Don Williams: 10 Essential Songs

From "Tulsa Time" to "Good Ole Boys Like Me," the key tracks of the country vocalist, who died September 8th at 78

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"Good Ole Boys Like Me"

One of the greatest country songs of all time, this sweet, nostalgic tune from Bob McDill, a Number Two single in 1980, offers glimpses of vintage Southern life. There are complicated memories of a father "with gin on his breath and a Bible in his hand," cherished nights listening to legendary deejays John R. and Wolfman Jack on the radio and wisdom imparted by "those Williams boys, Hank and Tennessee." What this Williams boy does with those memories is simply magical, and although the song also name-checks Thomas Wolfe, who wrote You Can't Go Home Again, Williams' delivery suggests that home is anywhere you leave your heart. S.B.

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