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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 2006 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 Ann J Morton, which she submitted to this site on Saturday 21 January 2006.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Ann J Morton who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
Ann J Morton
This quote was submitted on Saturday 21 January 2006.
'I have had a lot of artists record the songs that I have written, but I have to say that I was so proud that Gene Watson recorded 'The Look In Baby's Eyes'.
Gene's voice on the track is awesome, and I am one of his biggest fans'.
Thank you, Ann J Morton, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Ann J Morton...
Ann J Morton is a native of Oklahoma, where she sang in church at the age of three and started playing piano by ear at six. In her early teens, Ann would often sneak out to a local dance hall, where Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975), Leon McAuliffe (Wednesday 3 January 1917 - Saturday 20 August 1988) and other Western Swing bands were playing and they would let her sit in and sing.
Later, Ann had a Saturday morning radio show on KWHN in Fort Smith, Arkansas with her brother Jim Mundy and then a television show every morning with their family band, which included her mother on bass, her husband Larry and her younger brother Bill.
Ann was a featured vocalist with 'Buck Wayne' Johnston (Hall Of Fame Disc Jockey) and the Bluebonnet Playboys with the legendary Floyd Tillman (Tuesday 8 December 1914 - Friday 22 August 2003) in Texas.
Ann and her husband Larry eventually moved to Nashville, where Larry played guitar for Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass and worked in the studios as a musician and record producer, while Ann J Morton wrote songs for Charley Pride's publishing company.
Ann J Morton's songs have been recorded by Charley Pride, Hank Thompson (Thursday 3 September 1925 - Tuesday 6 November 2007) Crystal Gayle, Gene Watson, Diana Trask, Red Sovine (Wednesday 17 July 1918 - Friday 4 April 1980) and Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006).
Ann J Morton has recorded for Chart Records, where she was produced by Bill Walker and for Prairie Dust Records, where she has enjoyed several award-winning singles on the Billboard country music singles chart.
In 2005, Ann J Morton was nominated in the category 'Female Western Swing Vocalist of the Year' by the Academy of Western Music Association for her album 'The Swing of Things'.
Charley Pride recorded Ann J. Morton's 'Time Out For Jesus' and included the track on 'The Incomparable Charley Pride' (RCA Records, 1972).
Crystal Gayle recorded Ann J. Morton's 'M.R.S. Degree' (co-written with Lavon Lile) and included the track on 'I've Cried The Blue Right Out of My Eyes' (MCA Records, 1978).
Gene Watson recorded Ann J. Morton's 'The Look In Baby's Eyes' and included the track on 'Between This Time & The Next Time' (MCA Records, 1981).