Saturday, April 27, 2013

"I Believe in You" by Don Williams

Song#:  0344
Date:  09/27/1980
Debut:  92
Peak:  24
Weeks:  20
Genre:  Country

Pop Bits:  Williams' solo career began in 1971 and since that time he has amassed seventeen #1 country hits. In addition, the vast majority of all his singles released reached the Top 10. But not all country superstars can crossover to pop and that was the case with Williams. This was his lone pop chart entry and this title-track success gave him is only gold studio album. In 2006, Williams retired from music and did a farewell tour, but like a lot of musicians who "retire," they end up coming back and he returned with a new album and tour in 2012. His last country Top 10 was in 1991.

ReduxReview:  I imagine that this song might have been caught up in the Urban Cowboy craze, even though it was not on the soundtrack. The song is quite country for a pop chart entry and it did very well going Top 25. I've always thought this old-style country tune was very sweet and Williams' voice is so comforting. You don't hear songs like this on the radio any longer - worse yet, you don't really hear it on country radio. Kind of sad.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Double Shot!  1) His soft baritone and demeanor combined with an imposing presence garnered him the nickname "gentle giant."  2) Williams' first group was a duo with Lofton Kline called The Strangers Two. Later, they added Susan Taylor and became the Pozo-Seco Singers. This folk-pop group went on to have six chart songs between 1966-67 with their best showing being two songs that peaked at #32 in 1966 - "I Can Make It with You" and "Look What You've Done." (Extra! Pozo-Seco is a geological term that translated means "dry well." Why they called themselves a dry well, I can't say.)


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