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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"You're My Best Friend"

After Williams' breakthrough in 1974, he returned the next April with the release of You're My Best Friend. The album's title track brought him a second Number One song and marked the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership with songwriter Wayland Holyfield. It was the first time Holyfield topped the U.S. charts in a career that would see him pen hits for everyone from Charley Pride to Anne Murray to George Strait. "You're My Best Friend" was quintessential Williams – a plaintive, loping ode to marital bonds with a gentle, soothing string accompaniment. The song also marked Williams' true beginning as a commercial juggernaut, as it topped the Canadian country chart and cracked the U.K. Top 40, while the album's next single, "(Turn Out the Light and) Love Me Tonight," also went to Number One three months later. J.G.

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