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Gene Watson Peer's Quote from Doug Stone: April 2011



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 2011 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 Doug Stone, which he submitted to this site on Wednesday 6 April 2011.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Doug Stone who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.

Doug Stone
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 6 April 2011.

'From the early days of my country music career, I have been compared to Gene Watson often.

I take that as the greatest compliment I could ever receive'.

Thank you, Doug Stone, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Doug Stone...

Doug Stone was born Douglas Jackson Brooks on Tuesday 19 June 1956 in Newnan, Georgia and is known professionally as Doug Stone.

Doug's mother, who was also a country music singer, taught him how to play guitar when he was five years old. When he was seven years old, Doug's mother placed him onstage to open for Loretta Lynn. Doug Stone's mother and father later divorced; after the divorce, Doug moved to live with his father.

Doug Stone found additional work singing as a teenager - first at local skating rinks and then at local bars and later as one member of a short-lived trio. In addition, Doug and his father worked as mechanics to make ends meet.

Doug Stone's singing break came one night in 1987 as his band, Main Street, played a regular show at the Newnan VFW Club in Newnan, Georgia. He also adopted the stage name Doug Stone, to avoid confusion with both Garth Brooks and Kix Brooks (formerly of Brooks & Dunn).

Doug Stone signed to Epic Records' Nashville division in 1990 and saw the release, on Monday 12 March 1990, of 'Doug Stone' (Epic Records, 1990), his self-titled debut album for the label, which included his debut single 'I'd Be Better Off (In A Pine Box)', which was written by Johnny MacRae (1929 - Wednesday 3 July 2013) and Steve Clark.

'I'd Be Better Off (In A Pine Box)', which peaked at No.4 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart in 1990, spent twenty-five weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart and was nominated for a Grammy Award for 'Best Country Song'.

Doug Stone's self-titled debut album, 'Doug Stone' (Epic Records, 1990), also included the following tracks which were hits on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart:

'Fourteen Minutes Old', which was written by Arthur Leo 'Doodle' Owens (Friday 28 November 1930 - Monday 4 October 1999) and Dennis Knutson (No.6, 1990)
'In A Different Light' (written by Dickey Lee, Bucky Jones and Bob McDill) (No.1, 1990)
'These Lips Don't Know How To Say Goodbye', which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002) (No.5, 1990)

Doug Stone's self-titled debut album, 'Doug Stone' (Epic Records, 1990), also included the following tracks:

'Turn This Thing Around' (written by Gary Harrison and Gene Nelson)
'Crying On Your Shoulder Again' (written by Larry Boone and Paul Nelson)
'We Always Agree On Love' (written by Doug Johnson)
'My Hat's Off To Him' (written by Randy Boudreaux)
'It's A Good Thing I Don't Love You Anymore', which was written by Keith Palmer (Sunday 23 June 1957 - Thursday 13 June 1996)
'High Weeds And Rust' (written by David Lee Murphy)

'Doug Stone' (Epic Records, 1990), which reached No.12 on the Billboard Country Album Chart, earned a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).




On Tuesday 13 August 1991, Doug Stone saw the release of his second album for Epic Records, 'I Thought It Was You' (Epic Records, 1991), which included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'I Thought It Was You' (written by Tim Menzies and Gary Harrison) (No.4, 1991)
'A Jukebox With A Country Song' (written by Ronnie Samoset and Gene Nelson) (No.1, 1991)
'Come In Out Of The Pain' (written by Frank J. Myers and Don Pfrimmer) (No.3, 1991)

Doug Stone's second album for Epic Records, 'I Thought It Was You' (Epic Records, 1991), also included the following tracks:

'
The Feeling Never Goes Away' (written by Doug Stone, Kim Williams and Phyllis Bennett)
'(For Every Inch I've Laughed) I've Cried A Mile', which was written by Tompall Glaser (Sunday 3 September 1933 - Tuesday 13 August 2013) and Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 - Sunday 3 March 2002)
'Remember The Ride' (written by Mike Harrell and Kim Williams)
'Burning Down The Town' (written by Joe Diffie and Wayne Perry)
'If It Was Up To Me', which was written by Johnny MacRae (1929 - Wednesday 3 July 2013) and Steve Clark)
'The Right To Remain Silent' (written by Kim Williams)
'They Don't Make Years Like They Used To' (written by Fats Waller)

Doug Stone's 'I Thought It Was You' (Epic Records, 1991), which reached No.12 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart, earned a 'Platinum' certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

In early 1992, Doug Stone found that one of the arteries in his heart was almost entirely blocked, after having suffered dizziness and pain in one of his arms. He underwent quadruple bypass surgery and took time off to recover, just as his third album, 'From The Heart' (Epic Records, 1992), was released.



On Tuesday 11 August 1992, Doug Stone saw the release of his third album for Epic Records, 'From The Heart' (Epic Records, 1992), which included four tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'Warning Labels' (written by Kim Williams and Oscar Turman) (No.4, 1992)
'Too Busy Being In Love' (written by Gary Burr and Victoria Shaw) (No.1, 1992)
'Made For Lovin' You' (written by Curly Putman and Sonny Throckmorton) (No.6, 1993)
'Why Didn't I Think Of That' (written by Paul Harrison and Bob McDill) (No.1, 1993)

Doug Stone's third album for Epic Records, 'From The Heart' (Epic Records, 1992), also included the following tracks:

'
Leave Me The Radio' (written by Tim Nichols, Zack Turner and Billy Kirsch)
'This Empty House' (written by Ron Harbin, Doug Stone and Kim Williams)
'Ain't Your Memory Got No Pride At All' (written by Bucky Jones, Red Lane and Royce Porter)
'
Workin' End Of A Hoe' (written by Jim Rushing)
'
She's Got A Future In The Movies' (written by Gary Burr and Victoria Shaw)
'Left, Leavin', Goin', Or Gone' (written by Frank J. Myers and Don Pfrimmer)




'Made For Lovin' You' was previously recorded by Dan Seals (Sunday 8 February 1948 - Wednesday 25 March 2009), who included the track on 'On Arrival' (Capitol Records, 1989), and by Clinton Gregory who included the track on his debut album for Step One Records, 'Music 'n' Me' (Step One Records, 1990).

'From The Heart' (Epic Records, 1992), which reached No.19 on the Billboard country album chart, earned a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).




On Tuesday 15 September 1992, Doug Stone saw the release of his fourth album, 'The First Christmas' (Epic Records, 1992); the album was the first and only Christmas album of Doug Stone's career.

Doug Stone's fourth album, 'The First Christmas' (Epic Records, 1992) included the following tracks:

'
An Angel Like You' (written by Pam Belford)
'The First Christmas' (written by Doug Stone, Phyllis Bennett and Lonnie Williams)
'The Warmest Winter' (written by Bruce Burch)
'
All I Want For Christmas Is You' (written by Steve Dean)
'
When December Comes Around' (written by Randy Boudreaux and Stacey Slate)
'Just Put A Ribbon In Your Hair' (written by Robert Burns and Donald C. Huber)
'Santa's Flying A 747 Tonight' (written by Phyllis Bennett and Lonnie Williams)
'Three Little Pennies' (written by Kim Tribble and Tim Bays)
'Sailing Home For Christmas' (written by Lewis Anderson)
'
A Christmas Card' (written by Mike Dyche)

No singles were released from the album, although 'Sailing Home For Christmas' (written by Lewis Anderson) was made into a music video.



On Tuesday 16 November 1993, Doug Stone saw the release of his fifth album for Epic Records, 'More Love' (Epic Records, 1993), which included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'I Never Knew Love' (written by Larry Boone and Will Robinson) (No.2, 1994)
'Addicted To A Dollar' (written by Doug Stone, Ray Hood, Kim Tribble and Ray Maddox) (No.4, 1994)
'More Love' (written by Doug Stone and Gary Burr) (No.6, 1994)

Doug Stone's fifth album for Epic Records, 'More Love' (Epic Records, 1993), also included the following tracks:

'
She Used To Love Me A Lot' (written by Doug Stone and Dean Dillon)
'
Little Sister's Blue Jeans' (written by Kim Williams and Randy Boudreaux)
'Small Steps' (written by Gary Burr and Kenny Edwards)
'Wishbone' (written by Kim Williams and Randy Boudreaux)
'That's A Lie', which was written by Doug Stone, Randy Boudreaux and Sam Hogin (1950 - Monday 9 August 2004)
'Love, You Took Me By Surprise' (written by Doug Stone and Randy Boudreaux)
'
Dream High' (written by Joe Henry and Mike Reid)



The tracks 'More Love' (written by Doug Stone and Gary Burr) and 'Dream High' (written by Joe Henry and Mike Reid) were both featured on the soundtrack of the 1995 film 'Gordy', in which Doug Stone had a starring role.

'More Love' (Epic Records, 1993), which reached No.20 on the Billboard country album chart, earned a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

In June 1994, Doug Stone discovered that he was having breathing problems which were affecting his singing.  He consulted throat doctors at Vanderbilt University's Medical Centre, who failed to find any problems in his throat.   A second consultation revealed that Doug Stone had a lump in his left nostril which was causing his breathing problems.

Upon discovery of the lump, Doug Stone feared that he might see his career ending with a bout of cancer; later testing proved that it was not cancerous. Doug quit smoking immediately after the surgery.




While Doug Stone was undergoing treatment, his 'Greatest Hits, Volume 1' (Epic Records, 1994) compilation was released on Tuesday 8 November 1994.  This album included a new song; 'Little Houses' (written by
Skip Ewing and Mickey Cates) made its debut on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in October 1994 and eventually peaked at No.7 in early 1995.



On Tuesday 28 March 1995, Doug Stone saw the release of his first album for Columbia Records, 'Faith In Me, Faith In You' (Columbia Records, 1995), which included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart:

'Sometimes I Forget' (written by Bob Regan and Billy Kirsch) (No.41, 1995)
'Faith In Me, Faith In You' (written by Trey Bruce and Dave Loggins) (No.13, 1995)
'Born In The Dark' (written by Chet Hinesley) (No.12, 1995)

'Sometimes I Forget' (written by Bob Regan and Billy Kirsch), which had peaked at No.41, becoming the first single of Doug Stone's career to miss the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart Top 40 entirely.

Doug Stone's first album for Columbia Records, 'Faith In Me, Faith In You' (Columbia Records, 1995), also included the following tracks:

'
You Won't Outlive Me' (written by Doug Stone, Randy Boudreaux and Ray Dahrouge)
'Down On My Knees' (written by Doug Stone and Chet Hinesley)
'Enough About Me (Let's Talk About You)' (written by Bill LaBounty and Norm Bishop)
'I Do All My Crying (On The Inside)' (written by Randy Boudreaux, Stan Paul Davis and Kim Williams)
'
Honky Tonk Mona Lisa' (written by Marcus Hummon and Darrell Scott)
'
You're Not That Easy To Forget' (written by Doug Stone)
'Look Where She Is Today' (written by Billy Spencer and Ed Hill)

In December 1995, Doug Stone suffered a nearly-fatal heart attack and, as a result, further recordings for Columbia Records were delayed.  Doug Stone's last charting single for Columbia Records was 'Gone Out Of My Mind', which he recorded for 'A Tribute To Tradition', a multi-artist compilation album.

It was also in the mid-1990s that Doug Stone suffered a mild stroke, further reducing his ability to record and tour.




Billy Dean
 recorded Doug Stone's 'In The Name Of Love' (co-written with
Skip Ewing) and included the track on 'It's What I Do' (Capitol Records, 1996).

In 1999, Doug Stone survived a plane crash at O'Hare Airport in Chicago.  After recovering from the plane crash, Doug Stone signed with Atlantic Records.




On Tuesday 7 September 1999, Doug Stone saw the release of his first album for Atlantic Records, 'Make Up In Love' (Atlantic Records, 1999), which featured a more pop-oriented style than previous efforts; the album produced a minor Billboard Top 20 hit with its title track.  The next singles were a cover of R.B. Greaves' 1969 single 'Take A Letter, Maria' and 'Surprise'.  Respectively, these songs peaked at No.45 and No.64, with the latter spending only one week on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart.

'Make Up In Love' (Atlantic Records, 1999) also included 'Not Me' (written by
Byron Hill and Danny Orton).

In 2000, Doug Stone suffered a broken left ankle and a cracked rib after crashing his ultra-light plane in Robertson County, Tennessee; he was briefly hospitalised before he resumed his touring schedule.

After the (Tuesday) September 11, 2001 attacks, rumours circulated that Doug Stone had been on one of the hijacked planes; a spokeswoman for the singer confirmed that he was at home with his family that day.




In 2002, Doug Stone signed to Audium Entertainment and saw the release, on Tuesday 24 September 2002, of 'The Long Way' (Audium/Koch Records, 2002).  The album failed to produce any Billboard chart singles; the title track was written by
Billy Yates and Monty Criswell.



In 2005, Doug Stone signed with the independent record label Lofton Creek Records and saw the release, on Tuesday 15 March 2005, of his debut album for the label, 'In A Different Light' (Lofton Creek Records, 2005), the title track of which was a re-recording of the early-1990s single of the same name.




On Tuesday 18 September 2007, Doug Stone saw the release of a second album for Lofton Creek Records, 'My Turn' (Lofton Creek Records, 2007), which produced the singles 'Nice Problem', 'Don't Tell Mama' and 'She Always Get What She Wants', none of which charted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart.

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