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Love in the Hot Afternoon

Gene Watson's 'Love In The Hot Afternoon' (Capitol Records, 1975)



'Love In The Hot Afternoon'
Capitol Records ST 11443 (1975)

Gene Watson's first major label album, 'Love in the Hot Afternoon' (Capitol Records, 1975), was released on the Capitol Records label in 1975.

'Love In The Hot Afternoon' (Capitol Records, 1975) discography information is presented on the Gene Watson Fan Site for educational purposes only and no infringement of copyright is intended.

About 'Love In The Hot Afternoon' (Capitol Records, 1975)...

Album Sleeve Notes
'Gene Watson is a home-grown Texan whose background is pure country, and whose future is simply Superstardom. He has played music 'ever since I can remember' and, like the Country greats before him, has juggled working days with nightly gigs in pursuit of that ‘star in the sky’.

A family man with a deep passion for life, he has solidified his sound on his home turf by working the road with Country greats The Wilburn Brothers, cutting discs for local labels, moving on to territorial stardom, emerging with several hit records in the Houston area and, finally, a regular gig at the Dynasty Club in that city.

His association with the people he has met along the way have repeatedly distinguished themselves in long lasting friendships and mutual respect. His initial road experience with The Wilburn Brothers (Doyle Wilburn: Monday 7 July 1930 - Saturday 16 October 1982 and Teddy Wilburn: Monday 30 November 1931 - Monday 24 November 2003) has never been forgotten by them.

And when he approached Russ Reeder, then General Manager of the Record Service Co. in Houston, in 1966, he began a lasting friendship and business relationship that has seen them through Gene’s recording debut in 1969 on Wide World Records, subsequent recordings on Reeder’s Resco label in 1972, and finally today in 1975 this fine album for Capitol Records.

After hearing 'Love In The Hot Afternoon' for the first time, I immediately recognised the talent that was there and wanted to have this gifted artist on Capitol. When Gene and Russ proved more than eager, the association was happily established, adding myself and the whole of the Capitol family to that list of friendships that have coloured Gene’s career.

This first album of Gene's on Capitol speaks for itself. It is one of the finest presentations I have heard in my years in the music business and, thankfully, it is only a beginning for Gene and his inevitable climb to Superstardom.

We at Capitol Records owe a debt of gratitude to radio stations KENR, KIKK and KNUS in Houston for their part in exposing the talents of Gene Watson, to Russ Reeder for his guidance and care in developing those talents and, of course, to Gene Watson himself, whose very talents we speak of. Welcome to Capitol Records, Gene Watson, a fine artist, showman and of course...a friend'.

Ed Keeley

National Country Field Manager
Capitol Records, Inc.'

'Love In The Hot Afternoon' (Capitol Records, 1975) was produced by Russ Reeder and Bob Webster; the Recording Engineer was Jim Williamson.

'Love In The Hot Afternoon'
Capitol Records ST 11443 (1975)

1 'Love In The Hot Afternoon'
Writers: Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 - Saturday 22 November 2003)
Publishers: Jack Music Inc. / BMI

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

Gene Watson re-recorded 'Love In The Hot Afternoon', which was written by Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 - Saturday 22 November 2003), and included the track on 'The Good Ole Days' (Step One Records, 1996).

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

Gene Watson: 'Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012)

Gene Watson re-recorded 'Love In The Hot Afternoon', which was written by Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 - Saturday 22 November 2003) and included the track on 'Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).

2 'Through The Eyes Of Love'
Writer: Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 - Thursday 8 August 2013)
Publishers: Jack Music Inc. / BMI

3 'Bad Water'
Writers: Jackie DeShannon and Holiday and Myers
Publishers: Unart Music Corporation / BMI

4 'Long Enough To Care'
Writer: Bobby Sykes
Publishers: Sidewalk Productions / BMI

5 'Harvest Time'
Writers: Bill Emerson, Lewis Moore and Carrol Dunham
Publishers: Golden Horn Music / ASCAP

The Lonesome River Band recorded 'Harvest Time' (written by Bill Emerson, Lewis Moore and Carrol Dunham) and included the track on 'Talkin' To Myself' (Sugar Hill Records, 2000).

6 'Where Love Begins'
Writer: Ray Griff
Publishers: Blue Echo Music / ASCAP

Gene Watson: 'Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012)

Gene Watson re-recorded 'Where Love Begins' (written by Ray Griff) and included the track on 'Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).

7 'This Just Ain't No Good Day For Leaving'
Writers: Dallas Frazier and Sanger D. 'Whitey' Shafer
Publishers: Acuff-Rose Publishing Inc. / BMI

Kenny Seratt recorded 'This Just Ain't No Good Day For Leaving' (written by Dallas Frazier and Sanger D. 'Whitey' Shafer) in 1973; the track, which was produced by Merle Haggard, was subsequently included on 'The Best Of Kenny Seratt, Volume 2' (Hillside Records, 2011).

8 'For The First Time'
Writer: Jessi Colter
Publishers: Baron Music Publishing Company / BMI

Jessi Colter recorded 'For The First Time' (written by Jessi Colter) and originally included the track on (her debut album) 'I'm Jessi Colter' (Capitol Records, 1975).

9 'You Could Know As Much About A Stranger'
Writer: Nadine Bryant
Publishers: Hotel Publishing Company / ASCAP

Billie Jo Spears (Friday 14 January 1938 - Wednesday 14 December 2011) recorded 'You Could Know As Much About A Stranger' (written by Nadine Bryant) and included the track on 'Standing Tall' (United Artists Records, 1980).

Gene Watson re-recorded 'You Could Know As Much About A Stranger' (written by Nadine Bryant) and included the track on 'Gene Watson: Then & Now' (Koch Records Nashville, 2005).

Gene Watson and Rhonda Vincent recorded 'You Could Know As Much About A Stranger' (written by Nadine Bryant) and included the track on 'Your Money and My Good Looks' (Upper Management Music, 2011); the album was officially released on Tuesday 7 June 2011.

10 'This Is My Year For Mexico'
Writer: Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 - Saturday 22 November 2003)
Publishers: Jack Music Inc. / BMI

Charley Pride recorded 'This Is My Year For Mexico', which was written by Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 - Saturday 22 November 2003), and included the track on '10th Album' (RCA Records, 1970).

Crystal Gayle recorded 'This Is My Year For Mexico', which was written by Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 - Saturday 22 November 2003), and included the track on 'Crystal Gayle' (United Artists Records, 1975).

On Tuesday 3 December 2002, Hux Records in England released 'Love In The Hot Afternoon' (Capitol Records, 1975), as a special 2-for-1 CD, along with 'Paper Rosie' (Capitol Records, 1978).

'Love In The Hot Afternoon'
Capitol Records ST 11443 (1975)

Musician Credits
Rhythm Guitar: Tommy Allsup, Leon Rhodes and Charlie McCoy
Lead Guitar: Jimmy Colbart, Pete Wade and Dale Sellers
Steel Guitar: Lloyd Green
Dobro: Lloyd Green
Harmonica: Charlie McCoy
Marimba: Charlie McCoy and Kenny Malone
Piano: Hargus 'Pig' Robbins
Fiddle: Buddy Spicher
Bass: Joe Allen, Henry Strzelecki and Leon Rhodes
Drums: Kenny Malone, Jimmy Isabel and Buddy Harman (Sunday 23 December 1928 - Thursday 21 August 2008)
Horn: Jerry Tuttle
Voices: The Nashville Edition

Gene Watson - Album Chart Positions



'Love In The Hot Afternoon'

(Capitol Records, 1975)
USA: No.5, 1975





'Because You Believed In Me'

(Capitol Records, 1976)
USA: No.24, 1976





'Paper Rosie'

(Capitol Records, 1977)
USA: No.22, 1977





'Beautiful Country'

(Capitol Records, 1977)
USA: No.32, 1977





'The Best of Gene Watson'

(Capitol Records, 1978)
USA: No.29, 1978
Canada: No.12, 1978





'Reflections'

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





'Should I Come Home'

(Capitol Records, 1979)
USA: No.16, 1979





'No One Will Ever Know'

(Capitol Records, 1980)
USA: No.45, 1980





'Between This Time And The Next Time'

(MCA Records, 1981)
USA: No.38, 1981





'Old Loves Never Die'

(MCA Records, 1981)
USA: No.57, 1981





'This Dream's On Me'

(MCA Records, 1982)
USA: No.27, 1982





'Sometimes I Get Lucky'

(MCA Records, 1983)
USA: No.16, 1983





'Little By Little'

(MCA Records, 1984)
USA: No.34, 1984





'Heartaches, Love And Stuff'

(MCA Records, 1984)
USA: No.21, 1984





'Memories To Burn'

(Epic Records, 1985)
USA: No.35, 1985





'Starting New Memories'

(Epic Records, 1986)
USA: No.49, 1986





'Honky Tonk Crazy'

(Epic Records, 1987)
USA: No.54, 1987





'Back In The Fire'

(Warner Bros. Records, 1988)
USA: No.42, 1988





'At Last'

(Warner Bros. Records, 1991)
USA: No.74, 1991





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