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Biography

Born, Gary Gene Watson, 11 October 1943, Palestine, Texas, USA. Raised in Paris, Texas, in a musical family, he first worked as a professional at the age of 13. In 1963, he moved to Houston, where he found daytime employment in car engine and bodywork repairs. During the evenings, his vocal style, with its slight nasal sound in the best country tradition, made him a very popular honky-tonk singer around the local clubs, such as the Dynasty, where he was resident for several years. He recorded for several labels including Reeder (whose owner Russ Reeder went on to become his manager and producer), Wide World and Stoneway before gaining his first country chart entry with 'Bad Water' on the Resco label in 1975. The same year, he moved to Capitol Records and had a US Top 10 country hit with the suggestive 'Love In The Hot Afternoon'. Further Top 10 hits followed, including 'Paper Rosie', 'One Sided Conversation', 'Farewell Party', 'Should I Come Home?' and 'Nothing Sure Looked Good On You'. In 1981, after moving to MCA Records, his recording of 'Fourteen Carat Mind' gave him his first US country number 1. He moved to Epic in 1985, gaining a number 5 hit with 'Memories To Burn', but changed to Warner Brothers Records in 1988, where he immediately repeated the success with 'Don't Waste It On The Blues'. Although he charted regularly throughout the 80s, he failed to find another number 1. In 1987, he recorded 'Tempted' with Tammy Wynette, which appears on her Higher Ground album. In 1989, Watson enjoyed three chart hits, namely 'Back In The Fire' (number 20), 'The Jukebox Played Along' (number 24) and 'The Great Divide' (number 41). In 1991, At Last showed that he had lost none of his ability to render honky tonk songs, with the title track and 'You Can't Take It With You When You Go' attaining Top 70 chart placings. In 1992, he recorded for the Canadian Broadland label, before joining Step One the following year, where he quickly registered a Top 75, with 'One And One And One'. Watson is at his best with sad ballads and with his band, the Farewell Party, he has become a favourite of George Jones and George Strait. Encyclopedia of Popular Music Copyright Muze UK Ltd. 1989 - 1998

Reviews

MKOC Reviews Gene Watson

Entertainment Weekly (1/28/94, p.67) - "...Revered for his smooth, Haggardesque baritone and a string of hits in the '70s and '80s, Watson can still sing rings around most chart-toppers...."

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