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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 2006, 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 Billy Swan, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 1 August 2006.

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



Billy Swan
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 1 August 2006.

'I think Gene Watson is one of the very best country stylists / singers around.

Thanks so much for asking me to provide a quote'.

Thank you, Billy Swan, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Billy Swan...



Billy Swan, who was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri in May 1942, grew up listening to country music until he discovered rock 'n' roll as a teenager.  Billy Swan learned drums, piano and guitar and also began writing songs.

'Lover Please', a song Billy Swan wrote when he was sixteen years old, was recorded by a local group he played with called Mirt Mirly & The Rhythm Stoppers.

Later, when Billy Swan's friends travelled to Memphis to record with Elvis Presley bassist Bill Black, Black wound up cutting the tune himself.  Not long after, 'Lover Please' found its way to R&B star Clyde Lensley McPhatter (Tuesday 15 November 1932 - Tuesday 13 June 1972), who turned it into a Top 10 hit in 1962, when it reached No.4.

Billy Swan stayed in Memphis to write for Bill Black's combo and also worked as a guard at Graceland for a time.

Billy Swan soon moved to Nashville, where he worked as a janitor at Columbia Records recording studios, where he later handed the job over to a young Kris Kristofferson.

Billy Swan later worked as a roadie for Mel Tillis, and also wrote songs recorded by Mel Tillis, Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993) and Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002).



Mel Tillis recorded Billy Swan's 'Buried Alive' and included the track on 'Stateside' (Kapp Records, 1966).



Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993) recorded Billy Swan's 'Sensitive Heart' and included the track on 'Here's Conway Twitty' (Decca Records, 1968).



Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002) recorded Billy Swan's 'I Fall in Love So Easily' (co-written with Glenn Martin) and included the track on 'Hangin On' (RCA Records, 1968).

An association with Monument Records led to Billy Swan's first gig as a record producer.



Billy Swan was nominated to produce Tony Joe White's debut album, 'Black & White' (Monument Records, 1969), which included 'Polk Salad Annie', a track which reached No.8 on the American pop music singles chart in 1969.



'Polk Salad Annie' was subsequently recorded by Elvis Presley (Tuesday 8 January 1935 - Tuesday 16 August 1977), who included the track on 'On Stage: February 1970' (RCA Victor, 1970).

In 1971, Billy Swan joined Kris Kristofferson's backing band as the bass player and toured with him for the next year and a half.

Bobby G. Rice: 'Hit After Hit' (Royal American Records, 1972)

Bobby G. Rice recorded Billy Swan's 'Lover Please' and included the track on 'Hit After Hit' (Royal American Records, 1972); the track reached No.46 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1972.

Billy Swan next served as a sideman for Kinky Friedman and Billy Joe Shaver, and shortly after his return to Kris Kristofferson's band, he got a recording deal of his own with Monument Records.

In 1974, Fred Foster signed Billy Swan to Monuments Records, where he enjoyed his biggest hit song, 'I Can Help', which was No.1 for two weeks on the Billboard country music singles chart in December 1974.

Billy Swan's 'I Can Help' was also a huge hit on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart, where it reached No.1, along with reaching No.6 on the United Kingdom pop music singles chart.



Billy Swan's 'I Can Help' (Monument Records, 1974), which was released in November 1974, reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1974, and included the following tracks:

'Lover Please'
'I'm Her Fool' / this track reached No.53 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1974
'I'd Like to Work for You'
'Shake Rattle & Roll', which was written by Charles E. Calhoun aka Jesse Stone (Saturday 16 November 1901 - Thursday 1 April 1999) (No.95, 1976)
'Queen of My Heart'
'Don't Be Cruel', which was written by Otis Blackwell (Monday 16 February 1931 - Monday 6 May 2002)
'Wedding Bells'
'Ways of a Woman in Love'
'P.M.S. (post mortem sickness)'



Johnny Russell (Tuesday 23 January 1940 - Tuesday 3 July 2001) recorded Billy Swan's 'Queen of My Heart' (co-written with Benny Whitehead) and included the track on 'Rednecks, White Socks & Blue Ribbon Beer' (RCA Records, 1974).



Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge recorded Billy Swan's 'Lover Please' and included the track on 'Breakaway' (Monument Records, 1974); the track reached No.42 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart in 1975.



Billy Swan never came close to duplicating the success of 'I Can Help', but he did reach the Billboard country music Top 20 with a single in 1975, 'Everything's The Same (ain't nothing changed)', which was included on 'Rock & Roll Moon' (Monument Records, 1975) and reached No.17 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1975.



Loretta Lynn recorded Billy Swan's 'I Can Help' and included the track on 'Back to the Country' (Decca Records, 1975).



Elvis Presley (Tuesday 8 January 1935 - Tuesday 16 August 1977) recorded Billy Swan's 'I Can Help' and included the track on 'Elvis Today' (RCA Records, 1975).



Dave & Sugar recorded Billy Swan's 'Queen of My Heart' (co-written with Benny Whitehead) and included the track on their self-titled debut album, 'Dave & Sugar' (RCA Records, 1976), which was produced by Jerry Bradley, Charley Pride and Dave Rowland.



In May 1976, Billy Swan saw the release of 'Billy Swan' (Monument Records, 1976), which included two tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Just Want to Taste Your Wine' (No.45, 1976)
'You're The One' (No.75, 1976)

Billy Swan's 'Billy Swan' (Monument Records, 1976) also included the following tracks:

'Miss Misery'
'I Got it for You'
'Number One'
'Vanessa'
'I Hear You Knockin'
'Lucky'
'Love You Baby to the Bone'
'Your True Love'
'Blue Suede Shoes'
'Lover Please' (written by Billy Swan)



In 1977, Billy Swan saw the release of 'Four' (Monument Records, 1977), which included the following tracks:

'Swept Away'
'Playing The Game of Love'
'Pardon Me'
'Oliver Swan'
'Smoky Places'
'Don't Kill Our Love'
'Not Everyone Knows'
'Last Call'
'California Song'
'Me & My Honey'



Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge recorded Billy Swan's 'Not Everyone Knows' (co-written with Robert 'Rob Dog' Morrison) and included the track on 'Natural Act' (A&M Records, 1978).



Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge recorded Billy Swan's 'Number One' (co-written with Sonny Curtis) and included the track on 'Natural Act' (A&M Records, 1978).



In 1979, Billy Swan saw the release of 'Billy Swan: At His Best' (Monument Records, 1978), which included the following tracks:

'I Can Help'
(No.1 for two weeks on the Billboard country music singles chart in December 1974) / this track also reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart, and No.6 on the United Kingdom pop music singles chart
'Shake Rattle & Roll', which was written by Charles E. Calhoun aka Jesse Stone (Saturday 16 November 1901 - Thursday 1 April 1999) (No.95, 1976)
'Stranger' (written by Kris Kristofferson)
'Lover Please'
'Number One'
'Everything's The Same (ain't nothing changed)' / this track reached No.17 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1975
'Don't Be Cruel', which was written by Otis Blackwell (Monday 16 February 1931 - Monday 6 May 2002)
'(You Just) Woman Handled My Mind'
'Just Want to Taste Your Wine' / this track reached No.45 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1976
'Vanessa'



In February 1978, Billy Swan saw the release of 'You're OK, I'm OK' (A&M Records, 1979), which included the following tracks:

'You're OK, I'm OK'
'No Way Around It (it's love)'
'(Can't Get You Out of) My Bloodstream'
'Please Help Me, I'm Falling'
'You Make My Soul Rock 'n' Roll'
'Forever in Your Love'
'Lonely Avenue'
'That's America to Me'
'Never Go Lookin' Again'
'Let The Rain Keep Fallin'
'Hello, Remember Me'



Mel Tillis
 recorded Billy Swan's 'Not in Front of the Kids' and included the track on 'The Great Mel Tillis' (Gusto Records, 1979).



Kris Kristofferson recorded Billy Swan's 'Nobody Loves Anybody Anymore' (co-written with Kris Kristofferson) and included the track on 'To The Bone' (Monument Records, 1981); the track reached No.68 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1981.

Billy Swan also played guitar and provided background vocals on Kris Kristofferson's 'To The Bone' (Monument Records, 1981).



In May 1981, Billy Swan saw the release of 'I'm into Lovin' You (Epic Records, 1981), which included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Do I Have to Draw a Picture'
(No.18, 1981)
'I'm into Lovin' You' (No.18, 1981)
'Stuck Right in the Middle of Your Love' (No.19, 1981)

Billy Swan's 'I'm into Lovin' You (Epic Records, 1981) also included the following tracks:

'Not Far From Forty'
'My Girl Josephine'
'Win You Over'
'What's Our Love Coming to'
'Soft Touch'
'Lay Down & Love Me Tonight'
'Only Be You'

Shakin' Stevens: 'Give Me Your Heart Tonight' (Epic Records, 1982)

Shakin' Stevens (Michael Barratt) recorded Billy Swan's 'Vanessa', which was co-written with Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 - Friday 22 December 2006), and included the track on 'Give Me Your Heart Tonight' (Epic Records, 1982).




Emmylou Harris recorded Billy Swan's 'Drivin' Wheel' and included the track on 'White Shoes' (Warner Bros. Records, 1983).



In 1986, Billy Swan teamed up with Randy Meisner of The Eagles, Jimmy Griffin (Tuesday 10 August 1943 - Tuesday 11 January 2005) (formerly of Bread), David Kemper, David Miner and David Mansfield in the country-rock band Black Tie, and saw the release of 'When The Night Falls' (Bench Records, 1986), which included the following tracks:

'If You Gotta Make a Fool of Somebody'
'You're My Life'
'Jerry Lee'
'Number 8'
'Save the Last Dance for Me'
'Please Take a Letter, Miss Brown'
'Krieger'
'I Feel Fine', which was written by John Lennon (Wednesday 9 October 1940 - Monday 8 December 1980) and Paul McCartney
'When the Night Falls'
'Leaving the Game'
'Chain Gang'
'1985'
'Oh, My Lover'
'Ten'



In the late 1980s, Billy Swan resumed work with Kris Kristofferson's band and appeared on two Kris Kristofferson albums; 'Repossessed' (Mercury Records, 1986) and 'Third World Warrior' (Mercury Records, 1990).



Kris Kristofferson recorded Billy Swan's 'Love of Money' (co-written with Kris Kristofferson, Danny Lawson, Glen Clark and J.J. Meeker) and included the track on 'Third World Warrior' (Mercury Records, 1990).

Aaron Tippin: 'Tool Box' (RCA Records, 1995)

Aaron Tippin
recorded Billy Swan's 'I Can Help' and included the track on 'Tool Box' (RCA Records, 1995).



In 1995, Billy Swan, along with Sweet Pea Atkinson, Sir Harry Bowens and Jonell Mosser, provided background vocals on Kris Kristofferson's 'A Moment of Forever' (Justice Records, 1995).



In January 1998, Billy Swan saw the release of 'The Best of Billy Swan' (Epic Records, 1998), which included the following tracks:

'I Can Help'
(No.1 for two weeks on the Billboard country music singles chart in December 1974) / the track also reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart, and reached No.6 on the United Kingdom pop music singles chart
'Shake, Rattle & Roll', which was written by Charles E. Calhoun aka Jesse Stone (Saturday 16 November 1901 - Thursday 1 April 1999) (No.95, 1976)
'Stranger' (written by Kris Kristofferson)
'Lover Please' (written by Billy Swan)
'Number One'
'Don't Be Cruel', which was written by Otis Blackwell (Monday 16 February 1931 - Monday 6 May 2002)
'(You Just) Woman Handled My Mind'
'Everything's The Same (ain't nothing changed' (No.17, 1975)
'Just Want to Taste Your Wine' (No.45, 1976) / this track featured guest vocals from The Jordanaires
'Vanessa'
'You're The One' (No.75, 1976)
'Do I Have to Draw a Picture' (No.18, 1981)
'I'm into Lovin' You' (No.18, 1981)
'Stuck Right in the Middle of Your Love' (No.19, 1981)
'With Their Kind of Money & Our Kind of Love' (No.32, 1982)
'Your Picture Still Loves Me (and I still love you)' (No.56, 1982)



Taking time out from his still-active career as a session and back-up musician, Billy Swan recorded a new album at the original Sun Records studios, 'Like Elvis Used to Do' (Koch Records, 2000), which included the following tracks:

'Suspicious Minds'
'Mystery Train'
'Wooden Heart'
'Blue Moon of Kentucky'
'Viva Las Vegas'
'Too Much'
'Milk Cow Blues'
'Heartbreak Hotel'
'Jailhouse Rock'
'King Creole'
'Love Me Tender'
'Baby Let's Play House'
'I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone'
'Burning Love'
'Memphis Rocks'
'That's All Right, Mama'



In January 2003, Billy Swan teamed up with Randy Meisner of The Eagles, once again, as well as Alan Rich, on a self-titled album, 'Meisner, Swan & Rich' (Revola Records, 2002), which included the following tracks:

'Pretty Baby'
'You Look Like Someone I Could Love'
'He Loves You'
'My How Things Have'
'Who's Gonna Love You Baby'
'One Used Diamond'
'Honey (sweet sweet honey)'
'Make Yourself at Home in My Heart'
'(It's Like I) Never Had a Broken Heart'
'Where The Rubber Meets The Road'

• Visit Billy Swan Profile at Rockabilly Hall of Fame's Official Site at rockabillyhall.com

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