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Gene Watson
Birth name Gary Gene Watson
Born October 11, 1943 (1943-10-11) (age 66)
Origin Palestine, Texas, USA
Genres Country music
Occupations Singer
Years active 1970s – Present

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 6 Number Ones, 22 Top Tens and 50 charted singles.



Watson was born in Palestine, Texas, in 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 #1 Billboard hit, "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 From the Heart, under the Row Music Group label in 2001.

In 2005, Watson released his album, "Then & Now."

In May 2007, Gene Watson signed with the independent Shanachie Records & began work on his first album for the label, which includes new material, along with 3 covers of some of Gene's favourite classic country tunes such Merle Haggard's classic "Today I started Loving You Again", a duet with Lee Ann Womack. Also featured on this album are Vince Gill, Mark Chesnutt, Rhonda Vincent, Connie Smith and Joe Nichols. The new album, 'In a Perfect World', was officially released on Tuesday 25 September 2007. The duet with Vince Gill "Let Me Be The First To Go" reached #1 on the HotDisc European chart. The US released single "I Buried Our Love" reached #59 on the Music Row charts while "A Good Place To Turn Around" (featuring Connie Smith) placed #4 on the Gospel Radio Active chart.

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 Lytle Management in Nashville (Gene Watson's management team) & Gene Watson himself.

In September 2007 "In A Perfect World" was released to great critical acclaim. The album was received by the country music industry as being one of the best recordings of the year. The Associated Press noted "Like a well-aged whiskey, Gene Watson has gained smoothness yet maintained his visceral bite...Watson can make contemporary songs sound like timeless classics. He's never sounded better, which is saying something." The Philadelphia Inquirer stated 'In A Perfect World' is a stunning reminder of why the Texan is considered one of country's all time great balladeers."

In 2009, Gene Watson opened for Brad Paisley on his "Paisley Party" tour in Memphis, TN and released A Taste of the Truth featuring Alison Krauss, Trace Adkins and Bluegrass queen, Rhonda Vincent. A continuation of his trademark traditional country sound, critics hailed the album as a landmark for the veteran artist. Paul Dennis of the website praised it as "Album of the Decade."

Watson is managed by Lytle Management in Nashville, TN.




Year Album US Country Label
1974 Gene Watson Wide World
1975 Love in the Hot Afternoon 5 Capitol
1976 Because You Believed in Me 24
1977 Paper Rosie 22
Beautiful Country 32
1978 The Best 29
Reflections 23
1979 Should I Come Home 16
1980 No One Will Ever Know 45
1981 The Best 2
Between This Time and the Next Time 38 MCA
Old Loves Never Die 57
1982 This Dream's on Me 27
1983 Sometimes I Get Lucky 16
Little By Little 34
1984 Heartaches and Love and Stuff 21
1985 Greatest Hits
Memories to Burn 35 Epic
1986 Starting New Memories 49
1987 Honky Tonk Crazy 54
1989 Back in the Fire 42 Warner Bros.
1990 At Last 74
1992 In Other Words Broadland
1993 Uncharted Mind Step One
1996 The Good Ole Days
1997 Jesus Is All I Need
A Way to Survive
2001 From the Heart Row Music Group
2003 Sings Compendia
2004 Gospel Side
2005 Then and Now Koch
2007 In a Perfect World Shanachie
2009 A Taste of the Truth


Year Single Chart Positions Album
US Country CAN Country
1975 "Bad Water" 87 Love in the Hot Afternoon
"Love in the Hot Afternoon" 3 3
"Where Love Begins" 5 4
1976 "You Could Know as Much About a Stranger" 10 42
"Because You Believed in Me" 20 Because You Believed in Me
"Her Body Couldn't Keep You (Off My Mind)" 52
1977 "Paper Rosie" 3 1 Paper Rosie
"The Old Man and His Horn" 11 9 Beautiful Country
1978 "I Don't Need a Thing at All" 8 4
"Cowboys Don't Get Lucky All the Time" 11 14
"One Sided Conversation" 8 6 Reflections
1979 "Farewell Party" 5 9
"Pick the Wildwood Flower" 5 2
"Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)" 3 6 Should I Come Home
1980 "Nothing Sure Looked Good on You" 4 3
"Bedroom Ballad" 18 43
"Raisin' Cane in Texas" 15 53 No One Will Ever Know
"No One Will Ever Know" 13 22
1981 "Any Way You Want Me" 33 Single only
"Between This Time and the Next Time" 17 8 Between This Time and the Next Time
"Maybe I Should Have Been Listening" 23 12
"Fourteen Carat Mind" 1 5 Old Loves Never Die
1982 "Speak Softly (You're Talking to My Heart)" 9 4
"This Dream's on Me" 8 11 This Dream's on Me
"What She Don't Know Won't Hurt Her" 5 3
1983 "You're Out Doing What I'm Here Doing Without" 2 5 Sometimes I Get Lucky
"Sometimes I Get Lucky and Forget" 9 6
"Drinkin' My Way Back Home" 10 8 Little By Little
1984 "Forever Again" 10 18
"Little By Little" 33 21
"Got No Reason Now for Goin' Home" 7 15 Heartaches and Love and Stuff
1985 "One Hell of a Heartache" 43 38
"Cold Summer Day in Georgia" 24 22 Memories to Burn
"Memories to Burn" 5 2
1986 "Carmen" 32 27
"Bottle of Tears" 50 40 Starting New Memories
"Everything I Used to Do" 29 27
1987 "Honky Tonk Crazy" 43 30 Honky Tonk Crazy
"Everybody Needs a Hero" 28 46
1988 "Don't Waste It on the Blues" 5 * Back in the Fire
1989 "Back in the Fire" 20 24
"The Jukebox Played Along" 24 40
"The Great Divide" 41
1991 "At Last" 61 59 At Last
"You Can't Take It with You When You Go" 67 56
1993 "One and One and One" 66 92 In Other Words
1997 "Change Her Mind" 44 90 The 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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