Watson Part of Legacy of Good Country Music from Texas
Gene Watson, born October 11, 1943, in Palestine, Texas, went on to become a country music star with 23 top-ten hits (six hitting the No. 1 ranking) from a total of 75 released singles. His hits include “Love in the Hot Afternoon” (1975) and “Fourteen Carat Mind” (1981).
This masterful country stylist from Houston, Texas, has been thrilling audiences for more than 60 years. Watson's very first radio single -- the self-penned “If It’s That Easy” -- was released in 1962.
Although the song didn’t make any radio charts, it did start the career of the man now known as “The Singer’s Singer.” His ability to turn out hits is one reason he was named to the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame.
Radio listeners are still transfixed whenever classics like “Farewell Party,” “Fourteen Carat Mind” or “Love in the Hot Afternoon” are played. The depth of emotion in his singing, his brilliant phrasing, his jaw-dropping range and the power in the lyrics he chooses are all factors in the awe he inspires in both fans and his musical peers.
Watson still performs with some engagements happening in the Upper East Side of Texas at various times throughout the year.