Gene Watson was born in Palestine, Texas, on October 11, 1943 and began his music career in the early 1970s, performing in local clubs at night while working in a Houston auto body shop during the day. He only recorded for a few small, regional record labels until 1974, when Capitol Records picked up his album Love in the Hot Afternoon and released it nationally. The title track, a mid-tempo ballad in 3/4 time, was released in June 1975 and it quickly reached Number 3 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart. Watson's national success continued throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, as he recorded several Billboard top-40 hits, including "Where Love Begins," "Paper Rosie," "Should I Go Home (or Should I Go Crazy)," "Nothing Sure Looked Good on You." and "Farewell Party" which was released in 1979 and quickly became Watson's signature song and soon allowed Watson to name his band after the tragic ballad. In 1982, after switching to the MCA label, he recorded the only number-one hit of his career, "Fourteen Carat Mind." He followed up with several more hits in the early 1980s, including "Speak Softly (You're Talking to My Heart)," "You're Out Doing What I'm Here Doing Without" and "Got No Reason Now for Going Home." By the mid-1980s, he was recording for Epic Records, where his most notable hit was 1985's "Memories to Burn." Watson never gave up his classical country style, even as he continued to record music throughout the 1980s. He signed with Warner Bros. and released two new albums in 1989 and 1991. He recorded his last album, From the Heart, under the Row Music Group label in 2001. In 2005, Watson released his latest album, "Then & Now." In May 2007, Gene Watson signed with the independent Shanachie Records & began work on his first album for the label, which will include new material, along with at least 3 covers of some of Gene's favourite classic country tunes including Merle Haggard's classic "Today I started Loving You Again". The new album, 'In a Perfect World', will be officially released on Tuesday 25 September 2007. It was also in May 2007 (Saturday 5 May 2007) that the (all new) Gene Watson Site went 'live'. The site, which is owned & maintained by Sean Brady, is based in the Republic of Ireland & receives full support from Sarah Brosmer at Lytle Management in Nashville (Gene Watson's management team) & Gene Watson himself. n September 2007 "In A Perfect World" was released to the public. The album was received by the country music industry as being one of the best recordings of the year. For more information, See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Watson
CD List: 1971 - Gene Watson - Gene Watson 1975 - Gene Watson - Love In The Hot Afternoon 1976 - Gene Watson - Because You Believed In Me 1977 - Gene Watson - Paper Rosie 1978 - Gene Watson - Beautiful Country 1978 - Gene Watson - Reflections 1978 - Gene Watson - The Best Of Gene Watson (Liberty) 1979 - Gene Watson - Should I Come Home 1980 - Gene Watson - No One Will Ever Know 1981 - Gene Watson - Between This Time & The Next Time 1981 - Gene Watson - Old Loves Never Die 1981 - Gene Watson - The Best Of Gene Watson Vol. 2 1982 - Gene Watson - This Dream's On Me 1983 - Gene Watson - Little By Little 1983 - Gene Watson (With The Farewell Party Band) - Sometimes I Get Lucky 1984 - Gene Watson - Heartaches, Love & Stuff 1985 - Gene Watson - Greatest Hits 1985 - Gene Watson - Memories To Burn 1986 - Gene Watson - Starting New Memories 1986 - Gene Watson - Texas Saturday Night 1987 - Gene Watson - Honky Tonk Crazy 1989 - Gene Watson - Back In The Fire 1991 - Gene Watson - At Last 1992 - Gene Watson - In Other Words 1993 - Gene Watson - Uncharted Mind 1996 - Gene Watson - The Good Ole Days 1997 - Gene Watson - A Way To Survive 1997 - Gene Watson - Jesus Is All I Need 1999 - Gene Watson - Eighteen Greatest Hits 2001 - Gene Watson - From The Heart 2001 - Gene Watson - Ultimate Collection 2003 - Gene Watson - ...Sings 2004 - Gene Watson - The Gospel Side Of 2005 - Gene Watson - At His Best 2006 - Gene Watson - Love In The Hot Afternoon (Gusto) 2007 - Gene Watson - In A Perfect World 2008 - Gene Watson - Matters Of The Heart 2009 - Gene Watson - Taste Of The Truth 2011 - Gene Watson And Rhonda Vincent - Your Money And My Good Looks
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