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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 2014, 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 John Schneider, which he submitted to this site on Wednesday 22 October 2014.

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

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John Schneider
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 22 October 2014.

'Gene Watson is a true statesman of country music.

A wonderful singer and an amazing story teller'.

Thank you, John Schneider, for your support of Gene Watson.

About John Schneider...

John Schneider (actor, singer, director, producer and writer) was born John Richard Schneider III on Friday 8 April 1960 in Mount Kisco, New York.

As a child, John enjoyed going to the theater watching John Wayne () in the westerns. John Wayne soon became his hero as he set his dreams on becoming a star on the big screen some day. John began acting in plays at school and in the community. He performed as a magician at children's parties and people were amazed at the card tricks this young boy could perform.

At the age of fourteen, John's mother Shirley's job was transferred to Atlanta in Georgia, so the two of them packed up and moved. John immediately began performing in plays with the North Springs High School drama club. He was Tevye in 'Fiddler On The Roof', the lead in 'Pajama Game' after losing weight over the summer break, and Frank Butler in 'Annie Get Your Gun'.

John Schneider recorded 'The Auctioneer' for the album 'Small One' when he was fifteen years old. He sang in a barbershop quartet at Six Flags Over Georgia and was in the Georgia State Chorus three years while in high school. John graduated high school in three years as he was anxious for his career to begin.

That career began in 1978 when John Schneider auditioned for the role of a 'good ol' boy'. They were looking for someone 24-30 years of age who was born in the south. John went in with a six pack of beer and a torn t-shirt telling them he was 24 years old and was from Snellville in Georgia. John got the role of Bo Duke in the new CBS television series 'The Dukes of Hazzard' and his career had begun.

'The Dukes of Hazzard' was an American television series which aired on the CBS television network from Friday 26 January 1979 to Friday 8 February 1985. The series was inspired by the 1975 film 'Moonrunners', which was also created by Gy Waldron and had many identical or similar character names and concepts.

Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002) wrote 'Theme From The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)' and included the track on 'Music Man' (RCA Records, 1980); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in November 1980 and peaked at No.21 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart.

On Tuesday 9 December 1980, 'Theme From The Dukes of Hazzard (Good Ol' Boys)' was certified as Waylon Jennings' only million-selling single.

Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002) worked as the narrator on 'The Dukes of Hazzard', and was commonly known as 'The Balladeer', having already contributed to the film, 'Moonrunners', which launched the series.

While working on 'The Dukes of Hazzard', John starred in two made-for-television movies, 'Dream House' and 'Happy Endings'.

In January 1981, John Schneider saw the release of the first of four albums he recorded for Scotti Bros. Records, 'It's Now Or Never' (Scotti Bros. Records, 1981), which included two tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'It's Now Or Never', which was written by Wally Gold (Tuesday 15 May 1928 - Sunday 7 June 1998), Aaron Schroeder (Tuesday 7 September 1926 - Wednesday 2 December 2009) and Eduardo Di Capua (12 March 1865 - Wednesday 3 October 1917) (No.4, 1981) / the track also reached No.14 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart
'Them Good Ol' Boys Are Bad' (No.13, 1981) / the 'B'-side of this single was 'Still' (written by Lionel Richie), which reached No.69 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1981

Following the success of 'Them Good Ol' Boys Are Bad', John Schneider's vocal career stalled. John did, however, see the release of a further three albums for Scotti Bros. Records.

John Schneider's debut album, 'It's Now Or Never' (Scotti Bros. Records, 1981), also included the following tracks:

'Stay With Me'
'Let Me Love You'
'No. 34 In Atlanta'
'(Am I) Fallin' In Love With Love'
'Next Time Around'
'Stay'
'You Could Be The One Woman'

John Schneider's debut album, 'It's Now Or Never' (Scotti Bros. Records, 1981), reached No.8 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1981.

In November 1981, John Schneider saw the release of his second album for Scotti Bros. Records, 'White Christmas' (Scotti Bros. Records, 1981), which included the following tracks:

'White Christmas'
'O Little Town Of Bethlehem'
'Winter Wonderland'
'Silver Bells'
'Silent Night'
'Christmas Song'
'Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer'
'Kathy's Christmas Card'
'Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas'
'It's Christmas'

John Schneider's second album, 'White Christmas' (Scotti Bros. Records, 1981), reached No.39 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1981.

In April 1982, John Schneider saw the release of his third album, 'Quiet Man' (Scotti Bros. Records, 1982), which included two tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Dreamin' (written by Barry De Vorzon and Ted Ellis) (No.32, 1982)
'In The Driver's Seat' (No.56, 1982)

John Schneider's third album, 'Quiet Man' (Scotti Bros. Records, 1982), also included the following tracks:

'I Need Someone To Miss'
'Hurts Like The Devil'
'Quiet Man'
'Livin' For Saturday Night'
'Every Night With You'
'They Got Nothin' On Him'
'Love Like Ours'
'Love Letters In The Sand'

In 1983, John Schneider saw the release of his fourth and final album for Scotti Bros. Records, 'If You Believe' (Scotti Bros. Records, 1983), which included the following tracks:

'Are You Lonesome Tonight'
'If You Believe'
'Look At Me Now'
'Lincoln County Queen'
'Love Stays On'
'Good Old Country Music'
'Hard Memories'
'Legend In My Own Mind'
'How Long'
'Long Neck Bottle Of Beer'

John Schneider co-starred in the movie 'Eddie Macon's Run' and filmed two television specials, 'John Schneider: Back Home' and 'John Schneider's White Christmas'. John's career expanded when he wrote and directed the last episode of 'The Dukes of Hazzard' entitled 'Opening Night at The Boar's Nest'.

In 1983, John Schneider and Marie Osmond co-founded Children's Miracle Network, a charity which raised billions of dollars for children's hospitals throughout the United States and Canada.

It was at this time that John Schneider was unwilling to throw in the towel on his musical career and enlisted the help of producer Jimmy Bowen, who had recently left Warner Bros. Records, to work on an album with him. John Schneider paid for it out of his own pocket and looked for material in Nashville.

John became frustrated when publishers pitched him songs in the same vein as 'It's Now Or Never', so after going through demo after demo at Welk Music, he asked company representative Bob Kirsch to play him a song that he really liked but wouldn't think was suitable for John.

Bob Kirsch pulled out an eight-year-old song, 'I've Been Around Enough To Know' (written by Dickey Lee and Bob McDill), and John immediately decided to record it.

Jo-El Sonnier had originally recorded a Cajun version, which was partially translated into French, for Mercury Records in 1975 (the track reached No.78), but writers Dickey Lee and Bob McDill had given up hope of ever having it recorded again.

When Jimmy Bowen arrived at MCA Records, he had John Schneider's single released in an unusual manner. MCA Records shipped seventy-five copies to radio stations with no identification on the record label. Only three radio programmers recognised John Schneider - many thought it was George Strait - but they all agreed to play the track.

In July 1984, John Schneider saw the release of his first album for MCA Records, 'Too Good To Stop Now' (MCA Records, 1984), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'I've Been Around Enough To Know' (written by Dickey Lee and Bob McDill) (No.1 for one week in November 1984)
'Country Girls' (written by Troy Seals and Eddie Setser) (No.1 for one week in April 1985)

John Schneider's first album for MCA Records, 'Too Good To Stop Now' (MCA Records, 1984), also included the following tracks:

'What'll You Do About Me'
'Low Class Reunion'
'Too Good To Stop Now'
'Time After My Life'
'Trouble'
'Party Of The First Part'
'I'm Your Man'
'Hollywood Heroes'

John Schneider's first album for MCA Records, 'Too Good To Stop Now' (MCA Records, 1984), reached No.4 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1984.

After 'The Dukes of Hazzard' was canceled by CBS in 1985, John Schneider continued acting and singing.

In April 1985, John Schneider saw the release of his second album for MCA Records, 'Tryin' To Outrun The Wind' (MCA Records, 1985), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'It's A Short Walk From Heaven To Hell' (written by Ken Bell, Terry Skinner and J. L. Wallace) (No.10, 1985)
'I'm Gonna Leave You Tomorrow' (written by Gene Dobbins, Tim Daniels and Johnny Wilson) (No.10, 1985) / John Schneider's vocal performance on this track elicited comparisons to Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016)

John Schneider's second album for MCA Records, 'Tryin' To Outrun The Wind' (MCA Records, 1985), also included the following tracks:

'He's Back In Texas'
'Say Hello To Goodbye'
'Why Did You Say I Do To Me'
'Tryin' To Outrun The Wind'
'Leavin's Been Comin' (For A Long Long Time)'
'I Don't Feel Much Like A Cowboy Tonight'
'Bad Case Of Love'
'Honeymoon Wine'

John Schneider's second album for MCA Records, 'Tryin' To Outrun The Wind' (MCA Records, 1985), reached No.15 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1985.

In January 1986, John Schneider saw the release of his third album for MCA Records, 'A Memory Like You' (MCA Records, 1986), which included two tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'What's A Memory Like You (Doing In A Love Like This)', which was written by Charles Quillen and John Jarrard (Thursday 7 May 1953 - Thursday 1 February 2001) (No.1 for one week in March 1986)
'You're The Last Thing I Needed Tonight' (written by David Wills and Don Pfrimmer) (No.1 for one week in August 1986)

John Schneider's third album for MCA Records, 'A Memory Like You' (MCA Records, 1986), also included the following tracks:

'Who Cares'
'Somebody's Gonna Love Her'
'Old Rainbow Jukebox And You'
'If We Can't Have Forever'
'One More Night'
'He Finally Made Up Her Mind'
'One Who Got Away'
'Welcome Home'

John Schneider's third album for MCA Records, 'A Memory Like You' (MCA Records, 1986), reached No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1986.

In August 1986, John Schneider saw the release of his fourth album for MCA Records, 'Take The Long Way Home' (MCA Records, 1986), which included two tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'At The Sound Of The Tone' (written by Dave Richardson and Max T. Barnes) (No.5, 1986)
'Take The Long Way Home' (written by Doug Crider and John Neel) (No.10, 1986)

John Schneider's fourth album for MCA Records, 'Take The Long Way Home' (MCA Records, 1986), also included the following tracks:

'Broken Promise Land'
'She's Ready For Someone To Love Her'
'Sounds Like Something I Would Say'
'Better Class Of Losers'
'Gettin' Even'
'Auction'
'This Time'
'Just When'

In 1986, John Schneider won 'The Star of Tomorrow' Award at the 20th Annual Music City News Country Awards. He toured with his music but still found time to film several movies, including 'Gus Brown & Midnight Brewster', 'Cocaine Wars', 'Stagecoach', 'The Curse', 'Christmas Comes To Willow Creek', 'Outback Bound', and 'Ministry Of Vengeance', along with starring in the television mini-series 'Wild Jack'.

In March 1987, John Schneider saw the release of his fifth album for MCA Records, 'You Ain't Seen The Last Of Me' (MCA Records, 1987), which included three tracks which were hit singles which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Love, You Ain't Seen The Last Of Me (written by Kendal Franceschi) (No.6, 1987)
'When The Right One Comes Along' (No.32, 1987)
'If It Was Anyone But You' (No.59, 1987)

John Schneider's fifth album for MCA Records, 'You Ain't Seen The Last Of Me' (MCA Records, 1987), also included the following tracks:

'I Lost My Head Last Night'
'So Good'
'When The Right One Comes Along'
'Angelena'
'Hillbilly Boy With The Rock 'n' Roll Blues'
'Credit'
'Gunfighter'
'Redneck Is The Backbone Of America'

John Schneider's fifth album for MCA Records, 'You Ain't Seen The Last Of Me' (MCA Records, 1987), reached No.41 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1987.

On Thursday 25 October 1990, John Schneider saw the release of 'Greatest Hits' (MCA Records, 1990), which included the following tracks:

'I've Been Around Enough To Know' (written by Dickey Lee and Bob McDill) (No.1 for one week in November 1984)
'Country Girls' (written by Troy Seals and Eddie Setser) (No.1 for one week in April 1985)
'It's A Short Walk From Heaven To Hell' (written by Ken Bell, Terry Skinner and J. L. Wallace) (No.10, 1985)
'I'm Gonna Leave You Tomorrow' (written by Gene Dobbins, Tim Daniels and Johnny Wilson) (No.10, 1985)
'What's A Memory Like You (Doing In A Love Like This)', which was written by Charles Quillen and John Jarrard (Thursday 7 May 1953 - Thursday 1 February 2001) (No.1 for one week in March 1986)
'You're The Last Thing I Needed Tonight' (written by David Wills and Don Pfrimmer) (No.1 for one week in August 1986)
'At The Sound Of The Tone' (written by Dave Richardson and Max T. Barnes) (No.5, 1986)
'Take The Long Way Home' (written by Doug Crider and John Neel) (No.10, 1986)
'Love, You Ain't Seen The Last Of Me (written by Kendal Franceschi) (No.6, 1987)
'If It Was Anyone But You' (No.59, 1987)

During the 1990s, John Schneider's career alternated between television/movies and musicals. He co-starred as Hardball in the television series 'Grand Slam' in 1990. From there he went to Broadway where his talents were once again displayed on the stage. In 1991, John portrayed Felix Von Gaigern in the musical 'Grand Hotel'. This was followed in 1992 by his performance in the off-Broadway musical 'Brigadoon. It was also in 1992 when John starred in the television movie 'Highway Heartbreaker', along with guest-starring roles in a few television series.

During the rest of the 1990s, John Schneider appeared in many roles on television, including the following:

'Desperate Journey: The Allison Wilcox Story' (1993)
'Second Chances' (1994)
'Burke's Law' (1994)
'Bandit: Bandit Bandit' (1994)
'Christy' (1994)
'Texas' (1994)
'Heaven Help Us' (1994)
'The Little CHP' (1995)
'The Legend of The Ruby Silver' (1996)
'Night of The Twisters' (1996)
'Kung Fu: The Legend Continues' (1996)
'The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!' (1997)
'True Women' (1997)
'Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman' (1997 - 1998)
'JAG' (1998)
'Walker, Texas Ranger' (1999)
'Michael Landon, The Father I Knew' (1999)
'Sam Churchill: Search for A Homeless Man' (1999)

During this time period, John Schneider also performed in the off-Broadway musicals 'The Will Rogers Follies' (1995) and 'The Music Man' (1996). John also ppeared in 'Relic Hunter' in 2000 - 2001 and in 'Veronica's Closet' in 1999 - 2000. He also appeared in episodes of 'Diagnosis Murder' in 1996 - 2000.

In 1996, John Schneider saw the release of a new album, 'Worth The Wait' (Faith Works Records, 1996).

In 2000, John Schneider once again starred as Bo Duke in the television movie 'The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood'. It was also in 2000 when John appeared in the movie 'Snow Day'. He was also on the road with the off-Broadway musical 'The Civil War'.

In 2001, John Schneider guest-starred in 'Touched By An Angel' and starred in 'Lightning: Fire From The Sky'.

It was also in 2001 when John Schneider's fans saw him star as a fantastic father in the television series 'Smallville'. The Jonathan Kent character died during the fifth season of that series, but John guest-starred several times until the series ended in 2011. He also directed a number of the episodes.

During these busy years, John Schneider still found time to do other work, 'Mary Christmas' in 2002, 'The Nick At Nite Holiday Special' in 2003, '10.5' in 2004, 'Felicity: An American Girl Adventure' in 2005 and 'Hidden Secrets' in 2006.

The year 2006 was a special year for John Schneider as he filmed a movie for his fans. He had written the script back when he was starring in 'The Dukes of Hazzard' and finally had enough time to turn it into a movie. John not only wrote the script, but he also starred in, produced, directed and edited what would become 'his baby'. 'Collier & Co.: Hot Pursuit' featured most of his family and many of his friends. John went on tour appearing in theatres with the screenings of the movie during 2006 and 2007.

During 2007, John Schneider also starred in two television movies, 'Lake Placid 2' and 'You've Got A Friend' and one motion picture called 'Sydney White'.

In 2008, John Schneider appeared in the movies 'Ogre', 'Shark Swarm' and 'Conjurer'. He also portrayed a villain in 'CSI: Miami'; this was a different type of role for John, one which his fans were not accustomed to seeing.

It was also in 2008 when John Schneider went back to Broadway for a time. He also portrayed Billy Flynn in 'Chicago' and incorporated some of his magic tricks into the musical.

In 2008 and 2009, John Schneider appeared in 'The Secret Life of The American Teenager'. His real-life son Chasen had a recurring role in that series as well. John had a recurring role in 'Nip/Tuck' between 2007 and 2009.

In 2009, John filmed the movies 'Set Apart', 'H2O Extreme', 'Come Dance At My Wedding' and 'The Rebound'.

In 2009, John Schneider self-released a new album, 'John's Acoustic Christmas' (John Schneider Music, 2009).

John Schneider had another busy year in 2010. He co-starred in 'Twenty Six Miles' (a series in which he also did some singing), '10,000 Days', 'What Would Jesus Do?', Holyman Undercover' and 'Wild Things: Foursome'. John guest-starred in 'Leverage', '90210' and 'Desperate Housewives'.


It was also in 2010 when John Schneider saw the release of his new single 'The Promise'; the track, which was John Schneider self-release, was written by Phil Redrow.

In 2011, more movies were filmed; John co-starred in 'Flag of My Father', 'Snow Beast', 'Your Love Never Fails', 'Super Shark' and 'October Baby', the latter movie received rave reviews. During 2011, John also guest-starred in 'Hot in Cleveland', 'Working Class' and 'Glee. John was also the host for 'Trick My What?', which was a weekly series.

In 2012, John Schneider's work included co-starring in 'Return of The Killer Shrews', 'Lukewarm', 'Doonby', 'Whiskey Business', 'Hardflip' and 'I Am Gabriel'. John also guest-starred in 'Happily Divorced' and 'Hero Factory'.

The year 2013 was an extremely busy year for John Schneider; his work included 'Not Today', 'Season of Miracles', 'Runaway Hearts', 'Road To The Open' and 'Let The Lion Roar'. John guest-starred in 'Mistresses' and co-starred in 'The Haves & The Have Nots'.

John Schneider also performed in concert with Marie Osmond, both in Las Vegas and in Atlantic City. These concerts brought back memories of Children's Miracle Network telethons which they hosted for so many years.

It was also in 2013 that John Schneider founded a production company, Fairlight Films. The first movie produced by the company, 'Smothered', was a horror movie which John wrote and directed in Louisiana.

Please Note
Portions of this biography page were written by Phyllis Hinkle and remain her intellectual property

Connect with John Schneider at johnschneideronline.com

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