ASCAP will honor Don Williams with the ASCAP Golden Note Award during its 49th Annual Country Music Awards on November 6 in Nashville. The Golden Note Award is presented to those who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Garth Brooks, Fleetwood Mac’s Lindsey Buckingham, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Alan Jackson, Quincy Jones, Reba McEntire, JD Souther, Stevie Wonder, André Previn and Tom Petty are among those who have received this honor.
“Don is one of country music’s most successful performers of the past four decades,” ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams said. “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.”
Don has 45 Top 10 hits and 17 No. 1s to his credit. He began his career as part of the folk-pop trio Pozo-Seco Singers before going solo. Don’s 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.” Some of his signature songs (written by others) include “Amanda,” “I Believe In You,” “It Must Be Love” and “Tulsa Time.” Don was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010.
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 as well as the Songwriter of the Year, Songwriter/Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Publisher of the Year. Several artists will be on hand to perform.