I Recall a Gypsy Woman (1973) – Don Williams

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

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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20 comments on “I Recall a Gypsy Woman (1973) – Don Williams
  1. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Thanks for the link Matt.
    Whenever I hear him sing now…I think of him when I was a kid and I think of my mom who loved his music. He was a true gentleman.
    He also had such an incredible country voice.

    • The more I read about him, the more I learn just how prolific he was. His voice is just tranquil and effortless.
      I didn’t know your Mum liked him so. My old man was a huge fan. Thanks for commenting Max. have a great Saturday!

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        I’ll always respect him as a singer and a human being. He was a giant in country music. I’m doing a post on him soon and I’m linking you…I appreciate it Matt! Hope you have a wonderful Saturday.

      • Hey, that’s a nice gesture on your part. Thanks Max. Were you aware when growing up close to him that his music was internationally famous?

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        No…I knew he was on the radio but by that time I had read about The Beatles and all over the world. I thought he was just in Nashville to tell you the truth. It amazes me that your Dad heard of him at that time. I only thought country was contained in the south.

      • It depends on the years you knew him I suppose. My Dad had records of him in Australia by 1978 I imagine. I keep forgetting to ask my Mum how Dad came across his music, not to mention his adoration for Mike Batt’s record Tarot Suite. As they say Max, you grew up in the thick of it lol

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Yes that was around the time I was talking about. I was 11 in 78 so that is the time!
        I’ve also found out that Canada has always been big into country music which surprised me.

      • I was 4 that year, but Don, Elton and Mike Batt were the first artists I recall hearing. I just finished writing to my Mum asking her, how Dad came across his music.
        Country music from your parts is widely recognised in most Western nations. New Zealand liked Don a lot also and in England this Gypsy woman song was a big hit.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        See that is all new to me…I never would have thought country music would have travelled that far.
        That explains why Eric Clapton started to hang out with Don around that time and Don influenced him a lot. In songs like Promises and Tulsa Time.

      • That’s what took me back when you said you personally knew Don Williams. If you had known at that age what a mega influence his music was on Western Societies, no one would have let him mown the lawns alone where you were lol

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        LOL… Oh I wouldn’t have left him alone at all!

      • That’s what I didn’t understand is how he lived in a pre digital society and y’all unaware of his impact internationally. They were the good ol days.
        A Don Williams talent of today wouldn’t have a chance making it big. You can’t just sing quaint and nice. You have to be post analogue era where you do stupid sh(t to get attention.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Your last sentence says it all! That is so true.

  2. You never know where Max has been! Great singer! Great song! (I’m talking about Don!)

  3. […] friend Matt (observationblogger) posted two songs (Amanda and I Recall A Gypsy Woman) by Don Williams and it reminded me of my memories of meeting Don Williams as a pre-teen and […]

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