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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 during 2010, 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 Charlie Craig, which he submitted to this site on Thursday 4 February 2010.

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



Charlie Craig
This quote was submitted on Thursday 4 February 2010.



'Sean, yes, I am co-writer (with Keith Stegall) on 'Atlanta Anymore' that Gene Watson recorded.  Thank you for the nice compliment.


As far as Gene Watson is concerned, I consider him to be one of the best country music vocalists of all time.

His delivery of a song is always heartfelt and his sound is refreshingly unique.

I have had the pleasure of meeting Gene on a few occasions and found him to be a gentleman with a down-to-earth personality.

I hope Gene Watson never stops singing and recording because the world of country music is always blessed whenever we get the opportunity to hear him perform'.

Thank you, Charlie Craig, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Charlie Craig...


Charlie Craig was born on Friday 30 September 1938 and was raised in Watts Mill, South Carolina, a cotton mill village two miles from the city square in Laurens, South Carolina.  Charlie Craig performed on a Saturday morning 'live' radio show at the age of fifteen in Laurens singing as a duet with a high school friend.

Charlie Craig began working clubs, high school auditoriums and theatres after graduating from high school.  In 1968, Charlie Craig moved to Nashville and began a forty-year song-writing career which lasted right up until his death on Friday 1 July 2011.



In his autobiography 'Old Memories & Me', Charlie Craig stated: 'Looking back on my life in this dazzling world of country music, I sometimes wonder if I am somebody else and not that kid from Watts Mill, South Carolina that used to sit up on an iron rail across from the cotton mill and daydream about the life I have been living in this business of country music for more than forty years.

How could I possibly have known that the Sears and Roebuck Silvertone guitar I got when I was about fourteen years old would lay the musical path to Nashville and pair me up with the likes of Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 - Friday 12 September 2003) and a lot of other great stars.  It still amazes me how this all happened.

I wasn't born with a silver spoon in my mouth.  I didn't know anybody important.  I didn't even have a rabbit's foot.

So why me?  I don't honestly know.  I do believe that God gave me a gift and something inspired me to take that gift & make it my craft'.

Some of Charlie Craig's more than three hundred recorded credits as a songwriter are listed below:



Bobby Bare recorded Charlie Craig's 'Chicken Every Sunday' (co-written with Betty Craig) and included the track on 'This I Believe' (RCA Records, 1966).



Jeannie C. Riley recorded Charlie Craig's 'Generation Gap' (co-written with Betty Craig and Jim Hayner) and included the track on 'Generation Gap' (Plantation Records, 1970).



Dolly Parton recorded Charlie Craig's 'Chicken Every Sunday' (co-written with Betty Craig) and included the track on 'Joshua' (RCA Records, 1971).



Kitty Wells (Saturday 30 August 1919 - Monday 16 July 2012) recorded Charlie Craig's 'Every Step of The Way' and included the track on 'Yours Truly' (MCA Records, 1973).



Johnny Duncan (Wednesday 5 October 1938 - Monday 14 August 2006) recorded Charlie Craig's 'Window Number Five' and included the track on 'You're Gonna Need a Man' (Harmony Records, 1973); the track reached No.65 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1973.



Jeannie C. Riley recorded Charlie Craig's 'Everyday with You' and included the track on 'When Love Has Gone Away' (MGM Records, 1973).



Del Reeves (Thursday 14 July 1932 - Monday 1 January 2007) recorded Charlie Craig's 'Lay a Little Lovin' on Me' (co-written with Anne Reeves) and included the track on 'Live at The Palomino Club' (United Artists Records, 1974).



Del Reeves (Thursday 14 July 1932 - Monday 1 January 2007) recorded Charlie Craig's 'I Would Like to See You Again' (co-written with Larry Atwood) and included the track on 'With Strings & Things' (United Artists Records, 1975).



Kenny Rogers recorded Charlie Craig's 'I Would Like to See You Again' (co-written with Larry Atwood) and included the track on 'Love Lifted Me' (United Artists Records, 1976).



Billie Jo Spears (Friday 14 January 1938 - Wednesday 14 December 2011) & Del Reeves (Thursday 14 July 1932 - Monday 1 January 2007) recorded Charlie Craig's 'On The Rebound' (co-written with Larry Atwood) and included the track on 'By Request' (United Artists Records, 1976).



Cal Smith (Thursday 7 April 1932 - Thursday 10 October 2013) recorded Charlie Craig's 'Talking to Your Memory Again' (co-written with Betty Craig) and included the track on 'Jason's Farm' (MCA Records, 1976).



On Monday 7 December 2009, Hux Records released Cal Smith's 'The Best of Cal Smith' (Hux Records, 2009) as HUX 110; one of the included tracks was 'Jason's Farm' (written by ), which reached No.12 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1975.



Don Williams recorded Charlie Craig's 'I Would Like to See You Again' (co-written with Larry Atwood) and included the track on 'Expressions' (ABC Records, 1978).



Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 - Friday 12 September 2003) recorded Charlie Craig's 'I Would Like to See You Again' (co-written with Larry Atwood) and included the track on 'I Would Like to See You Again' (Columbia Records, 1978).



Billie Jo Spears (Thursday 14 January 1937 - Wednesday 14 December 2011) recorded Charlie Craig's 'Rainy Days & Stormy Nights' and included the track on 'I Will Survive' (United Artists Records, 1979).



Moe Bandy recorded Charlie Craig's 'Following The Feeling' and included the track on 'Following The Feeling' (Columbia Records, 1980); the track was a duet with Judy Bailey and reached No.10 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1980.



Moe Bandy recorded Charlie Craig's 'Loser & a Fool' and included the track on 'Rodeo Romeo' (Columbia Records, 1981).



John Anderson recorded Charlie Craig's 'Makin' Love & Makin' Out' and included the track on 'John Anderson 2' (Warner Bros. Records, 1981).



Ed Bruce recorded Charlie Craig's 'Hundred Dollar Lady' and included the track on 'One to One' (MCA Records, 1981).



Moe Bandy recorded Charlie Craig's 'Let's Get Over Them Together' (co-written with Keith Stegall) and included the track on 'Devoted to Your Memory' (Columbia Records, 1983); the track, which was a duet with Becky Hobbs, reached No.10 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1983.



George Strait recorded Charlie Craig's 'Every Time It Rains (Lord, Don't It Pour)' (co-written with Keith Stegall) and included the track on 'Right or Wrong' (MCA Records, 1983).



Ed Bruce recorded Charlie Craig's 'I Think I'm in Love' (co-written with Keith Stegall) and included the track on 'You're Not Leaving Here Tonight' (MCA Records, 1983).



Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993) recorded Charlie Craig's 'I Think I'm in Love' and included the track on 'Lost in The Feeling' (Warner Bros. Records, 1983).



Moe Bandy recorded Charlie Craig's 'Your Memory Always Finds Its Way Back Home' and included the track on 'Motel Matches' (Columbia Records, 1984).



Janie Fricke recorded Charlie Craig's 'She's Single Again' (co-written with Peter McCann) and included the track on 'Somebody Else's Fire' (Columbia Records, 1985); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1985.



Reba McEntire recorded Charlie Craig's 'She's Single Again' (co-written with Peter McCann) and included the track on 'Have I Got a Deal for You' (MCA Records, 1985).



Gene Watson recorded Charlie Craig's 'Atlanta Anymore' (co-written with Keith Stegall) and included the track on 'Starting New Memories' (Epic Records, 1986).



On Monday 9 May 2011 (United Kingdom & Ireland) and Tuesday 17 May 2011 (worldwide), Hux Records released Gene Watson's 'Memories to Burn & Starting New Memories' as HUX 124.



Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989) recorded Charlie Craig's 'Between an Old Memory & Me' (co-written with Keith Stegall) and included the track on 'I Wonder Do You Think of Me' (RCA Records, 1988).



Marty Stuart recorded Charlie Craig's 'Matches' (co-written with Keith Stegall) and included the track on 'Let There Be Country' (Columbia Records, 1988); the album, however, was not released by Columbia Records until 1992.



Lorrie Morgan recorded Charlie Craig's 'I'll Take The Memories' (co-written with Keith Stegall) and included the track on 'Leave a Light On' (RCA Records, 1989).



Alan Jackson recorded Charlie Craig's 'Wanted' (co-written with Alan Jackson) and included the track on 'Here in The Real World' (Arista Records, 1990).



Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002) recorded Charlie Craig's 'Waking Up with You' (co-written with Roger Murrah and Waylon Jennings) and included the track on 'The Eagle' (Epic Records, 1990).



Aaron Tippin recorded Charlie Craig's 'I Miss Misbehaving' and included the track on 'Read Between The Lines' (RCA Records, 1991).



Alan Jackson recorded Charlie Craig's 'Tropical Depression' (co-written with Jim McBride and Alan Jackson) and included the track on 'A Lot About Livin' & a Little About Love' (Arista Records, 1992).



Shenandoah recorded Charlie Craig's 'Leaving's Been a Long Time Coming' and included the track on 'Long Time Coming' (RCA Records, 1992).



Travis Tritt recorded Charlie Craig's 'Between an Old Memory & Me' (co-written with Keith Stegall) and included the track on 'Ten Feet Tall & Bulletproof' (Warner Bros. Records, 1994).



Aaron Tippin recorded Charlie Craig's 'She's Got a Way (of Making Me Forget)' (co-written with Aaron Tippin) and included the track on 'Lookin' Back at Myself' (RCA Records, 1994).



Alan Jackson recorded Charlie Craig's 'All American Country Boy' (co-written with Keith Stegall) and included the track on 'Who I Am' (Arista Records, 1994).



Tanya Tucker recorded Charlie Craig's 'I'll Take The Memories' (co-written with Keith Stegall) and included the track on 'Fire to Fire' (Liberty Records, 1995).



Keith Stegall recorded Charlie Craig's 'Every Time It Rains (Lord, Don't It Pour)' (co-written with Keith Stegall) and included the track on 'Passages' (Mercury Records, 1996).



Mick Flavin recorded Charlie Craig's 'Atlanta Anymore' (co-written with Keith Stegall) and included the track on 'Country All The Way' (Ritz Records, 1997).



Mark Wills recorded Charlie Craig's 'Love is Alive' (co-written with Shane Teeters and Bruce C. Bouton) and included the track on 'Wish You Were Here' (Mercury Records, 1998).

Alan Jackson: 'High Mileage' (Arista Records, 1998)

Alan Jackson recorded Charlie Craig's 'What a Day Yesterday Was' (co-written with Mel Besher) and included the track on 'High Mileage' (Arista Records, 1998).



Alan Jackson recorded Charlie Craig's 'Bring on The Night' (co-written with Keith Stegall and Alan Jackson) and included the track on 'Drive' (Arista Records, 2002).



On Tuesday 23 September 2003, Varese-Sarabande Records released 'The Very Best of Charley Pride: 1987-1989' (Varese-Sarabande records, 2003), a showcase of Charley Pride's hit songs from those years.  The material included four previously unreleased tracks, one of which was 'I Wrote The Songs That Broke Her Heart', which was written by Charlie Craig and Guy Clark (Thursday 6 November 1941 - Tuesday 17 May 2016).

Charlie Craig's other credentials include a Grammy Nomination for 'The Generation Gap', 'Nominated Song of the Year' for 'Wanted' and 'Nominated Song of the Year' for 'She's Single Again'.

Charlie Craig also wrote 'One Foot Dragging', which was used on the television show 'Northern Exposure', and was performed by The Coasters.



Charlie Craig also received the honour of having five of his songs, two of which were 'The Best Bedroom in Town' and 'Champagne Ladies & Barroom Babies', included on the soundtrack of Robert Duval's Academy Award winning movie 'Tender Mercies' in 1983.

'Tender Mercies', which was financed by EMI Films, was shot largely in Waxahachie, Texas and was directed by Australian Bruce Beresford from a screenplay written by Albert Horton Foote Junior (14 March 1916 - Wednesday 4 March 2009); the movie focused on Mac Sledge, a recovering alcoholic country music singer who seeks to turn his life around through his relationship with a young widow and her son in rural Texas.  Robert Duvall played the role of Mac; the supporting cast included Tess Harper, Betty Buckley, Wilford Brimley, Ellen Barkin and Allan Hubbard.

'Tender Mercies' was released on Friday 4 March 1983, in a limited number of American theaters.  Although unsuccessful at the box office, it was critically acclaimed and earned five Academy Award nominations, including one for 'Best Picture'.  'Tender Mercies' won Oscars for 'Best Original Screenplay' for Albert Horton Foote Junior (14 March 1916 - Wednesday 4 March 2009), and 'Best Actor' for Robert Duvall, his first and only win.

Charlie Craig is also proud to have accomplished the following:

Induction into South Carolina Entertainment Hall of Fame in 1998
Producer of The Nashville Super Pickers (two singles were released from this album)
Producer of two developmental acts for Warner Brothers Records
Worked in A&R for Giant Records
Worked in A&R and Promotion with Gusto Records
Worked with several special acts at the beginning of their careers, acts who went on to become super stars, including Alan Jackson, Randy Travis and The Wilkinsons

Charlie Craig was also directly responsible for the signing of Tracy Hagen and The Wilkinsons to their respective record deals.



On Wednesday 22 October 2003, Charlie Craig saw the release of 'Old Memories & Me', on which he performed hit songs he had written for some of Nashville, and country music's, biggest stars, including the following:

'Matches' (written by Charlie Craig and Keith Stegall)
'Wanted' (written by Charlie Craig and Alan Jackson)
Conversation with Aaron Tippin
'She's Got a Way' (written by Charlie Craig and Aaron Tippin)
'Everybody Falls'
Conversation with Lorrie Morgan
'I'll Take The Memories' (written by Charlie Craig and Keith Stegall)
'Lay a Little Loving on Me' (written by Charlie Craig and Anne Reeves)
Conversation with Lorrie Morgan
'Between an Old Memory & Me' (written by Charlie Craig and Keith Stegall)
'I Would Like to See You Again' (written by Charlie Craig and Larry Atwood)
'Let's Get Over Them Together' (written by Charlie Craig and Keith Stegall)
Conversation with Peter McCann
'She's Single Again' (written by Charlie Craig and Peter McCann)
'Bring on the Night' (written by Charlie Craig, Keith Stegall and Alan Jackson)
'Following The Feeling' (written by Charlie Craig)
'Midnight Tennessee Woman'
'How Many Bridges'



In 2008, Charlie Craig saw the release of 'The Hit Maker' (Gusto Records, 2008), which included the following tracks:

'I Wish I Had You Back Again'
'Blowing Smoke in My Eyes'
'Wanted (a Good Hearted Woman)' (written by Charlie Craig and Alan Jackson)
'I Married Your Sister'
'Between An Old Memory & Me' (written by Charlie Craig and Keith Stegall)
'Lay Me Down a Truck Driving Man'
'Frog For The Water'
'Following The Feeling' (written by Charlie Craig)
'Champagne Chevrolet'
'Down Home Loving'

Charlie Craig's career included a number of special anendotes, including hiring a then unknown Charlie Daniels to play guitar, paying newcomer Alan Jackson to sing a demo, spending time with cowboy hero Roy Rogers (Sunday 5 November 1911 - Monday 6 July 1998), whom he introduced to Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 - Friday 12 September 2003), and he reportedly helped get The Wilkinsons their recording deal.

Charlie Craig was twice nominated for 'Song of the Year' and was inducted into South Carolina Entertainment Hall of Fame in 1998; he also worked in A&R with both Giant Records and Gusto Records.

On Friday 1 July 2011, Charlie Craig passed away; Charlie Craig was seventy-three years old and died of lung cancer.

Charlie Craig's funeral service took place at Bond Memorial Chapel in Nashville at 2:00pm on Sunday 3 July 2011.



Charlie Craig: Friday 30 September 1938 - Friday 1 July 2011

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