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Gene Watson's peers within the country music industry believe in the sheer talent of this unassuming man from east Texas, so much so that Gene is regarded by many of them as 'the singer's singer' - and rightly so!
All of Gene Watson's Peers who were contacted during 2005 were most gracious with their time and words. It is here, within this special part of the Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Aaron Tippin, which he submitted to this site on Friday 2 December 2005.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Aaron Tippin who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Friday 2 December 2005.
'Gene Watson, in my opinion, is the most unique singer in the history of country music'.
Thank you, Aaron Tippin, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Aaron Tippin...
Aaron Tippin was born in Pensacola, Florida in 1958 and grew up mostly on a farm near Greer in South Carolina where he first started singing to pass the time while doing chores. He started playing guitar at age ten but also inherited a love of flying from his father, who'd worked as a pilot prior to becoming a farmer.
Aaron Tippin earned his pilot's license at age fifteen and began flying professionally before the age of twenty. He was studying to become a commercial airline pilot when the industry took a major downturn, which convinced him to return to music. He played the local honky tonk circuit and worked on his song-writing while holding a series of blue-collar day jobs.
Unfortunately, his marriage broke up and, with nothing to lose, Aaron finally moved to Nashville in 1986. He landed a job as a staff songwriter at the legendary Acuff-Rose firm, where his compositions were recorded by the country music stars, including Charley Pride, Mark Collie and David Ball, among others. In 1990, Aaron Tippin's demo tape landed him a recording contract with RCA Records.
Aaron Tippin's debut album, 'You've Got To Stand For Something' (RCA Records, 1991), was released on Tuesday 29 January 1991; the title track became a Billboard Top 10 country music hit single (in 1991) in the wake of the Persian Gulf War and Aaron was invited along on Bob Hope's USO tour.
Diamond Rio recorded Aaron Tippin's 'This State Of Mind' (co-written with Michael Puryear) and included the track on 'Diamond Rio' (Arista Records, 1991).
Aaron Tippin's second album, 'Read Between The Lines' (RCA Records, 1992) was released on Tuesday 10 March 1992 and was a million-selling Top Ten smash, producing three Billboard Top Ten country singles; 'There Ain't Nothing Wrong With The Radio' (No.1, 1991) (Aaron Tippin's first No.1), 'I Wouldn't Have It Any Other Way' (No.5, 1992) and 'My Blue Angel' (No.7, 1993).
Aaron Tippin's 'Read Between The Lines' (RCA Records, 1992) also included 'Miss Misbehaving', which was written by Aaron Tippin, Charlie Craig (Friday 30 September 1938 - Friday 1 July 2011) and Mark Collie.
On Tuesday 10 August 1993, Aaron Tippin's 'Call Of The Wild' (RCA Records, 1993) was released and underlined his penchant for rabble-rousing anthems, such as 'Working Man's PHD' (No.7, 1993), 'Call Of The Wild' (No.17, 1993), 'Honky Tonk Superman' (No.47, 1994) and 'Whole Lotta Love On The Line' (No.30, 1994).
Aaron Tippin's 'Call Of The Wild' (RCA Records, 1993) also included 'I Promised You The World', which was written by Aaron Tippin, Bruce Burch and Vern Dant).
Kenny Chesney recorded Aaron Tippin's 'In My Wildest Dreams' (co-written with Donny Kees) and included the track on 'In My Wildest Dreams' (Capricorn Records, 1994).
On Tuesday 8 November 1994, Aaron Tippin saw the release of 'Lookin' Back At Myself' (RCA Records, 1994), which included the Billboard country music hit singles 'I Got It Honest' (No.15, 1994), which was written by Aaron Tippin, Marcus Franklin Johnson and Bruce Burch, and 'She Feels Like A Brand New Man Tonight' (No.39, 1995).
Aaron Tippin's 'Lookin' Back At Myself' (RCA Records, 1994) also included 'She's Got A Way (Of Makin' Me Forget)', which was written by Aaron Tippin and Charlie Craig (Friday 30 September 1938 - Friday 1 July 2011).
On Tuesday 21 November 1995, Aaron Tippin saw the release of 'Tool Box' (RCA Records, 1995), which included the Billboard country music hit singles 'That's As Close As I'll Get To Loving You' (No.1, 1995), 'Without Your Love' (No.22, 1996), 'Everything I Own' (No.51, 1996) and 'How's The Radio Know' (No.39, 1996).
Aaron Tippin's 'Tool Box' (RCA Records, 1995) also included 'I Can Help', which was written by Billy Swan, and 'You Gotta Start Somewhere', which was written by Bob Regan and Tom Shapiro.
It was also at this time that Aaron Tippin remarried.
On Tuesday 25 March 1997, Aaron Tippin saw the release of 'Greatest Hits...And Then Some' (RCA Records, 1997), his first 'Greatest Hits' collection, which also included four newly recorded tracks: 'Cold Gray Kentucky Morning', 'A Door' (written by Mark D. Sanders and Tim Nichols), 'That's What Happens When I Hold You' and 'If Only Your Eyes Could Lie'.
Of these tracks, only 'That's What Happens When I Hold You' (No.50, 1997) and 'A Door' (No.65, 1997) were released as singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart.
Following the release of Aaron Tippin's 'Greatest Hits...And Then Some' (RCA Records, 1997), he exited RCA Nashville's roster, signing in 1998 to the Disney subsidiary Lyric Street Records.
On Tuesday 6 October 1998, Aaron Tippin saw the release of 'What This Country Needs' (Lyric Street Records, 1998), which included the Billboard country music hit singles 'For You, I Will' (No.6, 1998), 'I'm Leaving' (No.17, 1999), 'Her' (No.33, 1999) and 'What This Country Needs' (No.47, 1999).
Aaron Tippin's 'What This Country Needs' (Lyric Street Records, 1998) also included 'Don't Stop (We're Just Gettin' Started)', which was written by Al Anderson and Dean Dillon, and 'Sweetwater', which was written by Jon Vezner and Allen Shamblin.
On Tuesday 25 July 2000, Aaron Tippin saw the release of 'People Like Us' (Lyric Street Records, 2000), which became the first Aaron Tippin album to make the Billboard Top Country Album Top Five, thanks to the No.1 smash 'Kiss This', a song which was co-written by Aaron Tippin's wife Thea.
Aaron Tippin's 'People Like Us' (Lyric Street Records, 2000) included the Billboard country music hit singles 'Kiss This' (No.1, 2000), 'People Like Us' (No.17, 2001) and 'Always Was' (No.40, 2001).
Aaron Tippin's 'People Like Us' (Lyric Street Records, 2000) also included 'I'd Be Afraid Of Losing You', which was written by Mark Collie and Leslie Satcher.
On Monday 17 September 2001, Aaron Tippin saw the release of the single 'Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly', which was written by Kenny Beard, Casey Beathard and Aaron Tippin; the track reached No.2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart and also peaked at No.20 on the Billboard Hot 100, marking Aaron Tippin's first entry into the pop music Top 20. In addition, it was Aaron Tippin's last single to reach the Top 10 on the Billboard country music singles chart.
Aaron Tippin's 'Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly' was released in the wake of the September 11 attacks. All proceeds from the single went to the Red Cross and its relief efforts for the families of the September 11 attacks. According to then label president, Larry Goodman, the single raised approximately $250,000.
On Tuesday 18 September 2001, Aaron Tippin saw the release of his first Christmas album, 'A December To Remember' (Lyric Street Records, 2001), which included 'Jingle Bell Rock' (No.52, 2002).
On Tuesday 10 September 2002, Aaron Tippin saw the release of 'Stars And Stripes' (Lyric Street Records, 2002), which included the Billboard country music hit singles 'Where The Stars And Stripes And The Eagle Fly' (No.2, 2001), 'I'll Take Love Over Money' (No.46, 2002), 'If Her Lovin' Don't Kill Me' (No.40, 2002) and 'Love Like There's No Tomorrow' (No.35, 2002), the latter track was a duet with Thea Tippin.
Aaron Tippin's 'Stars And Stripes' (Lyric Street Records, 2002) also included 'Honky Tonk If You Love Country', which was written by Bob DiPiero, Ed Hill and Mark D. Sanders.
Aaron Tippin's last release for Lyric Street Records was a single entitled 'Come Friday', which was slated to be included on an album entitled 'I Believed'. The single peaked at No.42 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 2005, but the 'I Believed' album was not released; by 2005, Aaron Tippin had exited Lyric Street Records.