Ace Nashville songwriter Kim Williams passed away on Thursday (Feb. 11) at the age of 68. A native of Kingsport, Tenn., he started early in the business, actually writing his first composition before he was a teenager. He also played in several regional bands until he got married and started to raise a family, before going to work in the construction and electronic-technical sector.
In 1974, he was severely burned in an electrical fire at a glass plant that he was working at. Williams endured over 200 surgeries in the aftermath. Many of his treatments required travels to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, and the trips re-lit his musical fires, as he began to seriously hone his skills as a songwriter for the first time.