It has been a good while since country music star Don Williams has been in Augusta, but fans who last saw him here surely cannot forget his memorable Texas drawl and smooth voice.
He is returning for a show at Bell Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 16.
It is a pretty safe bet that before the night is over he will have the audience singing along on his 1974 No. 1
hit ballad You’re My Best Friend.
The chorus goes, “You’re my bread when I’m hungry. You’re my shelter from troubled winds. You’re my anchor in life’s ocean, but most of all you’re my best friend.”
During a 1977 concert at Bell Auditorium, Williams got the audience singing that chorus loudly and said in an interview afterward, “I love it when they sing along with me. I really do. I don’t think there is anything prettier than everyone singing together.”
Williams first came to fame when he formed the Pozo Seco Singers in 1964 with Lofton Kline and Susan Taylor while living in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Williams and Kline previously had been performing as a duo called Strangers Two.
They had several hit singles on Columbia Records including Time (Where Did You Go?), I Can Make It With You and Look What You’ve Done before disbanding in 1969. Kline and Taylor have had their own performing careers with Taylor recording as Taylor Pie.
Williams started churning out hit singles for ABC, Dot, MCA and Capitol in the early 1970s, including Tulsa Time, I’m Just A Country Boy, Some Broken Hearts Never Mend, Till The Rivers All Run Dry, (Turn out The Light And) Love Me Tonight, Say It Again and I Wouldn’t Want To Live If You Didn’t Love Me.
According to his official Web site, don-williams.com, Williams was the first country music artist to make a concept music video, which was produced in 1973 in support of his third single for JMI Records (Come Early Morning).
Besides his singing career, Williams also had a prominent role in the Burt Reynolds’ movie W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings.
Williams said during his 1977 Augusta stop that he doesn’t try to figure out why he has had so much success.
“I just try to be as honest and straightforward as I know how,” he said backstage.
“To me, the ultimate compliment is to be understood and then to be appreciated.”