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This song always gives me hope. No matter how bad the day is no matter the way my life is going

Don Williams’ “I Believe in You” is a standout track in his illustrious career, capturing the essence of his gentle, soothing vocal style that endeared him to fans worldwide.

Released in August 1980, the song was penned by Roger Cook and Sam Hogin and became an instant classic in Williams’ repertoire, marking his eleventh number one on the country chart. Remarkably, “I Believe in You” also became Williams’ only Top 40 entry in the U.S., where it reached number 24, showcasing its crossover appeal beyond the country music sphere. The song enjoyed international success as well, charting in Australia, New Zealand, and various European countries, illustrating Williams’ broad global appeal​​​​.

Don Williams, often referred to as the “Gentle Giant” of country music due to his imposing stature and soft-spoken nature, had a career filled with top ten hits spanning from the 1970s into the early 1990s. His journey in music saw him amass a significant number of chart-toppers, with “I Believe in You” being a significant milestone in his career. Beyond his music, Williams occasionally appeared in films, notably in Burt Reynolds movies like “W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings” and “Smokey and the Bandit II,” where he not only acted but also contributed musically.

Despite announcing his retirement in 2006, Williams’ love for music saw him return to touring, further solidifying his status as a beloved figure in country music. However, in 2016, he announced his retirement from touring, citing a desire to enjoy quiet time at home, underscoring his enduring connection with his fanbase and the music community​​.

Williams’ personal life was marked by his longstanding marriage to Joy Janene Bucher in 1960, with whom he had two children. His life came to a close on September 8, 2017, when he passed away in Mobile, Alabama, due to emphysema. Williams’ legacy is adorned with accolades, including the 1981 CMA Album of the Year for “I Believe in You,” and a posthumous President’s Award at the Americana Music Honors & Awards in 2022, celebrating his enduring influence on the music industry and his timeless contributions to the country music genre​​.

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