ASCAP will honor country music star Don Williams with the prestigious ASCAP Golden Note Award during its 49th Annual Country Music Awards, taking place on Sun., Nov. 6, 2011 at Nashville’s Gaylord Opryland. The invitation-only event will also honor the songwriters and publishers of ASCAP’s most performed country songs from April 1, 2010 through March 31, 2011, and present awards for Songwriter of the Year, Songwriter/Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year.
ASCAP’s Golden Note Award is bestowed upon songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Past recipients include Garth Brooks, Lindsey Buckingham, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Alan Jackson, Quincy Jones, Reba McEntire, JD Souther, Stevie Wonder, André Previn and Tom Petty.
Commenting on the award to Williams, ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams said, “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.”
Texas-born recording artist and songwriter Don Williams has enjoyed 45 Top Ten hits and 17 No. 1 singles. Williams’ career stared as a member of the mid-1960’s folk-pop trio, the Pozo-Seco Singers. His self-penned hits include “The Shelter of Your Eyes,” “Lay Down Beside Me,” “Love Me Over Again,” and his collaboration with Wayland Holyfield, “Till the Rivers All Run Dry.” Williams is closely associated with songwriters Bob McDill (“Amanda,” “It Must Be Love”), Holyfield (“You’re My Best Friend,” “Some Broken Hearts Never Mend”) and Danny Flowers (“Tulsa Time”), recording hit versions of their songs. Despite a well-known aversion to the spotlight, Williams has risen to international fame. His enduring place in music was recognized in 2010 with his election to the Country Music Hall of Fame.