In the past four and a half decades that Don Williams has been writing and perfoming great country music, he's been handed a boat load of awards.  Now The American Society of Composers, Artists and Publishers has decided to award him their prestigious Golden Note Award.

The award will recognize the 72-year-old's contributions to the country music industry.  

Over his career, Don has written songs for such talents (and some legends) as  Johnny Cash, Lefty Frizzell, Kenny Rogers, Alan Jackson and Josh Turner, just to name a few, and has also enjoyed a stellar solo career, boasting more than 50 Top 40 singles, including 17 No. 1 hits.

ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams is quoted in an interview on "Don is one of country music's most successful performers of the past four decades.  His knack for finding songs that speak directly to people's hearts has earned him millions of fans worldwide. He is a true international country music star, and we are very proud to honor him with ASCAP's Golden Note Award in recognition of his extraordinary career."

Wiliams joins a very, very impressive group that has also been awarded the Golden Note Award, including Garth Brooks, Lindsey Buckingham, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder, Tom Petty and Sean Combs.

The presentation will be made during an invitation-only event on November 6 in Nashville.

A real honor for Mr. Williams and one that is well-deserved.    I remember playing Don Williams tunes, both his performance and songs wrtitten by him, when I first got into this silly business.  Bless him for his contributions.

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