Don Williams music has been very prevalent here lately. I don’t think I’ve heard a mediocre song by him. He was an American country singer, songwriter, and 2010 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His straightforward yet smooth bass-baritone voice, soft tones, and imposing build earned him the nickname “The Gentle Giant“. You can find more biographical information about Don in my earlier posts. Today’s song I’ll Be Faithful to You was written by English singer-songwriter Paul Kennerley. It was released on Don’s 1984 album Cafe Carolina which peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.
I can see your heart is achin’
He hurt you more than he knew
But should you ever want to love again
I’ll be faithful to you
You’ve been crying like a willow
When the night bird sings so blue
Trust was broken but hearts will heal
And I’ll be faithful to you
It’s strange that a man born and raised in England would become such a prolific composer for some of the biggest names in American Country music. Paul Kennerley composed many songs for various artists including Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings & Don Williams (featured below). In 1976 when he was working in advertising in London, he heard the song “Let’s All Help the Cowboys Sing the Blues” by Waylon Jennings. “It really excited me…I immediately hunted down every Waylon record I could find.”
Paul Kennerley quit his job in advertising and allowed himself three months to develop his talents as a songwriter. In 1983, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where he started working with Harris on her semi-autobiographical concept album, The Ballad of Sally Rose, co-writing and producing the album.