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...
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