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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 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 Razzy Bailey, which he submitted to this site on Monday 18 January 2010.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Razzy Bailey who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Monday 18 January 2010.
'I love Gene Watson's music; you can depend on it'.
Thank you, Razzy Bailey, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Razzy Bailey...
Razzy Bailey was born on Tuesday 14 February 1939 in Hugley, Alabama and was raised on a farm in Lafayette, Alabama. Razzy got his first experience of musical performance as a member of his high school's Future Farmers of America string band.
After graduation, Razzy married and had children immediately and had little time to pursue his career, but he spent many years playing occasional gigs at honky tonks in Georgia and Alabama and developing his song-writing.
In 1966, Razzy Bailey took his material to Bill Lowery at Atlantic Records, who arranged for him to record '9,999,999 Tears', which was backed by a studio band featuring Billy Joe Royal, Joe South (Wednesday 28 February 1940 - Wednesday 5 September 2012) and Freddy Weller. The song failed to hit the charts at that time, but Razzy Bailey was encouraged, forming the pop trio Daily Bread which saw the release of a pair of albums on small labels.
In the mid 1970s, Dickey Lee recorded '9,999,999 tears' which reached No.3 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1976; the song also became a Top 10 pop hit the same year.
Mel Street (Saturday 21 October 1933 - Saturday 21 October 1978) recorded Razzy Bailey's 'Now She's Anybody's Song' (co-written with Mel Street) and included the track on 'Two Way Street' (GRT Records, 1974).
In 1977, Dickey Lee repeated this success with another Razzy Bailey tune, 'Peanut Butter', which also went into the charts.
As his song-writing talents became known, Razzy Bailey signed with RCA Records where he worked with producer Bob Montgomery and in 1978 began releasing singles of his own songs.
Razzy Bailey's first hit as a singer-songwriter was 'What Time Do You Have To Be Back In Heaven?' which reached No.9 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1978; the track was included on 'If Love Had A Face' (RCA Records, 1979).
Razzy Bailey's self-titled album, 'Razzy Bailey' (RCA Records, 1980), produced his first Billboard No.1 country hit; 'Loving Up A Storm' was No.1 for one week in October 1980.
Razzy Bailey achieved three double-sided No.1s in succession on the Billboard country music singles charts, namely 'I Keep Coming Back/True Life Country Music' (No.1 for one week in February 1981), 'Friends/Anywhere There's A Jukebox' (No.1 for one week in June 1981) and 'Midnight Hauler/Scratch My Back (And Whisper In My Ear)' (No.1 for one week in October 1981.
Razzy Bailey became the first artist to take a trio of back-to-back hits to No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart since Buck Owens (Monday 12 August 1929 - Saturday 25 March 2006) achieved that feat in 1965/1966.
Razzy Bailey's fifth and final No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart was 'She Left Love All Over Me', which was No.1 for one week in March/April 1982; the track was included on 'Feelin' 'Alright' (RCA Records, 1982).