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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 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 Margo Smith, which she submitted to this site on Monday 25 April 2005.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Margo Smith who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Monday 25 April 2005.
'As a singer of country music, and I am referring to traditional country music, in my opinion, Gene Watson is, without a doubt, one of the finest, if not the finest, male singer in the country music business today'.
Thank you, Margo Smith, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Margo Smith...
Margo Smith, who was born Beth Lou Smith in Dayton, Ohio started out as a kindergarten teacher who sang folk and country songs for her students; she frequently wrote the songs herself. She cut a demo and signed to 20th Century Fox Records in 1975, where she had a major hit with her own song 'There I Said It' which stayed on the Billboard country music singles chart for an astounding twenty weeks.
In 1978, Margo Smith signed with Warner Brothers Records, where she enjoyed a number of Billbaord country music hit songs, including 'Don't Break The Heart That Loves You' (No.1 for two weeks in February/March 1978), 'Little Things Mean A Lot' (No.3, 1978) and 'It Only Hurts For A Little While' (No.1 for one week in July 1978).
Margo Smith scored two more Billboard Top 10 hits in 1979; 'Still A Woman' and 'If I Give My Heart To You'.
In 1980, the track 'Cup Of Tea', which was a duet with Rex Allen Jr., won nominations for 'Top Duet of the Year' from both the ACM (Academy of Country Music) and Music City News.
In 1982, Margo Smith moved to Nashville and continued to release singles on several independent labels with little success. Margo used the money from her advances at Warner Bros. Records to put her children through college, began a designer sweatshirt business in 1987 and made a commitment to spend more time with her family.
Awarded the title of 'World Class Yodeller', Margo Smith is also known for her amazing talent as a 'yodeller'; her most popular yodel song, 'I Want To Be A Cowboy's Sweetheart', received national teleplay as a concept video. Margo has also recorded with Peter Hennin, the famous Swiss yodeller and Margo is considered to be in the class often referred to as 'Master Yodeller'.
Margo Smith occasionally appears on the hallowed stage of the Grand Ole Opry and TNN's program, 'Music City Tonight', where her vivid personality and vocal style are welcomed and loved by the millions who view. Margo also makes regular appearances at Dollywood.
In 1991, Margo Smith and her daughter Holly united their voices to become Margo Smith and Holly. Since then, Margo and Holly have had several No.1 Christian country records and were elected 'Top Duet of the Year' by the International Country Gospel Music Association in 1993 and 1994. When the second annual Christian Country Music Association Awards were held in 1994, these lovely ladies were the first recipients of the 'Vocal Duo of the Year' Award.