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Gene Watson

Though he can sing honky tonk, Gene Watson built a reputation for soulful ballads in the classic country tradition. Born one of seven children in Palestine, Texas, Watson married early and was working as an auto-body man when he began frequenting the clubs in Houston. He recorded for a few small-time regional labels like Wide World and Stoneway during the early '70s. Watson finally had success in 1974, when a steamy single for Resco -- "Love in the Hot Afternoon" -- was picked up for national distribution by Capitol Records, igniting a firestorm of national hits: "Where Love Begins," "Paper Rosie," "Farewell Party," "Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)," and "Nothing Sure Looked Good on You." In 1982, shortly after moving to MCA, Watson recorded his only chart-topper, "Fourteen Carat Mind." A parade of Top Ten entries followed during the early '80s, including "Speak Softly (You're Talking to My Heart)" and "You're Out Doing What I'm Here Doing Without." Between 1993 and 1997 Watson released four albums on the independent label Step One: Uncharted Mind, Good Ole Days, Jesus Is All I Need, and A Way to Survive. Four years later From the Heart was issued on RMG Records, followed by the 2005 Koch release Gene Watson...Then & Now. In a Perfect World appeared on Shanachie Records in the summer of 2007. Watson continued his signature brand of traditional country with 2009's A Taste of the Truth, which featured guest spots from Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss and Trace Adkins. Watson and Vincent released an all-duets album, Your Money and My Good Looks, on UMM Records in 2011. Watson's classic sides were owned and controlled by the various corporate labels he recorded for over the years, so to mark his 50th anniversary as a recording artist in 2012, Watson released Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits on his own Fourteen Carat Music label, faithfully re-recording his hits and making them, in a sense, finally truly his. ~ David Vinopal & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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Gene is by far one of my favorites. I listen to Best of The Best all the time. My favorite driving music! Love his music. Such a great talent!
fre857
Gene Watson is one of the best and by far the most underrated singer of my lifetime
Shame his Step One albums aren't available here. Love those songs.
n5vrp.satx
Gene Watson is an artist who really brings real stories in his music and is a favorite artist of mine for many, many years.
Gene Watson is a real country singer who still sings real country. Keep on keepin' on, Gene.
It was Gene Watson, George Jones, and Vern Gosden. We only have Gene left, please take care of yourself!!
Is Gene Watson still married and where are his children?
I heard Gene Watson sing in a club in Houston in August 1975. Counting our group, there were maybe 20 people in the place! He was good!
one of the best live performances I've ever seen was Gene and Johnny Bush singing Farewell Party together at the old Bandera Cabaret...aw e s o m e to hear such talented men who have overcome health issues to keep performing and giving us their very best. Thanks Gene!!
A beautiful, strong voice with an astounding range! Always been one of my favorites!
filengo
I worked with Gene at Southwest Lincoln Mercury in Houston back in the early 70's. A cousin of Gene's also worked with him in the body shop. I remember them as hard working, happy and polite gentlemen.
It don't get now better than this
Oops hit send too soon Loved him. Since back in the 70's. He doesn't get the recognition he deserves.
Have loved Gene since I heartd d him.back in
Should be right up there with Johnny Cash Hank Williams senior interest for the bad boys
Gene is my favorite male singer. We go out of our way to see him in concert whenever possible. His new CD My Heroes Have Always Been Country is awesome.
ONE OF THE GREATEST SINGERS
greyryder160 0
one of the best and most unappreciate d singers ever! don slattery
Love Gene's sing as he is truly a real country singer. Never tire of hearing him sing. Has a great show also. He should be a member of the Texas Hall of Fame. Best of luck to you Gene. Keep singing and we our fans will keep buying your music and attending your shows.
great, age does not matter,only adds.
best of all of em
paulchaney61
We need more great artist like Gene!
Gary Gene Watson IS country music. He is now and will always be the best in my humble opinion.
I agre. Gene is one if the best country voices.
markp874
He will always be my favorite channel here on Pandora.
Have always loved gene
Doesn't get any better than Gene and George their music takes you to a good place in life
Love Gene Watson. Don't get to hear enough of his music.
dkpowell54
Love Gene Watson. Awesome man!
jlh5444
George Jones and Gene Watson the Greatist of all
Excited to hear him tomorrow at a private party. One of my favorites
Hadn't heard him until started listening to Sirius Music, late at night. He has some wonderful songs. This is what country is all about!
Heard him for the first time 11/23/13 and he will remain my all time favorite - awesome personality and voice
REALLY LOVE GENE WATSON..
love his recording of Noone will ever know. He is one of the best.
guidogranny
I love Gene. WE named our boat, Love in the Hot Afternoon.
Love gene watson
love song between this time and next great singer
love song between this time and next great singer
love song between this time and next great singer
Hey Jean hope to get to see you soon again and May be at the Kimbroughs take his back over to the Jerry world and see you ball game enjoy your music
Very under rated.
He deserves to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry. I don't understand why Gene Watson is not !! He still sings great.
Love the song
momwillie1
I've seen him many times a lot at the Crystal Palace in Bakersfield Ca, I know why the entertainers say He's a singers, singer and The Voice I've never heard him heard him sing a bad note, perfect pitch. I love him. This ole lady is still crazy about him. Willie (Griffin) Weddle





I (Richard Gonzalez) was working at Joes Trading Post in Houston Texas (Wholesale Tool Co) and we were sitting down eating lunch and in walked in Gene Watson and one of the guys (the owner son Jimmy Morris) asked hey aren't you Gene Watson and Gene replied yes I am. He was so down to earth and was so kind it was aweosme. Later on that year I went to a event in Houston and Bamm there was Gene Watson and his band playing in front of thousands of people, How awesome is that.
atemple268
I saw him several in and around houston in the 80's. my favorite was the prison rodeo at huntsville in 86. He shared the stage with charlie mcclain. It was totally awesome. When he was a young, struggling musician he used to get gas at the service station my father in law worked at. Early 70's i would say. Gene watson is one of my favorites.
millsgary93
He came to my small hometown last fall and didn't get to go, but I heard it was standing room only by show time!!
I was lucky enough to see Gene Watson at the Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City this past Friday, March 1st, 2013. My husband and I drove my mother up from Fort Myers (Lee County) to the festival and Gene's show. My mother is now 85 and still idolize's him! I enjoyed it as much as she did, and Gene could not have sounded any better... :)
love gene watson
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