From “Shelter of Your Eyes” (1973) to “Lord Have Mercy on a Country Boy” (1991), Williams placed 49 singles in the Top 20. All but five made the Top 10. Seventeen reached No. 1. The Best of Don Williams, Volume II and The Best of Don Williams, Volume III went gold. His best-selling album, I Believe in You, went platinum.
Among his best-known hits were “You’re My Best Friend,” “Lord, I Hope This Day Is Good,” and “Tulsa Time.” “Till the Rivers All Run Dry” brought him to the attention of rock fans when the Who’s Pete Townshend and Small Faces’ Ronnie Lane included a faithful rendition on their 1977 album Rough Mix.
Williams didn’t write the majority of what he recorded. Rather, it was with the assured and reassuring nature of his warm baritone voice and acoustic guitar that he laid claim to the material and came to be regarded as a reliable purveyor of aural balm.