park? He also donated heavily to charities and the local Churchs. How do I know this? Well, fellow blogger Max at Powerpop told me he interracted with Don. He lived a few miles from where Max grew up about 30 minutes from Nashville. ‘He (Don Williams) was always nice to me and the people in town knew him, but he never acted like he was anything special‘.
I Recall a Gypsy Woman is the second song to feature here from Don Williams. The first song Amanda is where Max described meeting Don (see comments section). In 2010 Don was an inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He began his solo career in 1971, singing popular ballads and amassing 17 number one country hits.
Williams has had a strong influence over a variety of recording artists of different genres. His hits have been covered by artists such as Johnny Cash, Eric Clapton, and Kenny Rogers. According to Max, curiously Don was good friends with Eric Clapton. ‘Clapton really started to admire Don in the mid to late seventies. That is when Eric started to do some country tinged songs like Lay Down Sally and Promises. He covered one of Don’s songs on Slowhand…We’re All The Way…‘
I Recall a Gypsy Woman
Silver coins that jingle jangle,
Fancy shoes that dance in time
Oh, the secrets of her dark eyes,
They did sing a gypsy rhyme
Yellow clover in tangled blossoms
In a meadow silky green
Where she held me to her bosom,
Just a boy of seventeen
I recall a gypsy woman
Silver spangles in her eyes
Ivory skin against the moonlight
And the taste of life’s sweet wine
I Recall a Gypsy Woman is a song written by Bob McDill and Allen Reynolds, and originally recorded by Don Williams in 1973. In 1976, at the height of the country and western boom in Britain, his version charted at number 13 on the UK Singles Chart, the best position for Williams on this chart. The song was previously the B-side of Williams’ 1973 single “Atta Way to Go”, which peaked at number 13 on the Hot Country Songs charts in 1973.
Williams had some minor roles in Burt Reynolds movies. In 1975, Williams appeared as a member of the Dixie Dancekings band in the movie W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings, alongside Reynolds. Williams also appeared as himself in the Universal Pictures movie Smokey and the Bandit II, in which he also played a number of songs
1. Don Williams – wikipedia