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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 2004 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 Buddy Spicher, which he submitted to this site on Friday 29 October 2004.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Buddy Spicher 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 29 October 2004.
'Gene Watson is one of the best country singers to arrive on the scene since Faron Young (Thursday 25 February 1932 - Tuesday 10 December 1996). He is a true country artist and respects his field.
What an honour it was to play on his recordings and be a part of what I feel true country music should sound like.
Gene could learn a song and sing it in one take in the studio. What a wonderful characteristic to have! Gene Watson has a great ear for country music'.
Thank you, Buddy Spicher, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Buddy Spicher...
Buddy Spicher is a native of Dubois, Pennsylvania and he performed on the WWVA Jamboree in Wheeling, West Virginia. From there he went to work with some of the great country show bands including Judy Lynn's noted western swing aggregation in Las Vegas and Tahoe prior to making Nashville his home in 1958.
Having been aptly called 'the Jascha Heifetz of the country fiddle', Buddy's genius for arrangements and harmony made him a favorite with Nashville record producers, while his state-of-the-art perfection with gutsy, straightforward solo work established him in the role model of America's best-known quintessential country fiddle player.
Buddy Spicher was one of Nashville's most in-demand studio musicians for three decades; his versatile and precise fiddle style has made enormous contributions to the commercial success of classic recordings by a number of artists, including the following:
Webb Pierce (Monday 8 August 1921 - Sunday 24 February 1991)
Bill Monroe (Wednesday 13 September 1911 - Monday 9 September 1996)
Kitty Wells (Saturday 30 August 1919 - Monday 16 July 2012)
Hank Snow (Saturday 9 May 1914 - Monday 20 December 1999)
Bob Wills (Monday 6 March 1905 - Tuesday 13 May 1975)
Hank Thompson (Thursday 3 September 1925 - Tuesday 6 November 2007)
Dan Fogelberg (Monday 13 August 1951 - Sunday 16 December 2007)
Along with his imaginative arrangements, Buddy Spicher is well known as being a master of 'double stops' (playing two notes at the same time and literally harmonising with himself).
Gene Watson's 'Love in the Hot Afternoon' (Capitol Records, 1975)
Gene Watson's 'Because You Believed in Me' (Capitol Records, 1976)
Gene Watson's 'Paper Rosie' (Capitol Records, 1977)
Gene Watson's 'Beautiful Country' (Capitol Records, 1977)
Crystal Gayle's 'We Must Believe in Magic' (United Artists Records, 1977)
Gene Watson's 'Reflections' (Capitol Records, 1978)
Gene Watson's 'Should I Come Home' (Capitol Records, 1979)
Gene Watson's 'No One Will Ever Know' (Capitol Records, 1980)
Gene Watson's 'Between This Time & The Next Time' (MCA Records, 1981)
Gene Watson's 'Old Loves Never Die' (MCA Records, 1981)
Gene Watson's 'This Dream's on Me' (MCA Records, 1982)
Gene Watson's 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983)
Gene Watson's 'Heartaches, Love & Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984)
Gene Watson's 'Little by Little' (MCA Records, 1984)
Connect with Buddy Spicher at myspace.com/buddyspicher