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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"If I Needed You"

Written by Townes Van Zandt, this moving ballad was first heard on Van Zandt's 1972 LP The Late Great Townes Van Zandt. Nine years later, Emmylou Harris recruited Williams for a duet on the song, which she included on her LP Cimarron. While it may never have been intended as a duet, Williams' smooth baritone and Harris' gentle folk-country vocal blend beautifully, creating one of the most romantic pairings in the country canon. A Number Three single in the U.S., it also topped the country chart in Canada. Covered most recently by husband-and-wife duo Joey + Rory, it has also been cut previously by Guy Clark, Lyle Lovett, Doc Watson and many others. S.B.  

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