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 by The Gene Watson Fan Site, during 2006, 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 Norman Wade, which he submitted to this site on Saturday 9 September 2006.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Norman Wade who has made a special contribution to a unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Saturday 9 September 2006.
'Gene Watson will go down as one of the all-time greats; one of the best voices ever in country music'.
Thank you, Norman Wade, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Norman Wade...
Norman Wade was born in Columbus, Georgia on Saturday 2 March 1946.
Little is known of Norman Wade's early years, except that he developed an interest in country music as a child and was particularly attracted to the music of Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953).
As a teenager, Norman Wade spent his boyhood years between his birthplace in Columbus, Georgia and Marianna, Florida and often slipped into the honky tonks of both areas to sing his music before he was even sixteen years old.
In 1959, after learning guitar and singing in local clubs, Norman Wade relocated to Nashville.
Marty Robbins (Saturday 26 September 1925 - Wednesday 8 December 1982), who became Norman Wade's biggest influence, offered him a job that led to his working for Marty Robbins for the next fifteen years, including appearances with him on The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.
Marty Robbins (Saturday 26 September 1925 - Wednesday 8 December 1982) later played Dobro on some tracks on Norman Wade's 'Pure Country' (Ritason Records, 1985), which included the following tracks:
'Close Every Honky Tonk'
'Weakness in a Man'
'She was Only Fooling Around'
'One More Broken Heart'
'I Can't Leave The Honky Tonks Alone'
'If I was Half The Man'
'One More Bottle from The End'
'I'll Cry Tomorrow'
'A House without Love'
'May You Never be Alone like Me'
'I'm a Long Gone Daddy'
'Two Good Friends'
'If That Ain't Country'
'Another Place, Another Time'
'A Part of You'
'Ninety Proof Prison'
'Hide & Go Cheat'
Norman Wade first recorded in 1959, but it was in 1978 that he achieved minor success with 'Close Every Honky Tonk'.
The name Norman Wade appeared once on the Billboard country music singles chart, for two weeks in 1979, with a version of Hank Williams' 'I'm a Long Gone Daddy', which peaked at No.97.
Norman Wade has written many songs and excels at recording honky tonk tunes. Norman Wade has played The Grand Ole Opry in Nashville in his own right and, in 1984, he was honoured with lifetime membership of The Jimmie Rodgers Memorial Festival in Meridian, Mississippi.
Norman Wade remains active but, like Vernon Oxford, his ability to sing in the style of Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 - Thursday 1 January 1953) and his love for the down-home country sound of fiddle and steel guitar mean that he was probably born ten years too late to gain the proper acclaim his ability merits.
Norman Wade's album discography included the following releases:
'Real Country' (Jin Records, 1980), which was produced by Eddy Fox; some of the included tracks were the following:
'I'll be a Bachelor 'Til I Die'
'Hank Williams Blues', which was written by Frank Dycus (Tuesday 5 December 1939 - Friday 23 November 2012)
'A Sad Country Song' (written by Shirl Milete)
'I May Be Wrong, But You Look Right' (written by Jo-El Sonnier)
'From Nashville to You' (CMI Records, 1983)
'Back to the Country' (CMI Records, 1983)
'Wadin' Deep in the Country' (CMI Records, 1980s)
'Pure Country' (Ritason Records, 1985)
'Remember Country' (NCR, 1986)
'Tennessee Eyes' (Bob Grady Records, 1993)
'For a Minute There' (Associated Artists Records, 1997)
'Old Time Country Music' (Associated Artists Records, 2003)
In 2012, Norman Wade saw the release of 'Cold Hard Country' (ATM Records, 2012), which included the following tracks:
'Cajun Fiddling Joe'
'Hillbilly Singer in a Rock-a-Billy Band'
'Tomorrow You'll be Gone'
'How Strong is Love'
'All The World is Lonely Now'
'I Feel Another Heartbreak'
'The Arms of Someone Else'
'When God Comes & Gathers His Jewels'
• Visit Norman Wade's Official Site at normanwade.com