Chris Stapleton paused his Cincinnati, Ohio concert Friday night (Sept. 8) to say a few words about Don Williams, the country legend who died earlier that same day. Stapleton referred to Williams as his "hero," and he and wife Morgane then treated the crowd to a powerful cover of Williams' song, "Amanda." Readers can press play above to watch the video of the performance.

Artists have been paying tribute to Williams since the news of his death. The Brothers Osborne and Old Dominion both performed "Tulsa Time" during their respective Friday night shows, while Keith Urban took to social media to share his grief.

“I cannot put into words the depth of sadness I feel right now at hearing of Don’s passing,” Urban wrote along with a short video, a clip from the pair’s “Imagine That” music video.

Williams debuted on the country charts in 1973, with “The Shelter of Your Eyes,” and on the charts is where he stayed. From 1974 through 1991, all of Williams’ singles landed in the Top 40. He won numerous accolades, including being named Male Vocalist of the Year at the CMA Awards in 1978, and in 2010, being inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Williams died on Sept. 8 following a brief illness. He was 78.

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