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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 Buzz Cason, which he submitted to this site on Monday 8 May 2006.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Buzz Cason who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Monday 8 May 2006.
'Gene Watson is by far in my top five favourite singers of all fields combined! 'Fourteen Carat Mind' is, of course, a classic!
It was a real honour when he recorded 'The Winds Of Change' which I co-wrote with the highly talented Kent Westberry.
Best wishes with the website!
It's great to hear Gene on the Opry'.
Thank you, Buzz Cason, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Buzz Cason...
Buzz Cason, who was born James E Cason on Monday 27 November 1939, is a native of Inglewood, Tennessee and is a legendary figure in country music circles. Buzz Cason is a songwriter, publisher, singer, session musician, producer, studio owner and a one-time member of The Crickets.
Buzz Cason was a founding members of The Casuals, Nashville's first rock and roll band. Together with Richard Williams and Hugh Jarrett of The Jordanaires, he recorded as The Statues for Liberty Records. In 1960, Buzz Cason started a solo career under the pseudonym Garry Miles and had a No.16 hit in 1960 with 'Look For A Star'.
In 1962, Buzz Cason worked as Snuff Garrett's assistant in Los Angeles. In Nashville, he also worked for arranger Bill Justis. Later, Buzz Cason wrote songs together with Bobby Russell and both ran a publishing and record company until 1974.
Buzz Cason's biggest hit as a writer was the song 'Everlasting Love' (recorded originally by Robert Knight), which was a No.1 hit in the United Kingdom when covered by Love Affair in February 1968 and a No.6 hit in the US in 1974. It has logged over five million plays, according to BMI. Buzz Cason was also a backing singer for Elvis Presley (Tuesday 8 January 1935 - Tuesday 16 August 1977) and Kenny Rogers.
In 1970, Buzz Cason founded Creative Workshop, a comfortably up-to-date recording studio, where Dolly Parton, Jerry Reed (Saturday 20 March 1937 – Sunday 31 August 2008), Merle Haggard, The Judds, The Doobie Brothers, Emmylou Harris and Olivia Newton-John recorded material.
Since the mid-1980s, Buzz Cason had his own rockabilly-styled group, B.C. and The Dartz, who released some albums.
As well as co-writing the pop standard 'Everlasting Love', Buzz Cason also published such classic country songs as Bobby Goldsboro's 'Honey' (No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for three weeks in May/June 1968) and Roger Miller's 'Little Green Apples' (No.6, 1968).
Buzz Cason's songs have been recorded by a variety of artists including Tommy Overstreet, Oak Ridge Boys, T.G. Sheppard, Freddy Weller, The McCarters, Mel Tillis, Keith Palmer (Sunday 23 June 1957 - Thursday 13 June 1996), Martina McBride, Dolly Parton and Jerry Reed (Saturday 20 March 1937 – Sunday 31 August 2008).
Tommy Overstreet recorded Buzz Cason's 'Ann, Don't Go Running' and included the track on 'This Is Tommy Overstreet' (Dot Records, 1972); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1972.
T.G. Sheppard recorded Buzz Cason's 'Another Woman' and included the track on 'TG Sheppard' (Melody Records, 1975).
Oak Ridge Boys recorded Buzz Cason's 'Emmylou' and included the track on 'Y'all Come Back Saloon' (Dot Records, 1977).
Freddy Weller recorded Buzz Cason's 'Bar Wars' and included the track on 'Love Got In The Way' (Columbia Records, 1979).
Mel Tillis recorded Buzz Cason's 'A Million Old Goodbyes' and included the track on 'Southern Rain' (Elektra Records, 1980); the track reached No.8 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1980.
Dickey Lee's 'Again' (Mercury Records, 1980), which was released in August 1980, was produced by Buzz Cason, Garth Fundis and Roy Dea; the album proved to be the most successful of Dickey Lee's three Mercury Records albums; Dickey Lee's two highlights during his time with Mercury Records were 'Workin' My Way To Your Heart' and 'Lost In Love' (a duet with Kathy Burdick), both of which reached No.30 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1980.
The McCarters recorded Buzz Cason's 'Timeless And True Love' (co-written with Charlie Black and Austin Roberts) and included the track on 'The Gift' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988); the track reached No.5 on the Billboard country music singles chart in early 1988.
Rhonda Vincent recorded Buzz Cason's 'Timeless And True Love' (co-written with Charlie Black and Austin Roberts) and included the track on 'Timeless And True Love' (Rebel Records, 1991); Carl Jackson, along with Russell Moore, Alison Krauss, David Parmley and Johnny Vincent provided harmony vocals on the album.
Keith Palmer (Sunday 23 June 1957 - Thursday 13 June 1996) recorded Buzz Cason's 'Forgotten, But Not Gone' (co-written with Johnny MacRae) and included the track on 'Keith Palmer' (Epic Records, 1991); the track reached No.60 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1992.
Gary Allan recorded Buzz Cason's 'Forgotten, But Not Gone' (co-written with Johnny MacRae) and included the track on 'It Would Be You' (Decca Records, 1998).
Martina McBride recorded Buzz Cason's 'Love's The Only House' (co-written with Tony Douglas) and included the track on 'Emotion' (RCA Records, 1999); the track reached No.3 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1999.