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Gene Watson Peer's Quote from Kent Westberry: October 2007



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 2007 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 Kent Westberry, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 9 October 2007.

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

Kent Westberry
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 9 October 2007.

'Gene Watson is probably one of country music's greatest singers; he's one of mine for sure.

And I'm so glad he recorded my song 'Love In The Hot Afternoon'.

Besides that, Gene is a nice guy'.

Thank you, Kent Westberry, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Kent Westberry...

Kent Westberry is a native of Miami, Florida where he was born on Tuesday 23 May 1939 and is a renowned songwriter, singer and entertainer.

While in high school, Kent formed his own band called The Chaperones and they recorded 'My Baby Don't Rock Me Now' for Art Records.

Following a move to Nashville in 1960, Mel Tillis was instrumental in getting Kent Westberry signed with a major publishing company.

Kent Westberry also worked in Carl Perkins' band, as a bass player, and for Tex Ritter (Thursday 12 January 1905 - Wednesday 2 January 1974) before forming his own band called The Memory Makers, a band named after the Mel Tillis hit 'Memory Maker', which Kent had co-written with Mel. Kent Westberry has also toured extensively around the US and other countries.

Skeeter Davis (Wednesday 30 December 1931 - Sunday 19 September 2004) and Porter Wagoner (Friday 12 August 1927 - Sunday 28 October 2007) recorded Kent Westberry's 'Sorrow's Tearing Down The House' (co-written with Mel Tillis) and included the track on 'Sing Duets' (RCA Records, 1962).

Little Jimmy Dickens recorded Kent Westberry's 'It's Me That Hurts The Most' and included the track on 'Out Behind The Barn' (Columbia Records, 1962).

Little Jimmy Dickens recorded Kent Westberry's 'Sorrow's Tearing Down The House' (co-written with Mel Tillis) and included the track on 'Handle With Care' (Columbia Records, 1965).

Little Jimmy Dickens recorded Kent Westberry's 'Handle With Care' (co-written with Little Jimmy Dickens) and included the track on 'Handle With Care' (Columbia Records, 1965).

Faron Young (Thursday 25 February 1932 - Tuesday 10 December 1996) recorded Kent Westberry's 'I Just Don't Know How To Say No' (co-written with Bill Irwin) and included the track on 'Unmitigated Gall' (Mercury Records, 1967).

Faron Young (Thursday 25 February 1932 - Tuesday 10 December 1996) recorded Kent Westberry's 'You Don't Treat Me Right' (co-written with Benny Joy) and included the track on 'Unmitigated Gall' (Mercury Records, 1967).

Porter Wagoner (Friday 12 August 1927 - Sunday 28 October 2007) and Dolly Parton recorded Kent Westbury's 'Sorrow's Tearing Down The House' (co-written with Mel Tillis) and included the track on 'Just Between You And Me' (RCA Records, 1968).

Charley Pride recorded Kent Westberry's 'If You'd Only Taken The Time' (co-written with Merv Shiner) and included the track on 'Just Plain Charley' (RCA Records, 1970).

Melba Montgomery recorded Kent Westberry's 'Closer She Gets' (co-written with Merv Shiner) and included the track on 'Don't Keep Me Lonely Too Long' (Capitol Records, 1970).

Faron Young (Thursday 25 February 1932 - Tuesday 10 December 1996) recorded Kent Westberry's 'I Don't Think I'd Believe You' (co-written with Hal Harbour) and included the track on 'Step Aside' (Mercury Records, 1971).

Kitty Wells (Saturday 30 August 1919 - Monday 16 July 2012) recorded Kent Westberry's 'I've Got Yesterday' (co-written with Merv Shiner) and included the track on 'I've Got Yesterday' (Decca Records, 1972).

Jerry Reed (Saturday 20 March 1937 - Sunday 31 August 2008) recorded Kent Westberry's 'I Just Don't Understand' (co-written with Marijohn Wilkin) and included the track on 'Hot A' Mighty' (RCA Records, 1972).

Jim Ed Brown recorded Kent Westberry's 'Love In The Hot Afternoon', which was co-written with Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 - Saturday 22 November 2003) and included the track on 'Evening' (RCA Records, 1972).

 Gene Watson: 'Love in the Hot Afternoon' (Capitol Records, 1975)

Gene Watson recorded Kent Westberry's 'Love In The Hot Afternoon', which was co-written with Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 - Saturday 22 November 2003) and included the cut as the title track of his debut album, 'Love in the Hot Afternoon' (Capitol Records, 1975); the track reached No.5 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1975.

Melba Montgomery recorded Kent Westberry's 'Goin' Quietly Crazy' (co-written with Melba Montgomery) and included the track on 'Do You Know Where Your Man Is' (Playback Records, 1992).

Gene Watson: 'In Other Words' (Broadland Records/Mercury Canada, 1992)

Gene Watson recorded Kent Westberry's 'Winds Of Change' (co-written with Buzz Cason) and included the track on 'In Other Words' (Broadland International Records/Mercury Canada, 1992).

Billy Keeble recorded Kent Westberry's 'The Blues Is A Good Woman Gone' (co-written with Curt Ryle) and included the track on 'Unchained Country' (Universal Sound Records, 1999).

Mark Chesnutt recorded Kent Westberry's 'Love In The Hot Afternoon', which was co-written with Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 - Saturday 22 November 2003) and included the track on 'Lost In The Feeling' (MCA Records, 2000).

Wanda Jackson recorded Kent Westberry's 'Funnel Of Love' (co-written with Charlie McCoy) on Monday 10 April 1961; the track was subsequently included on 'Heart Trouble' (CMH Records, 2003).

Jody Nix recorded Kent Westberry's 'She Won't Let Me Forget Her' (co-written with Snuffy Smith) and included the track on 'Twin Fiddles Turn Me On' (Hillside Records, 2011).

Kent Westberry is an accomplished and highly regarded songwriter and has written major hit songs, including 'Love In The Hot Afternoon', which was co-written with Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 - Saturday 22 November 2003) (recorded by Gene Watson) and 'I Just Don't Understand' (recorded by Ann Margret and The Beatles).

Kent Westberry's compositions, which total more than five hundred songs, have been recorded by a diversity of artists including Bob Wills, Faron Young (Thursday 25 February 1932 - Tuesday 10 December 1996), Little Jimmy Dickens, Dolly Parton, Porter Wagoner (Friday 12 August 1927 - Sunday 28 October 2007) and Hank Williams Junior.

At the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson 'Peer's Quote', in October 2007, Kent Westberry had moved to Lakeland in Florida and was looking forward to the release of a new album.

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