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This Week in Texas Music History: Don Williams
by Stephen Becker 27 May 2011

This Week in Texas Music History, we’ll celebrate a Texas singer who is as popular abroad as he is here at home.


Art&Seek presents This Week in Texas Music History. Every week, we’ll spotlight a different moment and the musician who made it. This week, Texas music scholar Gary Hartman celebrates a Texas singer who is as popular abroad as he is here at home.

You can also hear This Week in Texas Music History on Friday on KXT and Saturday on KERA radio. But subscribe to the podcast so you won’t miss an episode. And our thanks to KUT public radio in Austin for helping us bring this segment to you. And if you’re a music lover, be sure to check out Track by Track, the bi-weekly podcast from Paul Slavens, host of KXT’s The Paul Slavens Show, heard Sunday night’s at 8.

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Don Williams was born on May 27, 1939, in Floydada, Texas. He started as a folk singer in the 1960s, performing with the Pozo Seco Singers. By the 1970s, he had launched a successful solo career as a country artist with such hits as “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend,” “I Recall a Gypsy Woman” and “Tulsa Time.”  Although Don Williams is still very popular in the United States, he also has millions of fans throughout Europe, where he has won numerous awards, earned the admiration of such British rock stars as Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend, and continues to draw large crowds wherever he performs.