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Gene Watson

Though he can sing honky tonk, Gene Watson built a reputation for soulful ballads in the classic country tradition. Born one of seven children in Palestine, Texas, Watson married early and was working as an auto-body man when he began frequenting the clubs in Houston. He recorded for a few small-time regional labels like Wide World and Stoneway during the early '70s. Watson finally had success in 1974, when a steamy single for Resco -- "Love in the Hot Afternoon" -- was picked up for national distribution by Capitol Records, igniting a firestorm of national hits: "Where Love Begins," "Paper Rosie," "Farewell Party," "Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)," and "Nothing Sure Looked Good on You." In 1982, shortly after moving to MCA, Watson recorded his only chart-topper, "Fourteen Carat Mind." A parade of Top Ten entries followed during the early '80s, including "Speak Softly (You're Talking to My Heart)" and "You're Out Doing What I'm Here Doing Without." Between 1993 and 1997 Watson released four albums on the independent label Step One: Uncharted Mind, Good Ole Days, Jesus Is All I Need, and A Way to Survive. Four years later From the Heart was issued on RMG Records, followed by the 2005 Koch release Gene Watson...Then & Now. In a Perfect World appeared on Shanachie Records in the summer of 2007. Watson continued his signature brand of traditional country with 2009's A Taste of the Truth, which featured guest spots from Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss and Trace Adkins. Watson and Vincent released an all-duets album, Your Money and My Good Looks, on UMM Records in 2011. Watson's classic sides were owned and controlled by the various corporate labels he recorded for over the years, so to mark his 50th anniversary as a recording artist in 2012, Watson released Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits on his own Fourteen Carat Music label, faithfully re-recording his hits and making them, in a sense, finally truly his. ~ David Vinopal & Steve Leggett
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Real. Country. Music.

1. Enough For You

2. When A Man Can't Get A Woman Off His Mind

3. Help Me

4. Couldn't Love Have Picked A Better Place To Die

5. A Girl I Used To Know

6. Bitter They Are, Harder They Fall

7. Ramblin' Rose

8. A Bridge That Just Won't Burn

9. Ashes To Ashes

10. Old Loves Never Die

11. She Never Got Me Over You

12. All My Tomorrows

13. I'll Find It Where I Can

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Track List: The Best Of The Capitol Years

1. Love In The Hot Afternoon

2. Where Love Begins

3. You Could Know As Much About A Stranger

4. Because You Believed In Me

5. Her Body Couldn't Keep You (Off My Mind)

6. Paper Rosie

7. The Old Man And His Horn

8. I Don't Need A Thing At All

9. Cowboys Don't Get Lucky All The Time

10. One Sided Conversations

11. Farewell Party

12. Pick The Wildwood Flower

13. Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)

14. Nothing Sure Looked Good On You

15. Bedroom Ballad

16. Raisin' Cane In Texas

17. No One Will Ever Know

18. Bad Water (Bonus Track)

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Track List: 22 Golden Country Greats

1. Fourteen Carat Mind

2. Speak Softly (You're Talking To My Heart)

3. One And One And One

4. All My Tomorrows

5. I Don't Think She'd Really Mind At All

6. Let's Give It Up Or Get It On

7. A Way To Survive

8. Getting Over You Again

9. Hold That Thought

10. Class Reunion

11. In Other Words

12. Mirrors Don't Lie

13. Mr. Candyman

14. Shake The Hand Of The Man

15. She's No Lady

16. Someone's Child

17. Whose Fool I Wanna Be

18. Winds Of Change

19. Couldn't Love Have Picked A Better Place To Die

20. Just In Case

21. Love's Tombstone

22. Booked Tonight In Heaven

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Track List: 16 Super Hits

1. Love In The Hot Afternoon

2. Fourteen Carat Mind

3. I Don't Need A Thing At All

4. Speak Softly (You're Talking To My Heart)

5. A Way To Survive

6. Your Uncharted Mind

7. Good Ole Days Are Right Now

8. One And One And One

9. No Goodbyes

10. Change Her Mind

11. All Hat, No Cattle

12. Cool Ole Fool

13. Somewhere Beyond Nowhere

14. Where I'm Concerned

15. Give Her My Best

16. You Pushed Me To The Limit

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Track List: Best Of The Best: 25 Greatest Hits

1. Fourteen Carat Mind

2. Paper Rosie

3. Nothing Sure Looked Good On You

4. You're Out Doing (What I'm Here Doing Without)

5. Bedroom Ballad

6. Farewell Party

7. Got No Reason Now For Goin' Home

8. One Sided Conversation

9. Carmen

10. Speak Softly (You're Talking To My Heart)

11. Don't Waste It On The Blues

12. Love In The Hot Afternoon

13. The Old Man And His Horn

14. I Don't Need A Thing At All

15. Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)

16. What She Don't Know Won't Hurt Her

17. Because You Believed In Me

18. Cowboy's Don't Get Lucky All The Time

19. This Dream's On Me

20. Memories To Burn

21. Sometimes I Get Lucky And Forget

22. Between This Time And The Next Time

23. Pick The Wildwood Flower

24. Where Love Begins

25. Drinkin' My Way Back Home

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Track List: A Taste Of The Truth

1. Speakin' Of The Angel

2. Taste Of The Truth

3. We've Got A Pulse (Feat. Trace Adkins)

4. Til A Better Memory Comes Along

5. It's My Lie

6. Staying Together (Feat. Rhonda Vincent)

7. Three Minutes At A Time

8. Wrong Way To Find Mr. Right

9. Use Me Again

10. Still They Call Me Love

11. I Know An Ending

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Track List: Love In The Hot Afternoon

1. Love In The Hot Afternoon

2. I Don't Need A Thing At All

3. Simple Minded Heart

4. All Hat, No Cattle

5. When There's Not A Tear Left To My Name

6. You Can't Believe A Thing I Say

7. The Man That Broke Your Heart

8. Old Porch Swing

9. You Pushed Me To The Limit This Time

10. Where I'm Concerned

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Track List: Reflections / Should I Come Home

1. One Sided Conversations

2. Take Off Them Shoes

3. Farewell Party

4. Let's Give It Up Or Get It On

5. For The Memories

6. I Wonder How It Is In Colorado

7. Pick The Wildwood Flower

8. I Know What It's Like In Her Arms

9. Mama Sold Roses

10. I Don't Know How To Tell Her (She Don't Love Me Anymore)

11. Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)

12. I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You)

13. Nothing Sure Looked Good On You

14. That Evil Child

15. Circle Driveway

16. The Heart Of A Clown

17. After The Party

18. The Beer At Dorsey's Bar

19. Bedroom Ballad

20. Beautiful You

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Track List: Your Fourteen Carat Mind

1. Fourteen Carat Mind

2. Your Uncharted Mind

3. Good Ole Days Are Right Now

4. Where I'm Concerned

5. Somewhere Beyond Nowhere

6. You Pushed Me To The Limit This Time

7. Give Her My Best

8. Glass Hearts

9. No Goodbyes

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Track List: In A Perfect World

1. Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)

2. Let Me Be The First To Go (With Vince Gill)

3. What Was I Thinking

4. Today I Started Loving You Again (With Lee Ann Womack)

5. In A Perfect World (With Joe Nichols)

6. She's Already Gone

7. This Side Of The Door (With Mark Chesnutt)

8. Together Again (With Rhonda Vincent)

9. I Buried Our Love

10. A Good Time To Turn Around (With Connie Smith)

11. Like I Wasn't Even There

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Track List: Gospel At Its Best

1. My Eyes Are On The Prize

2. Before The Hammers Could Ring

3. Jesus Is All I Need

4. The City

5. Precious Memories

6. Shine From The Mountain

7. Over There

8. Climb Higher

9. Amazing Grace

10. Will The Circle Be Unbroken

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Track List: Then & Now

1. If I'm A Fool For Leaving

2. Only Yesterday

3. If I Were You

4. Baby Me Baby

5. Back In The Fire

6. You Could Know As Much

7. I Didn't Think Of You At All

8. Sometimes I Get Lucky

9. Everybody Needs A Hero

10. I Wonder How It Is In Colorado

11. The Jukebox Played Along

12. You Put Out An Old Flame Last Night

13. I Catch Myself

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Track List: At His Best

1. Fourteen Carat Mind

2. Change Her Mind

3. No Goodbyes

4. You Gave Me A Mountain

5. Your Uncharted Mind

6. Cool Ole Fool

7. Give Her My Best

8. Glass Hearts

9. He's Back In Texas

10. Mirrors Don't Lie

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Track List: Sings

1. New Woman

2. Make Sure You Got It All

3. When A Man Can't Get A Woman Off His Mind

4. What A Difference A Day Makes

5. Just To Hold Her

6. When She Comes Back

7. Smithereens

8. Flowers

9. The Coast Of Texas

10. Hold Me

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Track List: Ultimate Collection

1. Love In The Hot Afternoon

2. Where Love Begins

3. Paper Rosie

4. Pick The Wildwood Flower

5. Nothing Sure Looked Good On You

6. Between This Time And The Next Time

7. Maybe I Should Have Been Listening

8. Fourteen Carat Mind

9. Speak Softly (You're Talking To My Heart)

10. This Dream's On Me

11. What She Don't Know Won't Hurt Her

12. You're Out Doing What I'm Here Doing Without

13. Sometimes I Get Lucky And Forget

14. Drinkin' My Way Back Home

15. Forever Again

16. Got No Reason Now For Goin' Home

18. Memories To Burn

20. Everybody Needs A Hero

21. Don't Waste It On The Blues

22. Back In The Fire

23. The Jukebox Played Along

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Track List: Best Of Gene Watson

1. Got No Reason Now For Goin' Home

2. One Hell Of A Heartache

3. Texas Saturday Night

4. I Guess You Had To Be There

5. You Waltzed Yourself Right Into My Life

6. My Memories Of You

7. If I Were You I'd Fall In Love With Me

8. Sailing Home To Me

9. A Memory Away

10. Independence Day

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Track List: Uncharted Mind

1. Glass Hearts

2. Your Uncharted Mind

3. Snake In The House

4. Hold That Thought

5. You Gave Me A Mountain

6. Simple Minded Heart

7. He's Back In Texas Again

8. Cool Ole Fool

9. Mirrors Don't Lie

10. Give Her My Best

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Track List: Gene Watson's Greatest Hits

1. Between This Time And The Next Time

2. Maybe I Should Have Been Listening

3. Fourteen Carat Mind

4. Speak Softly (You're Talking To My Heart)

5. This Dream's On Me

6. What She Don't Know Won't Hurt Her

7. You're Out Doing (What I'm Here Doing Without)

8. Sometimes I Get Lucky And Forget

9. Drinkin' My Way Back Home

10. Forever Again

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Track List: Little By Little

1. Little By Little

2. My Memories Of You

3. The Chesapeake Bay

4. Leavin's Been Comin' (For A Long, Long Time)

5. The Ballad Of Richard Lindsey

6. Forever Again

7. With Any Luck At All

8. Growing Apart

9. She Has No Memory Of Me

10. Drinkin' My Way Back Home (1990)

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scotch300
Should be in the Hall of fame.
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Love this mans music.He is one of the greatest!!!!
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Simply the best from Easthall tire
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Lyrics have to have them to such great music
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Simply the Best of the Best! Period. Enough said.
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Lyrics, please!!!
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The way ountry music should be sung.
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another great artist
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The kind of country music we like to here.
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Best voice EVER
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gpeplinski
Wonderful ballad what a voice
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mgootie
Oh so soulful!!!!!
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One of the greats
and one of my favorites
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He is at the top of my favorite artist list
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I love this man, he has one of the
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sweetcarolin a p i e
Love his music!! I don't think that there is a song of his that I don't like.He is the kind of singer that you can put a cd of his own and never once skip a song!!! Love,Love, Love his music!!!
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Love to hear Gene Wastson sing he is great ❤️Amy from Mississippi ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
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He sings from the heart
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Fans we need to see if there's any way we can help get gene Watson in the hall of fame. Anyone have any ideas on how to accomplish this
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Love his voice and his music.
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No a faforit
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Going to see him in September can't wait do not know what to expect first time seeing him in concert
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Love Gene Watson songs and in concerts. Love
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A favorite of mine. Great pleasure to see him ,and hear him on most of the Country Family Reunion DVD's.
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rcholman7
ONE OF THE GREATEST... TOO BAD TODAYS MUSIC IS CHRAP
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sagebrush95
jIm ED and Helen cornelus Idont want to marry 6ou

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His music very good, and makes you think, like that.
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There is not another artist that can compare with feeling each song he sings brings !
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The reason Gene is not in the HOF is he don't play the political merry go round in Nashville.
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Patricia Herres 1944 I really like Gene Watson he is one of the best country singers we have left.
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hightech1944 commented Gene Watson is one of the best country singers we got left.
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Little old man and his horn says it all none better
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One of the best if not the best country singers in the world . Love his music
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One of the best song ever dammmm
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notgaryrich
Play last song that was playing when stopped
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notgaryrich
Play song by by gene play gene Watson 14 carat mind Watson
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Play gene Watson
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I agree with the previous individual. Gene Watson has a mellow and distinct voice. His songs have always been pleasant and he really deserves more recognition.
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bjantz
He has the most magnificent, mellow, evocative voice I have ever heard in Country Music! He deserves the utmost recognition.
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don't believe there is any better. he is great. I have listed to him from the time he was putting on shows at drive-in theaters. sit in smoke fill dance halls for hours just to see and hear him. & I don't smoke. & can't country dance. just love to see and hear him.
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Wonder why Gene isn't in the Country Music Hall of Fame. I have seen him in person for the last 25 years and he is just as good if not better now. We need to get him in the CMHoF
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Love this music!!! Thanks Pandora.
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What happened to this great music? That was real country and I still remember all the words! Thank you Pandora for giving me back the music I love!!!
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Patricia Herres Gene Watson as long as you sing I'll listen. I think your great, don't stop now, there are a lot of people listening to you. Love your Songs your GREAT Thanks
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forrealquick
One of my two favorite real country artists.
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Best voice in country
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rgaskins36
One of the finest honky-tonk voices in country music... I saw him in person back in 1980 at the Tupperware Auditorium in Orlando, FL
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A truly country roots artist.
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greysonaa
Gene Watson could sing the phonebook and quiet a room. That voice of his! Love it so.
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Saw him 2 days ago at the Tivoli Theatre in Chattanooga
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