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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 & words. It is here, within this special part of the Gene Watson Fan Site, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Curtis Young, which he submitted to this site on Sunday 30 October 2005.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Curtis Young who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
Jordanaires (Gordon Stoker, Curtis Young, Louis Nunley & Ray Walker) in 2000
This quote was submitted on Sunday 30 October 2005.
'Gene Watson is one of the best singers I have ever worked with. His delivery of a song makes you feel like you are singing it yourself. His pitch is great and his phrasing is right on.
I have spent many enjoyable hours in the studio listening to Gene’s rich voice through my headphones and harmonising to some of the best songs ever written and the finest artistry ever.
I wish Gene the very best always and would love to work with him anytime'.
Thank you, Curtis Young, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Curtis Young...
Curtis Young was born in East Tennessee in 1943 and began his professional career performing on the Tennessee Barn Dance in Knoxville, Tennessee.
In 1969, Curtis moved to Nashville, where he took up a position as bass player and singer with Wilma Lee and Stoney Cooper. Curtis quickly advanced into recording sessions, playing bass and rhythm guitar, and singing harmony.
In 1984, Curtis Young auditioned for a part in the Patsy Cline movie 'Sweet Dreams', which starred Jessica Lange (as Patsy Cline) and Ed Harris (as Charlie Dick). Curtis got the part and played the role of a lead guitar player in Patsy Cline's road band and sang a solo with a full screen close-up.
'Sweet Dreams' was a 1985 biographical film which told the life story of country music singer Patsy Cline (Thursday 8 September 1932 - Tuesday 5 March 1963). The film was written by Robert Getchell and directed by Karel Reisz (Wednesday 21 July 1926 - Monday 25 November 2002).
''Sweet Dreams' starred Jessica Lange, Ed Harris, Ann Wedgeworth, David Clennon, James Staley, Gary Basaraba and John Goodman. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress (Jessica Lange). For all the musical sequences, Jessica Lange lip-synced to the original Patsy Cline recordings; the soundtrack of the same name was released on Monday 16 September 1985.
The 'Sweet Dreams' soundtrack album contained all original songs by Patsy Cline (Thursday 8 September 1932 - Tuesday 5 March 1963) and was released following the movie. Although the soundtrack included original songs performed by Patsy Cline, it did not contain the original background vocal music, as all of it was overdubbed to fit each part of the movie.
Patsy Cline's original producer, Owen Bradley (Thursday 21 October 1915 - Wednesday 7 January 1998), produced the soundtrack. The music was remixed and remastered by Doug Crider (husband to Suzy Bogguss) at Music City Music Hall in Nashville. The overdub recording sessions took place in 1984 at Bradley's Barn in Mount Juliet, Tennessee.
'Sweet Dreams' (MCA Records, 1985) was originally released as an LP record, but was later reissued on CD later in the decade. The lead single from the soundtrack, 'Sweet Dreams', was released in 1985, but it failed to chart on any US chart. However, the album itself charted at No.6 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart in 1985 and, in April 1987, it was certified 'Gold' by the RIAA for shipments of over 500,000 copies in the United States.
Curtis Young was voted the No.1 vocalist in the 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 1998 'Top Ten Album All Stars' by Nashville's 'Music Row Magazine', as a result of having added his harmony vocals to over eighty Billboard Top 10 albums.
In 1992, Curtis Young was on more Billboard Top 10 albums than any other singer or musician in Nashville. Since April 2000, Curtis has been the second tenor and lead singer with the Jordanaires.