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Albums: 1969 - 2016

• Gene Watson
• Love in the Hot Afternoon
• Because You Believed in Me
• Paper Rosie
• Beautiful Country
• The Best of Gene Watson
• Reflections
• Should I Come Home
• No One Will Ever Know
• The Best of Gene Watson, Volume 2
• Between This Time and The Next Time
• Old Loves Never Die
• Greatest Hits - 1982
• This Dream's On Me
• Sometimes I Get Lucky
• Heartaches, Love & Stuff
• Little by Little
• Texas Saturday Night
• Memories To Burn
• Greatest Hits - 1985
• Starting New Memories
• Honky Tonk Crazy
• Back in the Fire
• Greatest Hits - 1990
• At Last
• In Other Words
• Uncharted Mind
• Best of Gene Watson
• The Good Ole Days
• Jesus is All I Need
• A Way to Survive
• Eighteen Greatest Hits
• From The Heart
• Ultimate Collection
• Love in the Hot Afternoon & Paper Rosie
• Gene Watson Sings
• The Gospel Side of Gene Watson
• Gene Watson: Then & Now
• Because You Believed in Me & Beautiful Country
• Love in the Hot Afternoon (compilation)
• Gene Watson: At His Best
• Gene Watson: Gospel At Its Best
• In a Perfect World
• 14 Carat Mind
• Matters of the Heart
• Reflections & Should I Come Home
• A Taste of the Truth
• 22 Golden Country Greats
• 16 Super Hits
• 40 Greatest Hits
• Memories to Burn & Starting New Memories
• Gene Watson & Rhonda Vincent: Your Money & My Good Looks
• Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits
• My Heroes Have Always Been Country
Best of The Capitol Years
Barrooms & Bedrooms: The Capitol & MCA Years
 Real.Country.Music
• Back in the Fire & At Last

Featured Album



'Real.Country.Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)
(Official release: Friday 26 February 2016)



'Back in the Fire'

Warner Bros. Records 1-25832 / 9 25832-2 (1988)

Gene Watson's 'Back in the Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988) was released by Warner Bros. Records in January 1989.

Gene Watson's 'Back in the Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988) discography information is presented on the Gene Watson Fan Site for educational purposes only and no infringement of copyright is intended.

About Gene Watson's 'Back in the Fire'...

Album Sleeve Notes
FROM GENE
'Very special thanks to Lib Hatcher for all her concern and encouragement. Without her my career would have probably ended. She gave me a new 'beginning'. I can't begin to thank her enough for everything.



Thanks to: Randy Travis (for remaining a friend for twelve years and for giving me my favourite song: 'The Great Divide'), Martha Sharp (for signing me to Warner Bros.), Gregg Brown (for taking time out of his busy schedule and working with me for days on end, selecting and reviewing my music), and to Paul Worley and Nick Hunter and the entire staff at Warner Bros. Records (for being so warm and enthusiastic).

It's the first time in my career that I've had people care so much. This is a brand new start and career for Gene Watson'.

Special Thanks from Paul Worley to Fred Cameron for 'Hot Rod Mics'.



Overview
'Following the release of three Gene Watson albums on Epic Records, 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985), 'Starting New Memories' (Epic Records, 1986) and 'Honky Tonk Crazy' (Epic Records, 1987), the label began to devote their resources toward ‘younger’ artists.

As a result, Gene Watson didn’t seem to quite 'fit' the record label image. After a three-year absence from the Top 10, Gene’s disillusionment with his career grew and he seriously considered retirement.

It was during his heavy touring schedule with his Farewell Party Band that he began playing dates with a new, young artist called Randy Travis.

It was Randy Travis' (then) manager, Lib Hatcher, who convinced Gene to stay in the business.  Lib Hatcher began managing Gene (he signed a personal management / booking contract with her) and secured a recording contract for him with Warner Bros. Records.

Gene Watson's 'Back in the Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988), Gene Watson’s debut album for Warner Bros. Records, was released in the latter part of 1988.

The debut single from the album, 'Don't Waste it on the Blues' (written by Sandy Ramos and Jerry Vandiver), climbed to No.5 on the Billboard country music singles chart, while three further singles were also released; 'Back in the Fire' (written by Rory Bourke and Mike Reid) (No.20, 1988), 'The Jukebox Played Along’ (written by Ken Bell and Charles Quillen) (No.25, 1988) and 'The Great Divide' (written by John Lindley and Randy Travis) (No.41, 1988)'.

Gene Watson's 'Back in the Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988) was produced by Paul Worley, Ed Seay and Gregg Brown.  The Production Assistant was Sharon Eaves (1961 - Friday 25 September 2015).

Gene Watson's 'Back in the Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988) was recorded and mixed by Ed Seay with assistance from Mike Poole, Clarke Schleicher and Gary Paczosa.  Additional Engineering was undertaken by Clarke Schleicher.

Gene Watson's 'Back in the Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988) was recorded at Treasure Isle Recorders, with overdubs undertaken at The Money Pit.

Gene Watson's 'Back in the Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988) was mixed at Nightingale Studio and was recorded and mixed using Monster Cable; the album was mastered at Georgetown (Masters by Denny Purcell).

Gene Watson's 'Back in the Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988) reached No.42 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1989.

'Back in the Fire'
Warner Bros. Records 9 25832-2 (1988)

1 'Don't Waste it on the Blues'
Writers: Sandy Ramos and Jerry Vandiver
Publishers: Wrensong Publishing Corp. / Miller's Daughter Music Corp. / Love This Town Music ASCAP



Gene Watson re-recorded 'Don't Waste it on the Blues' (written by Sandy Ramos and Jerry Vandiver) and included the track on 'Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).

Gene Watson recorded 'I Picked a San Antone Rose', which was written by James Dean Hicks and Bobby Paul Barker (Sunday 19 November 1944 - Friday 20 November 2015), and included the track as the 'B' side of 'Don't Waste it on the Blues' 45rpm vinyl single, which was released on Warner Bros. Records (catalogue number 27692) in 1989.

However, Gene Watson's version of 'I Picked a San Antone Rose', which was written by James Dean Hicks and Bobby Paul Barker (Sunday 19 November 1944 - Friday 20 November 2015), was not included on 'Back In The Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988).



Keith Palmer (Sunday 23 June 1957 - Thursday 13 June 1996) recorded 'I Picked a San Antone Rose', which was written by James Dean Hicks and Bobby Paul Barker (Sunday 19 November 1944 - Friday 20 November 2015), and included the track on 'Keith Palmer' (Epic Records, 1991).



Check out Marlene Slater's website, MKOC (My Kind of Country), where she has an online celebration of Keith Palmer.  Marlene Slater's MKOC (My Kind of Country) also includes a celebration of Gene Watson here and here.



Hank Thompson
 (Thursday 3 September 1925 - Tuesday 6 November 2007) recorded James Dean Hicks' 'I Picked a San Antonio Rose', which was co-written with Bobby Paul Barker (Sunday 19 November 1944 - Friday 20 November 2015), and included the track on 'Hank Thompson & Friends' (Curb Records, 1997); the track featured guest vocals from Bekka Bramlett.

2 'Dreams of a Dreamer'
Writer: David Hugh 'Jug' Brown (Tuesday 28 July 1936 - Tuesday 7 May 2013)
Publishers: Mull-Ti-Hit Music Company BMI



Darrell McCall & The Tennessee Volunteers recorded 'Dreams of a Dreamer', which was written by David Hugh 'Jug' Brown (Tuesday 28 July 1936 - Tuesday 7 May 2013), and included the track on 'Reunion' (BGM Records, 1986).

3 'Somewhere Over You'
Writers: Gene Watson, Dave Lindsey and Jim Rushing
Publishers: Hall-Clement Publications / Booth and Watson Music BMI / Jack and Bill Music Co. / Little Will Music / Amanda-Lin Music (c/o The Welk Music Group) ASCAP

Gene Watson's 'Back in the Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988) is unique in that it is the only album which features a song which Gene Watson had a hand in writing; 'Somewhere Over You' was co-written by Gene, along with Jim Rushing and Dave Lindsey.

4 'Back in the Fire'
Writers: Rory Bourke and Mike Reid
Publishers: Jack & Bill Music Company / Songs De Burgo (c/o The Welk Music Group) / Lodge Hall Music Inc. ASCAP



Mike Reid recorded 'Back in the Fire' (written by Rory Bourke and Mike Reid) and included the track on 'Twilight Town' (Columbia Records, 1992).



Gene Watson re-recorded 'Back in the Fire' (written by Rory Bourke and Mike Reid) and included the track on 'Gene Watson: Then & Now' (Koch Records Nashville, 2005).



Gene Watson re-recorded 'Back in the Fire' (written by Rory Bourke and Mike Reid) and included the track on 'Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).

5 'Ain't No Fun to be Alone in San Antone'
Writers: Buddy Cannon and Luke Reed
Publishers: Buddy Cannon Music / Polygram Music Publishing Inc. ASCAP / Polygram Songs Inc. BMI

6 'The Great Divide'
Writers: John Lindley and Randy Travis
Publishers: Tennessee Hills Music BMI / Three Story Music ASCAP

7 'Just How Little I Know'
Writers: Wayland Patton and Jim Rushing
Publishers: Jack and Bill Music Co. / Amanda-Lin Music (c/o The Welk Music Group) ASCAP

8 'She Found The Key'
Writers: Lefty Frizzell (Saturday 31 March 1928 - Saturday 19 July 1975) and Sanger D. 'Whitey' Shafer
Publishers: Acuff-Rose Music Inc. BMI

 

Lefty Frizzell (Saturday 31 March 1928 - Saturday 19 July 1975) recorded 'She Found The Key' (written by Lefty Frizzell and Sanger D. 'Whitey' Shafer) and included the track on 'The Classic Style of Lefty Frizzell' (ABC Records, 1975); the track was subsequently included on Lefty Frizzell's 'The ABC Collection' (ABC Records, 1977).

9 'The Jukebox Played Along'
Writers: Ken Bell and Charles Quillen
Publishers: Next o Ken Music / Ensign Music Corporation BMI / BMG Songs Inc. ASCAP



Gene Watson re-recorded 'The Jukebox Played Along' (written by Ken Bell and Charles Quillen) and included the track on 'Gene Watson: Then & Now' (Koch Records Nashville, 2005).

10 'When a Fool Learns'
Writers: Steve Clark and Rick Peoples
Publishers: Intersong U.S.A. Inc. / Hide-A-Bone Music / Chappell and Company Inc. ASCAP



• Read a Country Music People Review of Gene Watson's 'Back in the Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988)

The review, which was written by Craig Baguley, was published in the March 1989 issue of the United Kingdom monthly publication Country Music People.

'Back in The Fire'
Warner Bros. Records 9 25832-2 (1988)

Musician Credits
Drums: Eddie Bayers and Steve Turner
Bass: Mike Brignardello
Electric Guitar: Steve Gibson, John Jorgenson, Paul Worley and Gregg Brown
Acoustic Guitar: Larry Byrom, Paul Worley, Jimmy Capps and Pete Wade
Piano: Dennis Burnside, Barry Beckett and Michael Rojas
Fiddle: Mark O'Connor
Steel: Sonny Garrish

Gene Watson: 'Back in the Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988) Gene Watson: 'At Last' (Warner Bros. Records, 1991) Gene Watson: 'Back in the Fire & At Last' (Morello Records, 2016)

Gene Watson's 'Back in the Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988), along with 'At Last' (Warner Bros. Records, 1991), was released, by Morello Records, as a special '2-on-1' CD set (WMRLL 66), on Friday 11 November 2016.

Morello Records

This special CD brought together two pivotal albums from Gene Watson's brief, but extraordinary time, with Warner Bros. Records; 'Back in the Fire' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988) and 'At Last' (Warner Bros. Records, 1991).

Album Chart Positions



'Love In The Hot Afternoon'
(Capitol Records, 1975)
Billboard (USA): No.5, 1975




'Because You Believed In Me'
(Capitol Records, 1976)
Billboard (USA): No.24, 1976




'Paper Rosie'
(Capitol Records, 1977)
Billboard (USA): No.22, 1977




'Beautiful Country'
(Capitol Records, 1977)
Billboard (USA): No.32, 1977




'The Best of Gene Watson'
(Capitol Records, 1978)
Billboard (USA): No.29, 1978
Canada: No.12, 1978




'Reflections'
(Capitol Records, 1978)
Billboard (USA): No.23, 1978
Canada: No.14, 1978




'Should I Come Home'
(Capitol Records, 1979)
Billboard (USA): No.16, 1979




'No One Will Ever Know'
(Capitol Records, 1980)
Billboard (USA): No.45, 1980




'Between This Time & The Next Time'
(MCA Records, 1981)
Billboard (USA): No.38, 1981




'Old Loves Never Die'
(MCA Records, 1981)
Billboard (USA): No.57, 1981




'This Dream's On Me'
(MCA Records, 1982)
Billboard (USA): No.27, 1982




'Sometimes I Get Lucky'
(MCA Records, 1983)
Billboard (USA): No.16, 1983




'Little By Little'
(MCA Records, 1984)
Billboard (USA): No.34, 1984




'Heartaches, Love & Stuff'
(MCA Records, 1984)
Billboard (USA): No.21, 1984




'Memories To Burn'
(Epic Records, 1985)
Billboard (USA): No.35, 1985




'Starting New Memories'
(Epic Records, 1986)
Billboard (USA): No.49, 1986




'Honky Tonk Crazy'
(Epic Records, 1987)
Billboard (USA): No.54, 1987




'Back In The Fire'
(Warner Bros. Records, 1988)
Billboard (USA): No.42, 1988




'At Last'
(Warner Bros. Records, 1991)
Billboard (USA): No.74, 1991




'Your Money & My Good Looks'
(with Rhonda Vincent)
(Upper Management Music, 2011)
Billboard (USA): No.56, 2011




'Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012)
Billboard (USA): No.64, 2012




'My Heroes Have Always Been Country' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2014)
Billboard (USA): No.48, 2014




'Real.Country.Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)
Billboard (USA): No.

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