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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 gene-watson.com, that you have an opportunity to read a quote from Tommy Overstreet, which he submitted to this site on Wednesday 20 January 2010.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Tommy Overstreet who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Wednesday 20 January 2010.
'Gene Watson is a good friend and a great country artist'.
Thank you, Tommy Overstreet, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Tommy Overstreet...
Tommy Overstreet, who was born on Friday 10 September 1937 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma is a 'Nashville sound'-style country music artist whose popularity peaked in the 1970s.
Tommy, often known simply as 'T.O' by fans and radio disc jockeys, has achieved eleven Top Ten singles on the Billboard country music singles chart, along with five Top Five hits.
Tommy Overstreet grew up in both Houston, Texas and Abilene, Texas. He decided on a singing career when he was very young, influenced largely by Gene Austin, his uncle. Gene Austin was a singing star of the 1920s and 1930s.
Tommy Overstreet's musical career started when he was seventeen years old, singing on country and western star Slim Willet's television show in Abilene, Texas. In the late 1950s, Tommy Overstreet started a group called 'The Shadows'. They entertained at various venues throughout western Texas, including Air Force bases and movie theatres.
Tommy Overstreet first recorded at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis, New Mexico along with Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs. In 1960, Tommy recorded in New York City at Roulette Records, with Doc Severinsen on trumpet, Sam 'The Man' Taylor on saxophone and the Ray Charles Singers singing background vocals. But these recordings never saw the light of day.
In 1967, Tommy Overstreet was hired to manage Dot Records in Nashville. In 1971, he decided to pursue a recording career, quickly establishing himself as a country music hit-maker that very year with 'Gwen (Congratulations)', which peaked at No.5 on the Billboard country music singles chart; the track was included on 'Gwen, Congratulations' (Dot Records, 1971).
Tommy Overstreet's highest charting Billboard country music hit was 'Ann (Don't Go Running'), which was included on 'This Is Tommy Overstreet' (Dot Records, 1972); the song reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart and was written by Buzz Cason.
Tommy Overstreet's other Billboard Top 20 country music hit singles were 'I Don't Know You Anymore' (No.5, 1971), 'Heaven Is My Woman's Love' (No.3, 1972), 'Send Me No Roses' (No.7, 1973), 'I'll Never Break These Chains' (No.7, 1973), '(Jeannie Marie) You Were A Lady' (No.7, 1974), 'If I Miss You Again Tonight' (No.8, 1974), 'I'm A Believer' (No.9, 1975), 'That's When My Woman Begins' (No.6, 1976), 'If Love Was A Bottle Of Wine' (No.11, 1976), 'Don't Go City Girl On Me' (No.5, 1977), 'Yes, Ma'am' (No.12, 1978) and 'Fadin' In, Fadin' Out' (No.11, 1978).
As a songwriter, Tommy Overstreet has written over five hundred songs. He remains active as a concert performer and is still an occasional recording artist, including recording gospel and big band music. Tommy is extremely popular in Europe and has toured there many times.