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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 David Frizzell, which he submitted to this site on Friday 29 October 2004.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to David Frizzell 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.
'In the world of country music, Gene Watson stands alongside legends Lefty Frizzell (Saturday 31 March 1928 - Saturday 19 July 1975), Merle Haggard and George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013)'.
Thank you, David Frizzell, for your support of Gene Watson.
About David Frizzell...
David Frizzell was born on Friday 26 September 1941 in El Dorado, Texas and is the younger brother of country music legend Lefty Frizzell (Saturday 31 March 1928 - Saturday 19 July 1975). David made his debut performances in Lefty's travelling road-show. By the time he was thirteen, David had performed a selection of Elvis Presley (Tuesday 8 January 1935 - Tuesday 16 August 1977) songs at the Rainbow Gardens in Bakersfield, California.
David Frizzell signed with Columbia Records in 1958 and cut a series of unsuccessful songs. After spending four years in the Air Force, he resumed his career, but still failed to make an impression.
David Frizzell teamed up with Shelley West and producer Tommy 'Snuff' Garrett, striking gold with 'You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma', which was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in April 1981.
'You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma' was featured on the soundtrack to Clint Eastwood's 1981 movie 'Any Which Way You Can', a soundtrack album that also included Gene Watson performing the track 'Any Way You Want Me'.
This initial hit was followed by three more; 'A Texas State Of Mind' (1981), 'Another Honky Tonk Night On Broadway' (1982) and 'I Just Came Here To Dance' (1982).
After their joint success, David Frizzell and Shelley West pursued solo careers, David scoring first with 'I'm Gonna Hire A Wino To Decorate Our Home' (No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in August 1982), followed by the Billboard Top 10 country music hits 'Lost My Baby Blues' and 'Where Are You Spending Your Nights These Days'.
David Frizzell, however, was unable to sustain a consistent pattern of recording success, so he concentrated on touring instead.
Corey Frizzell is David Frizzell's nephew, and a son of Allen Frizzell, and is an acclaimed portrait artist based in middle Tennessee.
David Frizzell, Corey Frizzell and Allen Frizzell