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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 by The Gene Watson Fan Site, during 2017, 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 Ron Hellard, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 30 May 2017.

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

Ron Hellard

Ron Hellard
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 30 May 2017.

'In the midnight hours, I put on a stack of Gene Watson, get a bottle of wine and listen to what real country music is all about.


Gene Watson is the best!'

Thank you, Ron Hellard, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Ron Hellard...

Ron Hellard

Ron Hellard was born born Ronald Wayne Hellard in Versailles, Kentucky and is an American singer, songwriter and guitarist of note.

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1973

Ben Colder / Sheb Wooley (Sunday 10 April 1921 - Tuesday 16 September 2003): 'The Wacky World of Ben Colder' (MGM Records, 1973)

Sheb Wooley (Sunday 10 April 1921 - Tuesday 16 September 2003), who was also known as Ben Colder, recorded Ron Hellard's 'Glossy 8x10' and included the track on 'The Wack World of Ben Colder' (MGM Records, 1973).

Johnny Carver: 'Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around The Old Oak Tree' (ABC Records, 1973)

Johnny Carver recorded Ron Hellard's 'Sunday Afternoon Boat Ride in The Lake' (co-written with Ted Brown) and included the track on 'Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around The Old Oak Tree' (ABC Records, 1973).

Wanda Jackson: 'Country Keepsakes' (Capitol Records, 1973)

Wanda Jackson recorded Ron Hellard's 'Tennessee Women's Prison' (co-written with Gary S. Paxton) and included the track on 'Country Keepsakes' (Capitol Records, 1973).

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1974

Roy Clark: 'The Entertainer' (Dot Records, 1974) Roy Clark: 'Greatest Hits, Volume 1' (Dot Records, 1975)

Roy Clark recorded Ron Hellard's 'Honeymoon Feeling' (co-written with Gary S. Paxton) and included the track on 'The Entertainer' (Dot Records, 1974); the track, which reached No.4 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1974, was also included on Roy Clark's 'Greatest Hits, Volume 1' (Dot Records, 1975).

In 1974, Jack Scott recorded Ron Hellard's 'You're Just Gettin' Better' (co-written with Gary S. Paxton); the track, which was a non-album release on Top Rank Records, was released as a single and reached No.92 on the Billboard country music singles chart.

Slim Whitman: 'Honeymoon Feeling' (written by Ron Hellard & Gary S. Paxton) / United Artists Records, 1974 / released as a single only

In 1974, Slim Whitman (Saturday 20 January 1923 - Wednesday 19 June 2013) recorded Ron Hellard's 'Honeymoon Feeling' (co-written with Gary S. Paxton); the track was a non-album release on United Artists Records, which was released as a single only.

Roy Clark: 'Classic Clark' (Dot Records, 1974)

Roy Clark recorded Ron Hellard's 'The Great Divide' (co-written with Gary S. Paxton) and included the track on 'Classic Clark' (Dot Records, 1974); the track reached No.12 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1974.

Charlie Louvin: 'It Sure Felt Like Love' (United Artists Records, 1974)

Charlie Louvin (Thursday 7 July 1927 - Wednesday 26 January 2011) recorded Ron Hellard's 'Honeymoon Feeling' (co-written with Gary S. Paxton) and included the track on 'It Sure Felt Like Love' (United Artists Records, 1974).

Connie Cato: 'Super Connie Cato' (Capitol Records, 1974)

Connie Cato recorded Ron Hellard's 'Superskirt' (co-written with Gary S. Paxton) and included the track on 'Super Connie Cato' (Capitol Records, 1974); the track reached No.33 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1974.

Durwood Haddock: 'Angel in An Apron' (written by Ron Hellard & Gary S. Paxton) (Caprice Records, 1974)

In 1974, Durwood Haddock recorded Ron Hellard's 'Angel in An Apron' (co-written with Gary S. Paxton); the track was a non-album release on Caprice Records, which was released as a single only.

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1975

Slim Whitman: 'Everything Leads Back to You' (United Artists Records, 1975)

Slim Whitman (Saturday 20 January 1923 - Wednesday 19 June 2013) recorded Ron Hellard's 'Angel in An Apron' (co-written with Gary S. Paxton) and included the track on 'Everything Leads Back to You' (United Artists Records, 1975).

Melba Montgomery: 'Don't Let The Good Times Fool You' (Elektra Records, 1975)

Melba Montgomery
recorded Ron Hellard's 'Don't Let The Good Times Fool You' (co-written with Gary S. Paxton) and included the track on 'Don't Let The Good Times Fool You' (Elektra Records, 1975); the track reached No.15 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1975.

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1976

R.W. Blackwood & The Blackwood Singers: 'We Can Feel Love' (Capitol Records, 1976)

R.W. Blackwood & The Blackwood Singers recorded Ron Hellard's 'Sunday Afternoon Boat Ride in The Lake' (co-written with Ted Brown) and included the track on 'We Can Feel Love' (Capitol Records, 1976); the track reached No.32 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1976.

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1977

Jimmy Dean: 'I.O.U.' (GRT Records, 1977)

Jimmy Dean (Friday 10 August 1928 - Sunday 13 June 2010) recorded Ron Hellard's 'Angel in An Apron' (co-written with Gary S. Paxton) and included the track on 'I.O.U.' (GRT Records, 1977).

Vern Gosdin: 'Till The End' (Elektra Records, 1977)

Vern Gosdin (Sunday 5 August 1934 - Tuesday 28 April 2009) recorded Ron Hellard's 'We Make Beautiful Music Together' (co-written with Gary S. Paxton) and included the track on 'Till The End' (Elektra Records, 1977).

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1982

John Conlee: 'Busted' (MCA Records, 1982)

John Conlee
 recorded Ron Hellard's 'Two Hearts' (co-written with Michael Garvin and Bucky Jones) and included the track on 'Busted' (MCA Records, 1982).

Johnny Paycheck: 'Lovers & Losers' (Epic Records, 1982)

Johnny Paycheck (Tuesday 31 May 1938 - Wednesday 19 February 2003) recorded Ron Hellard's 'Highlight of '81' (co-written with Michael Garvin) and included the track on 'Lovers & Losers' (Epic Records, 1982).

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1983

Gary Morris: 'Why Lady Why' (Warner Bros. Records, 1983)

Gary Morris
recorded Ron Hellard's 'Velvet Chains' (co-written with Kevin Welch) and included the track on 'Why Lady Why' (Warner Bros. Records, 1983); the track reached No.9 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1983.

Shelly West: 'Red Hot' (Viva Records, 1983)

Shelly West recorded Ron Hellard's 'Good & Lonesome', which was co-written with Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 - Sunday 30 October 2016) and Bucky Jones, and included the track on 'Red Hot' (Viva Records, 1983).

George Jones: 'Jones Country' (Epic Records, 1983)George Jones: 'George Jones: By Request' (Epic Records, 1984)George Jones: 'One Woman Man' (Epic Records, 1989)

George Jones
 (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Ron Hellard's 'Radio Lover', which was co-written with Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 - Sunday 30 October 2016) and Bucky Jones, and included the track on 'Jones Country' (Epic Records, 1983).

George Jones' recording of 'Radio Lover', which was written by Ron Hellard, Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 - Sunday 30 October 2016) and Bucky Jones, was also included on 'George Jones: By Request' (Epic Records, 1984) and 'One Woman Man' (Epic Records, 1989); the track was released as a single in 1989, when it reached No.62 on the Billboard country music singles chart.

George Jones: 'Jones Country' (Epic Records, 1983)

George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Ron Hellard's 'Wino The Clown', which was co-written with Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 - Sunday 30 October 2016) and Bucky Jones, and included the track on 'Jones Country' (Epic Records, 1983).

George Jones: 'Jones Country' (Epic Records, 1983)

George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Ron Hellard's 'Famous Last Words', which was co-written with Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 - Sunday 30 October 2016) and Bucky Jones, and included the track on 'Jones Country' (Epic Records, 1983).

David Frizzell & Shelly West: 'In Session' (Viva Records, 1983)

David Frizzell
& Shelly West recorded Ron Hellard's 'Pleasure Island', which was co-written with Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 - Sunday 30 October 2016) and Bucky Jones, and included the track on 'In Session' (Viva Records, 1983); the track reached No.71 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1983.

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1984

Mickey Gilley: 'Too Good to Stop Now' (Epic Records, 1984)

Mickey Gilley recorded Ron Hellard's 'Quittin' Time' (co-written with Michael Garvin and Bucky Jones) and included the track on 'Too Good to Stop Now' (Epic Records, 1984).

Adam Baker: 'Adam Baker' (Signature Records, 1984)

Adam Baker recorded Ron Hellard's 'The Best Thing I Ever Did Wrong' (co-written with Sharon Rose and Alan Rhody) and included the track on 'Adam Baker' (Signature Records, 1984).

Ronnie McDowell: 'Willing' (Epic Records, 1984)

Ronnie McDowell recorded Ron Hellard's 'I've Got a Million of 'Em' (co-written with Michael Garvin and Bucky Jones) and included the track on 'Willing' (Epic Records, 1984); the track reached No.8 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1984.

Ronnie McDowell: 'Willing' (Epic Records, 1984)

Ronnie McDowell recorded Ron Hellard's 'Standing Invitation', which was co-written with Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 - Sunday 30 October 2016) and Bucky Jones, and included the track on 'Willing' (Epic Records, 1984).

The Lewis Family: 'Keepin' On' (Canaan Records, 1984)

The Lewis Family recorded Ron Hellard's 'I Talk to The Shepherd' (co-written with Michael Garvin and Bucky Jones) and included the track on 'Keepin' On' (Canaan Records, 1984).

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1985

Joe Simon: 'Mr. Right' (Compleat Records, 1985)

Joe Simon recorded Ron Hellard's 'Morning, Noon & Night' and included the track on 'Mr. Right' (Compleat Records, 1985).

Tammy Wynette: 'Sometimes When We Touch' (Epic Records, 1985) Tammy Wynette: 'Sometimes When We Touch & Higher Ground' (Morello Records, 2017)

Tammy Wynette (Tuesday 5 May 1942 - Monday 6 April 1998) recorded Ron Hellard's 'Party of The First Part' (co-written with Sonny Curtis) and included the track on 'Sometimes When We Touch' (Epic Records, 1985).

On Friday 13 January 2017, Morello Records released Tammy Wynette's 'Sometimes When We Touch' (Epic Records, 1985), along with 'Higher Ground' (Epic Records, 1988), as a special '2-on-1' CD set (MRLL67).

Roy Head: 'Living For a Song' (Texas Crude Publishing Records, 1985)

Roy Head recorded Ron Hellard's 'Break Out The Good Stuff' (co-written with Michael Garvin and Bucky Jones) and included the track on 'Living For a Song' (Texas Crude Publishing Records, 1985); the track reached No.93 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1985.

George Jones: 'Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes' (Epic Records, 1985)

George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Ron Hellard's 'That's Good, That's Bad' (co-written with Michael Garvin) and included the track on 'Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes' (Epic Records, 1985); the track featured guest vocals from Lacy J. Dalton.

Loretta Lynn: 'Just a Woman' (MCA Records, 1985)

Loretta Lynn recorded Ron Hellard's 'Stop The Clock' (co-written with Bobby Braddock and Bucky Jones) and included the track on 'Just a Woman' (MCA Records, 1985).

Conway Twitty: 'Chasin' Rainbows' (Warner Bros. Records, 1985)

Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993) recorded Ron Hellard's 'Legend & The Man', which was co-written with Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 - Sunday 30 October 2016) and Bucky Jones, and included the track on 'Chasin' Rainbows' (Warner Bros. Records, 1985); the track reached No.19 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1985.

Johnny Lee: 'Keep Me Hangin' On' (Warner Bros. Records, 1985)

Johnny Lee recorded Ron Hellard's 'Rock 'n' Money' (co-written with Michael Garvin and Bucky Jones) and included the track on 'Keep Me Hangin' On' (Warner Bros. Records, 1985).

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1986

George Jones: 'Wine Colored Roses' (Epic Records, 1986)

George Jones
(Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Ron Hellard's 'These Old Eyes Have Seen It All', which was co-written with Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 - Sunday 30 October 2016) and Bucky Jones, and included the track on 'Wine Colored Roses' (Epic Records, 1986).

Jerry Lee Lewis: 'Get Out Your Big Roll, Daddy' (SCR Records, 1986)

Jerry Lee Lewis recorded Ron Hellard's 'Rock 'n' Roll Money' (co-written with Michael Garvin and Bucky Jones) and included the track on 'Get Out Your Big Roll, Daddy' (SCR Records, 1986).

The Lowes: 'Good & Lonesome', which was written by Ron Hellard, Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 - Sunday 30 October 2016) and Bucky Jones) (Sound Waves Records, 1986)

In 1986, The Lowes recorded Ron Hellard's 'Good & Lonesome', which was co-written with Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 - Sunday 30 October 2016) and Bucky Jones; the track was a non-album release on Sound Waves Records, which was released as a single only.

Keith Whitley: 'L.A. to Miami' (RCA Records, 1986)

Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989) recorded Ron Hellard's 'That Stuff' (co-written with Sonny Curtis) and included the track on 'L.A. to Miami' (RCA Records, 1986).

Keith Whitley: 'L.A. to Miami' (RCA Records, 1986)

Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989) recorded Ron Hellard's 'Quittin' Time' and included the track on 'L.A. to Miami' (RCA Records, 1986).

In 1986, Con Hunley recorded Ron Hellard's 'Quittin' Time' for Capitol Records; the track, which was a non-album single, reached No.55 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1986.

T. Graham Brown: 'I Tell It Like It Used to Be' (Capitol Records, 1986)

T. Graham Brown
recorded Ron Hellard's 'I Tell It Like It Used to Be' (co-written with Michael Garvin and Bucky Jones) and included the track on 'I Tell It Like It Used to Be' (Capitol Records, 1986); the track reached No.7 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1986.

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1987

In 1987, Adam Baker recorded Ron Hellard's 'Standing Invitation', which was co-written with Curly Putman (Thursday 20 November 1930 - Sunday 30 October 2016) and Bucky Jones; the track, which was a non-album single, reached No.63 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1987.

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1988

Keith Whitley: 'Don't Close Your Eyes' (RCA Records, 1989)

Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989) recorded Ron Hellard's 'I'm No Stranger to The Rain' (co-written with Sonny Curtis) and included the track on 'Don't Close Your Eyes' (RCA Records, 1988).


Keith Whitley's recording of 'I'm No Stranger to The Rain' (written by Ron Hellard and Sonny Curtis), which was included on 'Don't Close Your Eyes' (RCA Records, 1989), was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for two weeks in April 1989, and was voted 'Single of the Year' by the Country Music Association (CMA).

George Jones: 'Too Wild, Too Long' (Epic Records, 1988)

George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Ron Hellard's 'U.S.A. Today', which was co-written with Johnny MacRae (1929 - Wednesday 3 July 2013), and included the track on 'Too Wild, Too Long' (Epic Records, 1988).

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1989

In 1989, Lynne Tyndall recorded Ron Hellard's 'I Promise' (co-written with Bucky Jones); the track, which was released as a non-album single, reached No.74 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1989.

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1990

Holly Dunn: 'Heart Full of Love' (Warner Bros. Records, 1990)

Holly Dunn
(Thursday 22 August 1957 - Tuesday 15 November 2016) recorded Ron Hellard's 'Light in The Window Went Out' (co-written with Chris Waters and Holly Dunn) and included the track on 'Heart Full of Love' (Warner Bros. Records, 1990).

Donna Meade: 'Love's Last Stand' (Mercury Records / Polygram Records, 1990)

Donna Meade recorded Ron Hellard's 'Congratulations' (co-written with Michael Garvin and Walt Wilson) and included the track on 'Heart Full of Love' (Warner Bros. Records, 1990); the track reached No.69 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1990.

Hank Williams Junior: 'America (The Way I See It)' (Warner Bros. Records, 1990)

Hank Williams Junior recorded Ron Hellard's 'U.S.A. Today', which was co-written with Johnny MacRae (1929 - Wednesday 3 July 2013), and included the track on 'America (The Way I See It)' (Warner Bros. Records, 1990).

Cee Cee Chapman: 'Cee Cee Chapman' (Capitol Records Nashville / Curb Records, 1990)

Cee Cee Chapman recorded Ron Hellard's 'Tough on Love' (co-written with Bob Morrison) and included the track on 'Cee Cee Chapman' (Capitol Records Nashville / Curb Records, 1990).

Cee Cee Chapman: 'Cee Cee Chapman' (Capitol Records Nashville / Curb Records, 1990)

Cee Cee Chapman recorded Ron Hellard's 'Betrayed' (co-written with Tom Shapiro) and included the track on 'Cee Cee Chapman' (Capitol Records Nashville / Curb Records, 1990).

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1991

Billy Dean: 'Billy Dean' (Capitol Records, 1991)

Billy Dean
recorded Ron Hellard's 'If There Hadn't Been You' (co-written with Tom Shapiro) and included the track on 'Billy Dean' (Capitol Records, 1991); the track reached No.3 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1991.

Billy Dean: 'Billy Dean' (Capitol Records, 1991)

Billy Dean recorded Ron Hellard's 'I Shoulda Listened' (co-written with Tom Shapiro) and included the track on 'Billy Dean' (Capitol Records, 1991).

Robin Lee: 'Heart on a Chain' (Atlantic Records, 1991)

Robin Lee recorded Ron Hellard's 'Betrayed' (co-written with Tom Shapiro) and included the track on 'Heart on a Chain' (Atlantic Records, 1991).

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1993

Tracy Byrd: 'Tracy Byrd' (MCA Records, 1993)

Tracy Byrd recorded Ron Hellard's 'Why Don't That Telephone Ring' (co-written with Charles Quillen) and included the track on 'Tracy Byrd' (MCA Records, 1993); the track reached No.39 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 1993.

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1995

Toby Keith: 'Christmas to Christmas' (Mercury Records, 1995)

Toby Keith recorded Ron Hellard's 'Christmas to Christmas' (co-written with Alan Rhody) and included the track on 'Christmas to Christmas' (Mercury Records, 1995).

Ron Hellard Compositions: 1998

Sean Keane: 'No Stranger' (Grapevine Records, 1998)

Sean Keane recorded Ron Hellard's 'I'm No Stranger to The Rain' (co-written with Sonny Curtis) and included the track on 'No Stranger' (Grapevine Records, 1998).

Ron Hellard compositions have also been recorded by Bobby Bare, Jerry Lee Lewis, Loretta Lynn and Tanya Tucker.
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