• The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson: 'Real Country Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)

  • Gene Watson: 'Back in the Fire & At Last' (Morello Records, 2016) / this album was officially released on Friday 11 November 2016

  • Gene Watson's Calendar

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson Guitars by Summey

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson at The Opry in Nashville

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

Management


Lytle Management Group
P.O. Box 128228
Nashville, TN 37212
Contact Sarah Brosmer
Telephone 615-770-2688

Bookings



Battle Artist Agency
8887 Horton Highway,
College Grove, TN
Contact Rob Battle
office: 615-368-7433
mobile: 615-957-3444

Adkins Publicity

Exclusive PR / Publicity Representation of Gene Watson / Contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville

For exclusive PR / publicity representation of Gene Watson, contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville.



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 by The Gene Watson Fan Site, 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 Stella Parton, which she submitted to this site on Sunday 10 July 2005.

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



Stella Parton
This quote was submitted on Sunday 10 July 2005.

'Gene Watson is the greatest interpreter of a country song of anyone in the business - past, present or possibly the future.

Anyone would be hard pressed to improve on his interpretation.

He should be studied by everyone to learn how a country song should be sung.


Gene has always been one of my favourite entertainers'.

Thank you, Stella Parton, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Stella Parton...



Stella Parton is the younger sister of Dolly Parton and was born in Sevierville, Tennessee on Wednesday 4 May 1949.

In 1967, Stella Parton saw the release of her first album, 'In The Garden' (Soul Records, 1975), which was a gospel project featuring her sisters Willadeene and Cassie, along with her mother Avie Lee.  Shortly thereafter, Stella Parton moved to Washington, DC and began performing country music at Hillbilly Heaven.

Later moving to Nashville, Stella Parton started her own record label - Soul, Country & Blues Records - in 1975 and saw the release, in August 1975, of the album 'I Want to Hold You in My Dreams Tonight' (Soul Records, 1975).



Stella Parton's 'I Want to Hold You in My Dreams Tonight' (Soul Records, 1975) included three tracks which were released as singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'I Want to Hold You in My Dreams Tonight' (No.9, 1975)
'It's Not Funny Anymore' (No.56, 1975)
'Mood I'm In' / this track did not chart

As a result of Stella Parton's 'I Want to Hold You in My Dreams Tonight' (Soul Records, 1975) becoming a substantial national hit, climbing to No.9 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1975, Stella Parton landed a major record label deal with Elektra Records in 1976.

In 1977, Stella Parton saw the release of the non-album single 'Neon Woman', which was a duet with Carmol Taylor (Saturday 5 September 1931 - Friday 5 December 1986), and reached No.87 on the Billboard country music singles chart.



In July 1977, Stella Parton saw the release of 'Country Sweet' (Elektra Records, 1977), which included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'I'm Not That Good at Goodbye' (written by Don Williams and Bob McDill)
 (No.60, 1977)
'Danger of a Stranger' (No.15, 1977)
'Standard Lie No.1' (No.14, 1977)



Gene Watson recorded Dolly Parton's 'Most of All Why' and included the track on 'Paper Rosie' (Capitol Records, 1977); Dolly Parton is Stella Parton's older sister.



In March 1978, Stella Parton saw the release of 'Stella Parton' (Elektra Records, 1978), which included two tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Four Little Letters' (No.20, 1978)
'Undercover Lovers' (No.28, 1978)

In 1979, Stella Parton starred in an episode of 'Dukes of Hazzard' entitled 'Deputy Dukes' as Mary Beth, a woman who impersonates a police officer in order to settle a family score with a prisoner who Bo Duke (played by John Schneider) and Luke Duke (played by Tom Wopat) end up transporting during a change of venue.



In April 1979, Stella Parton saw the release of 'Love Ya' (Elektra Records, 1979), which included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Stormy Weather' (No.21, 1978)
'Steady as the Rain' (No.26, 1979)
'Room at the Top of the Stairs' (written by Dan Tyler and Even Stevens) (No.36, 1979)



In October 1979, Stella Parton saw the release of 'The Best of Stella Parton' (Elektra Records, 1979), which included the following tracks:

'Danger of a Stranger' (No.15, 1977)
'Room at the Top of the Stairs' (No.36, 1979)
'Steady as the Rain' (No.26, 1979)
'I'm Not That Good at Goodbye' (written by Don Williams and Bob McDill) (No.60, 1977)
'Stormy Weather' (No.21, 1978)
'I Want to Hold You in My Dreams Tonight' (No.9, 1975)
'Undercover Lovers' (No.28, 1978)
'Standard Lie No.1' (No.14, 1977)
'Four Little Letters' (No.20, 1978)
'Down to Earth'

After leaving Elektra Records, Stella Parton recorded for several independent record labels, including Accord / Townhouse Records, Airborne Records and Raptor Records.

 

In April 1982, Stella Parton saw the release of 'So Far So Good' (Raptor Records, 1982), which included two tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'I'll Miss You'
 (No.65, 1982)
'Young Love' (written by Ric Cartey and Carole Joyner) (No.75, 1982) / this track was also included on Stella Parton's 'Picture in a Frame' (Renaissance Records, 1997)



In 1983, Stella Parton saw the release of the non-album single 'Legs', which did not chart on the Billboard country music singles chart; the track was subsequently included on 'Favourites, Volume 1' (Montana Country Records, 1989).



In May 1984, the soundtrack for the film 'Rhinestone' was released on RCA Nashville Records; the film starred Dolly Parton and Sylvester Stallone.

The Dolly Parton-composed soundtrack produced two Top Ten country singles on the Billboard country music singles chart: 'God Won't Get You' (No.10, 1984) and 'Tennessee Homesick Blues' (No.1 for one week in September 1984).

Dolly Parton stated, in her memoirs, 'My Life & Other Unfinished Business', that she regards the soundtrack album as some of the best work she's done.

The track 'Goin' Back to Heaven', which was performed by Stella Parton & Charles Kindred 'Kin' Vassy (Monday 16 August 1943 - Thursday 23 June 1994), was also included on the 'Rhinestone' soundtrack album, which reached No.32 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1984.

During the 1980s and the 1990s, Stella Parton starred in several Broadway touring musicals, including 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers', 'Pump Boys & Dinettes', 'Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' and 'Gentlemen Prefer Blondes'.

During the course of her country music career, Stella Parton has seen the release of twenty-two albums and has achieved twenty-eight chart singles on the Billboard country music singles chart.

Stella Parton has also written three cookbooks, including her recipe-packed book, 'State Fairs & Church Bazaars'.

Stella Parton also devotes much of her time to causes like domestic violence and, typical of her hands on approach, teaches at New Opportunity School for Women at Berea College in Berea, Kentucky utilising her knowledge of hair and makeup to help women build self-esteem.

Stella Parton also has a thriving consulting business, Attic Entertainment Artist Development & Entertainment Consulting, teaching stage presence, hair, makeup, wardrobe techniques and video coaching.

Stella Parton has served as national spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving and Christian Appalachian Project & National Honorary Country Music Ambassador to the American Cancer Society.

• Visit Stella Parton's Official Site at stellaparton.com

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