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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 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'.
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)'.
'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' (Epic Records, 1990) also included the hit singles 'Fourteen Minutes Old' (No.6, 1990), 'In A Different Light' (No.1, 1990) and 'These Lips Don't Know How To Say Goodbye' (No.5, 1990), all of which charted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart.
'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).
Doug Stone's second album for Epic Records, 'I Thought It Was You' (Epic Records, 1991) was released on Tuesday 13 August 1991 and included the hit singles 'I Thought It Was You' (No.4, 1991), 'A Jukebox With A Country Song' (No.1, 1991) and 'Come In Out Of The Pain' (No.3, 1991), all of which charted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart.
'I Thought It Was You' (Epic Records, 1991), which reached No.12 on the Billboard Country Album Chart, earned a platinum certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
'I Thought It Was You' (Epic Records, 1991) also included 'Burning Down The Town' (written by Joe Diffie and Wayne Perry).
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.
Doug Stone's third album for Epic Records, 'From The Heart' (Epic Records, 1992), was released on Tuesday 11 August 1992 and included the hit singles 'Warning Labels' (No.4, 1992), 'Too Busy Being In Love' (No.1, 1992), 'Made For Lovin' You' (No.6, 1993) and 'Why Didn't I Think Of That' (No.1, 1993).
'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 '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).
Doug Stone's fourth album, 'The First Christmas' (Epic Records, 1992), was released on Tuesday 15 September 1992. It was the first and only Christmas album of Doug Stone's career. No singles were released from the album, although 'Sailing Home For Christmas' was made into a music video.
Doug Stone's fifth album for Epic Records, 'More Love' (Epic Records, 1993), was released on Tuesday 16 November 1993 and included the hit singles 'I Never Knew Love' (No.2, 1994), 'Addicted To A Dollar' (No.4, 1994) and 'More Love' (No.6, 1994).
The tracks 'More Love' and 'Dream High' 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).
It was in June 1994 that 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 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 and Tracks Chart in October 1994 and eventually peaked at No.7 in early 1995.
Doug Stone's first album release for Columbia Records, 'Faith In Me, Faith In You' (Columbia Records, 1995) was released on Tuesday 28 March 1995 and was his seventh album release overall.
Although 'Faith In Me, Faith In You' (Columbia Records, 1995) produced three singles - 'Sometimes I Forget' (No.41, 1995), 'Faith In Me, Faith In You' (No.13, 1995) and 'Born In The Dark' (No.12, 1995) - not one of these singles reached the Top Ten of the Billboard Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart.
'Sometimes I Forget', which had peaked at No.41, becoming the first single of Doug Stone's career to miss the Billboard Top 40 entirely.
In December 1995, Doug Stone suffered a nearly-fatal heart attack and, as a result, further recordings for Columbia Records were delayed. Doug'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.
It was also in the mid-1990s that Doug Stone suffered a mild stroke, further reducing his ability to record and tour.
In 1999, Doug Stone survived a plane crash at O'Hare Airport in Chicago. After recovering from the plane crash, Doug recorded and released his first album for Atlantic Records, a record label to which he had signed that year.
'Make Up In Love' (Atlantic Records, 1999) was released on Tuesday 7 September 1999 and featured a more pop-oriented style than previous efforts; the album produced a minor Top 20 hit in its title track. Its 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 and 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.
Doug Stone signed to Audium Entertainment in 2002 and saw the release of 'The Long Way' (Audium/Koch Records, 2002). The album failed to produce any 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 of his debut album for the label. 'In A Different Light' (Lofton Creek Records, 2005) was released on Tuesday 15 March 2005, the title track of which was a re-recording of the early-1990s single of the same name.
Doug Stone saw the release of a second album for Lofton Creek Records; 'My Turn' (Lofton Creek Records, 2007) was released on Tuesday 18 September 2007.
'My Turn' (Lofton Creek Records, 2007) 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 and Tracks Chart.