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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 Dan Tyler, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 14 November 2006.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Dan Tyler who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 14 November 2006.
'Though I have never met him, I have been a Gene Watson fan since I first heard 'Love In The Hot Afternoon'. His amazing voice tells a story and paints a picture like no one else.
Great singers are treasures and Gene Watson is a treasure. Like all masters, he makes it look easy. But I know better! It ain't easy and Gene's great talent for interpreting songs is a joy to behold.
May God bless him and keep him singing for many more years'.
Thank you, Dan Tyler, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Dan Tyler...
Dan Tyler is a native of McComb, Mississippi and music has played an important role all his life. He was named after the song 'Danny Boy' and, when Elvis Presley (Tuesday 8 January 1935 - Tuesday 16 August 1977) came to his hometown of McComb, appearing with Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 - Friday 12 September 2003), in August 1954, Dan Tyler remembers the excitement of Elvis' music. Dan's father, Bill, had promoted the concert, through his position at a local radio station.
A local band, The New Generation, based in McComb, Mississippi recorded two of Dan Tyler's original songs. He was sixteen years old. Throughout his years in McComb and later, at the University of Mississippi, Dan wrote songs, fronted a rock band and entertained his friends and family with his compositions.
Following graduation from law school and a clerkship with a federal magistrate, Dan and his wife Adele moved to Nashville in order that he could pursue his dream of becoming a professional songwriter.
Success came quickly. Eddie Rabbitt (Thursday 27 November 1941 - Thursday 7 May 1998) enjoyed major Billboard country music chart success with three songs written by Dan Tyler.
Eddie Rabbitt recorded Dan Tyler's 'The Room At The Top Of The Stairs' and included the track on 'Variations' (Elektra Records, 1978).
Eddie Rabbitt recorded Dan Tyler's 'Amazing Love' and included the track on 'Loveline' (Elektra Records, 1979).
Stella Parton recorded Dan Tyler's 'Room At The Top Of The Stairs' (co-written with Even Stevens) and included the track on 'Love Ya' (Ellektra Records, 1979).
With the responsibilities that came with a new son (William), Dan Tyler was reluctant to give up the practice of law for the vagaries of the music business. He struggled to balance the demands of practicing law with his love for music.
The Oak Ridge Boys recorded Dan Tyler's 'Bobbie Sue' (co-written with Adele Tyler and Wood Newton) and included the track on 'Bobbie Sue' (MCA Records, 1982); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in April 1982.
Dan Tyler then left the law profession and established, with Adele acting as his creative and business partner, Intuit Music Group, a music publishing venture.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded Dan Tyler's 'Modern Day Romance' (co-written with Kix Brooks) and included the track on 'Brothers, Partners And Friends' (Warner Bros. Records, 1985); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in September 1985.
Kenny Rogers recorded Dan Tyler's 'Twenty Years Ago' and included the track on 'They Don't Make Them Like They Used To' (RCA Records, 1986); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1986.
S-K-O (a trio of songwriters comprising of Thom Schuyler, J Fred Knobloch and Paul Overstreet) recorded Dan Tyler's 'Baby's Got A New Baby' (co-written with J Fred Knobloch) and included the track on 'Schuyler, Knobloch And Overstreet (MTM Records, 1986); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in March 1987.
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded Dan Tyler's 'Turn Of The Century' and included the track on 'Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Volume 2' (MCA Records, 1989); the track reached No.27 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1989.
Paul Overstreet recorded Dan Tyler's 'Homemaker' (co-written with Paul Overstreet) and included the track on 'Sowin' Love' (RCA Records, 1989).
In 1989, Dan Tyler needed a break from the demands of the music business, so he and his family, which now included a daughter, Elise, moved to McComb. As a result, Dan Tyler rediscovered his ability and desire to write songs by himself.
Joni Harms recorded Dan Tyler's 'I Need A Wife' and included the track on 'Hometown Girl' (Capitol Records, 1990).
The Tyler family returned to Nashville in 1991 with Dan committed to writing songs closer to his heart.
Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989) recorded Dan Tyler's 'Somebody's Doing Me Right'; the track was subsequently included on 'Kentucky Bluebird' (RCA Records, 1991) and reached No.15 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart in January 1992.
LeAnn Rimes recorded Dan Tyler's 'The Light In Your Eyes' and included the track on 'Blue' (Curb Records, 1996); the track reached No.5 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1996.
It was also in 1996 that Eggman Publishing in Nashville released Dan Tyler's novel 'Music City Confidential', an insider's fictional take on the colourful country music industry. Despite limited distribution, the book sold over 2,000 hardback copies.
Joni Harms recorded Dan Tyler's 'A Woman Knows' and included the track on 'Cowgirl Dreams' (Warner Bros. Records, 1998).
In the late 1990s, Dan Tyler was deeply involved musically with his son William, who has established himself as an important musician and songwriter; William plays with the seminal Nashville group Lambchop.
Dan Tyler has been a successful singer songwriter for the part of forty years. His songs have been recorded by over fifty major recording artists, including LeAnn Rimes, Kenny Rogers, The Oak Ridge Boys, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Eddy Arnold (Wednesday 15 May 1918 - Thursday 8 May 2008), BJ Thomas ('The Whole World's In Love When You're Lonely'), Eddie Rabbitt (Thursday 27 November 1941 - Thursday 7 May 1998), Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989), Paul Overstreet and Joni Harms.
Eddy Arnold (Wednesday 15 May 1918 - Thursday 8 May 2008) recorded Dan Tyler's 'Too Life' and included the track on 'Seven Decades of Hits' (Curb Records, 2000).
In 2002, through his own Intuit Music Group, Dan Tyler released a series of albums including 'I Hope' (Intuit Music Group, 2003), 'True Blue' (Intuit Music Group, 2005) and 'Better Living' (Intuit Music Group, 2006).