Gene Watson

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Gene Watson
Gene Watson 2007.jpg
Watson performing at the Grand Ole Opry in 2007
Background information
Birth nameGary Gene Watson
Born(1943-10-11) October 11, 1943 (age 70)
OriginPalestine, Texas, USA
GenresCountry music
OccupationsSinger
Years active1970s–present
Websitewww.genewatsonmusic.com
 
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Gene Watson
Gene Watson 2007.jpg
Watson performing at the Grand Ole Opry in 2007
Background information
Birth nameGary Gene Watson
Born(1943-10-11) October 11, 1943 (age 70)
OriginPalestine, Texas, USA
GenresCountry music
OccupationsSinger
Years active1970s–present
Websitewww.genewatsonmusic.com

Gary Gene Watson (born October 11, 1943) is an American country singer. He is most famous for his 1975 hit "Love in the Hot Afternoon," his 1982 hit "Fourteen Carat Mind," and his signature song "Farewell Party." Watson's long career has notched six number ones, 23 top tens and over 75 charted singles.

Biography[edit]

Watson was born in Palestine, Texas, in 1943. He 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 recorded for only 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 three-quarter time, was released in June 1975, and it quickly reached Number three 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 the namesake of his Farewell Party Band.

In February 2012, Watson, celebrated his 50th year in the music business with the release of Best of the Best, 25 Greatest Hits (his very first single on radio "If It Was That Easy" released in 1962). The collection of songs were re-recorded to recreate the originals as closely as possible. The project was produced by Dirk Johnson and released on Watson's own Fourteen Carat Music label.

Gene Watson was inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002 and inducted into the inaugural class of the Houston Music Hall of Fame in August 2013.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbumChart PositionsLabel
US CountryCAN Country
1974Gene WatsonWide World
1975Love in the Hot Afternoon5Capitol
1976Because You Believed in Me24
1977Paper Rosie22
Beautiful Country32
1978The Best2912
Reflections2314
1979Should I Come Home16
1980No One Will Ever Know45
1981The Best 2
Between This Time and the Next Time38MCA
Old Loves Never Die57
1982This Dream's on Me27
1983Sometimes I Get Lucky16
Little By Little34
1984Heartaches and Love and Stuff21
1985Greatest Hits
Memories to Burn35Epic
1986Starting New Memories49
1987Honky Tonk Crazy54
1989Back in the Fire42Warner Bros.
1990At Last74
1992In Other WordsBroadland
1993Uncharted MindStep One
1996The Good Ole Days
1997Jesus Is All I Need
A Way to Survive
2001From the HeartRow Music Group
2003SingsCompendia
2004Gospel Side
2005Then and NowKoch
2007In a Perfect WorldShanachie
2009A Taste of the Truth
2011Your Money and My Good Looks
(with Rhonda Vincent)
56Upper Management
2012Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits64Fourteen Carat Music

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryCAN Country
1975"Bad Water"87Love in the Hot Afternoon
"Love in the Hot Afternoon"33
"Where Love Begins"54
1976"You Could Know as Much About a Stranger"1042
"Because You Believed in Me"20Because You Believed in Me
"Her Body Couldn't Keep You (Off My Mind)"52
1977"Paper Rosie"31Paper Rosie
"The Old Man and His Horn"119Beautiful Country
1978"I Don't Need a Thing at All"84
"Cowboys Don't Get Lucky All the Time"1114
"One Sided Conversation"86Reflections
1979"Farewell Party"59
"Pick the Wildwood Flower"52
"Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)"36Should I Come Home
1980"Nothing Sure Looked Good on You"43
"Bedroom Ballad"1843
"Raisin' Cane in Texas"1553No One Will Ever Know
"No One Will Ever Know"1322
1981"Any Way You Want Me"33Any Which Way You Can (soundtrack)
"Between This Time and the Next Time"178Between This Time and the Next Time
"Maybe I Should Have Been Listening"2312
"Fourteen Carat Mind"15Old Loves Never Die
1982"Speak Softly (You're Talking to My Heart)"94
"This Dream's on Me"811This Dream's on Me
"What She Don't Know Won't Hurt Her"53
1983"You're Out Doing What I'm Here Doing Without"25Sometimes I Get Lucky
"Sometimes I Get Lucky and Forget"96
"Drinkin' My Way Back Home"108Little By Little
1984"Forever Again"1018
"Little by Little"3321
"Got No Reason Now for Goin' Home"715Heartaches and Love and Stuff
1985"One Hell of a Heartache"4338
"Cold Summer Day in Georgia"2422Memories to Burn
"Memories to Burn"52
1986"Carmen"3227
"Bottle of Tears"5040Starting New Memories
"Everything I Used to Do"2927
1987"Honky Tonk Crazy"4330Honky Tonk Crazy
"Everybody Needs a Hero"2846
1988"Don't Waste It on the Blues"5*Back in the Fire
1989"Back in the Fire"2024
"The Jukebox Played Along"2440
"The Great Divide"41
1991"At Last"6159At Last
"You Can't Take It with You When You Go"6756
1993"One and One and One"6692In Other Words
1997"Change Her Mind"4490The Good Ole Days
"No Goodbyes"73
2009"We've Got a Pulse" (with Trace Adkins)A Taste of the Truth
"Staying Together" (with Rhonda Vincent)

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