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Gene Watson (born October 11, 1943) is an American country singer. He is most famous for his 1975 hit “Love in the Hot Afternoon” and his 1982 hit “Fourteen Carat Mind.”

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 only number-one hit of his career, “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.


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  • lovehonkytonk

    Probably no better country singer today... Love you Gene !!!!!!!!!!

    14 Mar 11:51am Reply


    7 May 2014 Reply
  • givemelovenowde

    nice track.

    26 Feb 2014 Reply
  • theotherivan

    Checked out that 3 hour interview with Gene on Willie's Roadhouse. Pretty great stuff.

    12 Feb 2012 Reply
  • wildtony40

    gene working on a new cd hope to have out this year.

    31 Jan 2012 Reply
  • wildtony40

    let me look in my song list

    13 Aug 2011 Reply
  • diopside

    I can't find Watson singing From Cotton To Satin, think that's the title, from early 80's. Any clues,anyone?

    2 Apr 2011 Reply
  • milmatt

    I love ene Watson's music. i wish he would do a Christmas album. I heard country Dan play his version of Pretty Papers and it was fantastic. I like every thing he sings

    15 Dec 2010 Reply
  • silverlage

    Doing sound for Gene right now. October 30, 2010. Ok, so, country may not be my favorite genre but he sure is sounding pretty good. He and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage will be playing together later tonight.

    30 Oct 2010 Reply
  • countryst

    Hey all, has a CD review of Gene Watson's "A Taste of the Truth"

    11 Nov 2009 Reply
  • OnlyOldMe

    Well, I'll give a shout out to Gene! I've got an album or two...let me see if I can find the song I liked SO much.

    20 Jul 2009 Reply
  • ihelix

    A shame there are only two shouts (now)....I grew up with country music and Gene does have the best voice in the genre.

    4 Jul 2009 Reply

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