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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 by The Gene Watson Fan Site, 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 Fred Koller, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 31 December 2007.

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



Fred Koller
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 31 December 2007.

'Gene's recording of my song 'This Dream's on Me' is still one of my favourite records of all time.



I am extremely proud to have had the pleasure of hearing him sing my humble song.  His classic voice is instantly recognisable and always makes me turn up the radio.

Nashville needs more artists of his calibre; a true country legend'.

Thank you, Fred Koller, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Fred Koller...



Fred Koller, who is a native of Chicago, has been a professional songwriter since 1973 following his move to Nashville.  Fred Koller has also taught the art of writing music in classrooms and at seminars, as well as through the publication of his book 'How to Pitch & Promote Your Songs'.

In addition to his extraordinary songwriting work, Fred Koller has released a number of solo albums, including the following:

 'Night of the Living Fred' (Alcazar Records, 1989)
• 'Songs from the Night Before' (Alcazar Records, 1989)
• 'Where the Fast Lane Ends' (Alcazar Records, 1990)
• 'In Their Own Words' (Razor & Tie Records, 1994)
• 'Sweet Baby Fred' (Appaloosa Records, 1998)
• 'No Song Left to Sell' (Gadfly Records, 2001) / this album featured songs Fred Koller had written with his song-writing friend, the legendary Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 - Saturday 8 / Sunday 9 May 1999)
• '12 Original Songs Live at Norm's River Road House' (Lucrative Music, 2012)

Fred Koller's song-writing contribution to the country music genre is quite outstanding and includes the following songs:



Chris LeDoux (Saturday 2 October 1948 - Wednesday 9 March 2005) recorded Fred Koller's 'True Western Movie' (co-written with Charlie Williams) and included the track on 'Songs of Rodeo & Country' (Lucky Man Records, 1974).



Chris LeDoux (Saturday 2 October 1948 - Wednesday 9 March 2005) recorded Fred Koller's 'Painted Ladies' and included the track on 'Rodeo & Living Free' (Lucky Man Records, 1975).



Bobby Bare recorded Fred Koller's 'Pretty Painted Ladies' and included the track on 'Cowboys & Daddies' (RCA Records, 1975).



Stoney Edwards (Tuesday 24 December 1929 - Saturday 5 April 1997) recorded Fred Koller's 'Summer Melody' and included the track on 'Mississippi, You're on My Mind' (Capitol Records, 1975).



Bobby Bare recorded Fred Koller's 'Yes Mr. Rogers', which was co-written with Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 - Saturday 8 / Sunday 9 May 1999), and included the track on 'Winner & Other Losers' (RCA Records, 1976).



Mac Davis recorded Fred Koller's 'Jennifer Johnson & Me', which was co-written with Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 - Saturday 8 / Sunday 9 May 1999), and included the track on 'Thunder in Afternoon' (Columbia Records, 1977).



Bobby Bare recorded Fred Koller's 'This Guitar is For Sale', which was co-written with Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 - Saturday 8 / Sunday 9 May 1999), and included the track on 'Bare' (Columbia Records, 1978).



In 1978, Tex Williams (Thursday 23 August 1917 - Friday 11 October 1985) recorded Fred Koller's 'Make It Pretty For Me'; the track was a non-album single, which did not chart on the Billboard country music singles chart.



Bobby Bare recorded Fred Koller's 'Rock Star's Lament', which was co-written with Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 - Saturday 8 / Sunday 9 May 1999), and included the track on 'Down & Dirty' (Columbia Records, 1980).



In 1981, Jim Rushing recorded Fred Koller's 'I've Loved Enough to Know' (co-written with Jim Rushing); the track was released as a single on Ovation Records and reached No.56 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1981.



The Kendalls - Royce Kendall (Wednesday 25 September 1935 - Friday 22 May 1998) & Jeannie Kendall - recorded Fred Koller's 'Summer Melodies' and included the track on 'Lettin' You In' (Mercury Records, 1981).



David Allan Coe recorded Fred Koller's 'Juanita' and included the track on 'Tennessee Whiskey' (Columbia Records, 1981).



Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 - Sunday 11 January 2004) recorded Fred Koller's 'Lady Jane' (co-written with Max D. Barnes) and included the track on 'Pieces of My Life' (Country Roads Records, 1981).



In 1982, Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989) recorded Fred Koller's 'I Don't Know You Well Enough to Say Goodbye' (co-written with Kix Brooks); the track was subsequently included on 'Sad Songs & Waltzes' (Rounder Records, 1990).



Gene Watson recorded Fred Koller's 'This Dream's on Me' and included the track on 'This Dream's on Me' (MCA Records, 1982); the track reached No.8 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1982.



Paul Overstreet recorded Fred Koller's 'Jennifer Johnson & Me', which was co-written with Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 - Saturday 8 / Sunday 9 May 1999), and included the track on 'Paul Overstreet' (RCA Records, 1982).



Loretta Lynn recorded Fred Koller's 'Walking With My Memories' (co-written with Mike Pace) and included the track on 'Lyin' Cheatin' Woman Chasin' Honky Tonkin' Whiskey Drinkin' You' (MCA Records, 1983).



Bobby Bare recorded Fred Koller's 'Jennifer Johnson & Me', which was co-written with Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 - Saturday 8 / Sunday 9 May 1999), and included the track on 'Drinkin' From The Bottle' (Columbia Records, 1983).



Vern Gosdin (Sunday 5 August 1934 - Tuesday 28 April 2009) recorded Fred Koller's 'Ain't It Been Love' and included the track on 'Today My World Slipped Away' (Ami Records, 1983).

Vern Gosdin (Sunday 5 August 1934 - Tuesday 28 April 2009) recorded Fred Koller's 'She's Just a Place to Fall' and included the track on 'Today My World Slipped Away' (Ami Records, 1983).



Jerry Lee Lewis recorded Fred Koller's 'Circumstantial Evidence' and included the track on 'My Fingers Do The Talkin' (MCA Records, 1983).



Lacy J Dalton recorded Fred Koller's 'Windin' Down' and included the track on 'Dream Baby' (Columbia Records, 1983); the track reached No.54 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1983.



Pam Tillis recorded Fred Koller's 'Never be the Same' and included the track on 'Above & Beyond The Doll of Cutey' (Warner Bros. Records, 1983).



In 1983, Bobby Bare & Lacy J Dalton recorded Fred Koller's 'Caught in the Spotlight' (co-written with L. Anderson); the track, which was the 'B-side' of 'It's a Dirty Job' (written by Don Cook and Rafe Van Hoy) (No.30, 1983), was subsequently included on Bobby Bare's 'Bare Tracks: The Columbia Years' (Koch Records, 1999).



Michael Martin Murphey recorded Fred Koller's 'Will it be Love by Morning' (co-written with Lewis Anderson) and included the track on 'The Heart Never Lies' (Liberty Records, 1983); the track reached No.7 on the Billboard country music singles chart in early 1984.



In 1984, Lorrie Morgan recorded Fred Koller's 'If You Came Back Tonight'; the track, which was a non-album single, did not chart on the Billboard country music singles chart.

 

Gene Watson recorded Fred Koller's 'I Want My Rib Back', which was co-written with Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989), and included the track on 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985).

On Monday 9 May 2011, England's Hux Records released 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985), as a special 2-for-1 CD set, along with 'Starting New Memories' (Epic Records, 1986), in the United Kingdom and Ireland; the CD set was released worldwide on Tuesday 17 May 2011.



Nanci Griffith recorded Fred Koller's 'Goin' Gone' (co-written with Pat Alger and Bill Dale) and included the track on 'Last of The True Believers' (Philo Records, 1985).



Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989) recorded Fred Koller's 'I Get The Picture' (co-written with Don Cook) and included the track on 'Miami My Amy' (RCA Records, 1985).



Lacy J Dalton recorded Fred Koller's 'Boomtown' and included the track on 'Highway Diner' (Columbia Records, 1986).



Gail Davies recorded Fred Koller's 'Heart to Heart' and included the track on 'Wild Choir' (RCA Victor Records, 1986).



Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993) recorded Fred Koller's 'Jennifer Johnson & Me', which was co-written with Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 - Saturday 8 / Sunday 9 May 1999), and included the track on 'Fallin' For You For Years' (Warner Bros. Records, 1986).



John Prine recorded Fred Koller's 'Let's Talk Dirty in Hawaiian' and included the track on 'German Afternoons' (Oh Boy Records, 1986); the track was released as a single in 1987.



The Oak Ridge Boys recorded Fred Koller's 'Where The Fast Lane Ends' (co-written with Sonny Throckmorton) and included the track on 'Where The Fast Lane Ends' (MCA Records, 1987).



Nanci Griffith recorded Fred Koller's 'Lone Star State of Mind' (co-written with Pat Alger and Gene Levine) and included the track on 'Lone Star State of Mind' (MCA Records, 1987); the track reached No.36 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1987.



Kathy Mattea recorded Fred Koller's 'Life as We Knew It' (co-written with Walter Carter) and included the track on 'Untasted Honey' (Mercury Records, 1987); the track reached No.4 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1987.



Kathy Mattea recorded Fred Koller's 'Goin' Gone' (co-written with Pat Alger and Bill Dale) and included the track on 'Untasted Honey' (Mercury Records, 1987); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in January / February 1988.



On Tuesday 15 November 1988, Robert Earl Keen saw the release of 'The Live Album' (Sugar Hill Records, 1988), which was produced by Jim Rooney and was recorded 'live' at Sons of Hermann Hall in Dallas, Texas; one of the included tracks was Fred Koller's 'I Wanna Know' (co-written with Robert Earl Keen).



New Grass Revival recorded Fred Koller's 'Angel Eyes' (co-written with John Hiatt) and included the track on 'Friday Night in America' (Capitol Records, 1989).



In 1989, Fred Koller saw the release of 'Night of the Living Fred' (Alcazar Records, 1989), which included the following tracks:

'I Know How the Dinosaurs Felt'
'Jennifer Johnson & Me', which was written by Fred Koller and Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 - Saturday 8 / Sunday 9 May 1999)
'Roundin' Third & Heading Home'
'All You Ever Wrote'
'Juanita'
'The White Bread Blues'
'The Coast is Clear'
'Shop Shop'
'Doublewide Trailer'
'The Dreams on Me'
'Goodnight Little Houseplant'



Robert Earl Keen recorded Fred Koller's 'Jennifer Johnson & Me', which was co-written with Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 - Saturday 8 / Sunday 9 May 1999), and included the track on 'West Textures' (Sugar Hill Records, 1989).



In 1989, Fred Koller saw the release of 'Songs from The Night Before' (Alcazar Records, 1989), which included the following tracks:

'Boom Town' (written by Walter Carter and Fred Koller)
'Life as We Knew It' (written by Walter Carter and Fred Koller)
'This Town' (written by Pat Alger and Fred Koller)
'Heart to Heart' (written by John Hiatt and Fred Koller)
'The Auctioneer' (written by Fred Koller and Robb Strandlund)
'This Guitar is for Sale', which was written by Fred Koller and Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 - Saturday 8 / Sunday 9 May 1999)
'The Hell We Created' (written by Fred Koller and Tad Richards)
'Dentist Blues' (written by Fred Koller)
'King & I' (written by John Gorka and Fred Koller)
'Let's Talk Dirty' (written by Fred Koller and John Prine)
'Show Bizness' (written by Lamar Hill and Fred Koller)
'Little Green Buttons', which was written by Fred Koller and Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 - Saturday 8 / Sunday 9 May 1999)



Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989) recorded Fred Koller's 'I Don't Know You Well Enough to Say Goodbye' (co-written with Kix Brooks) in 1982; the track was subsequently included on 'Sad Songs & Waltzes' (Rounder Records, 1990).



Rhonda Vincent recorded Fred Koller's 'Lone Star State of Mind' (co-written with Pat Alger and Gene Levine) and included the track on 'A Dream Come True' (Rebel Records, 1990).



Rhonda Vincent recorded Fred Koller's 'Goin' Gone' (co-written with Pat Alger and Bill Dale) and included the track on 'A Dream Come True' (Rebel Records, 1990).



In 1990, Fred Koller saw the release of 'Where The Fast Lane Ends' (Alcazar Records, 1990), which included the following tracks:

'I Got Your Number' (written by Al Anderson, John Hiatt and Fred Koller)
'Goin' Gone' (written by Pat Alger, Bill Dale and Fred Koller)
'Something 'bout a Train' (written by Fred Koller and Charles John Quarto)
'Where the Fast Lane Ends' (written by Fred Koller and Sonny Throckmorton)
'Caught in the Spotlight' (written by Lewis Anderson and Fred Koller)
'Sand in My Shoes' (written by Pat Alger, Richard Kane and Fred Koller)
'On a Night Like This' (written by Fred Koller)
'Patio Lights' (written by Gayle Abstion and Fred Koller)
'Lone Star State of Mind' (written by Pat Alger, Fred Koller and Gene Levine)
'Friday Night Guitar' (written by Fred Koller and Charles John Quarto)



Laurie Lewis & Grant Street recorded Fred Koller's 'New Day' (co-written with Si Khan) and included the track on 'Singin' My Troubles Away' (Flying Fish Records, 1990).



Pat Alger recorded Fred Koller's 'Lone Star State of Mind' (co-written with Pat Alger and Gene Levine) and included the track on 'Love & Other Short Stories' (Sugar Hill Records, 1991).



Pat Alger recorded Fred Koller's 'Goin' Gone' (co-written with Pat Alger and Bill Dale) and included the track on 'Love & Other Short Stories' (Sugar Hill Records, 1991).



Pat Alger recorded Fred Koller's 'This Town' (co-written with Pat Alger) and included the track on 'Love & Other Short Stories' (Sugar Hill Records, 1991).



Pat Alger recorded Fred Koller's 'Love Can Be a Dangerous Thing' (co-written with Pat Alger) and included the track on 'Love & Other Short Stories' (Sugar Hill Records, 1991).



Pat Alger recorded Fred Koller's 'She Came from Fort Worth' (co-written with Pat Alger) and included the track on 'Love & Other Short Stories' (Sugar Hill Records, 1991).



On Tuesday 10 September 1991, RCA Records released Keith Whitley's 'Kentucky Bluebird' (RCA Records, 1991); there were three new tracks included, one of which was Fred Koller's 'I Want My Rib Back', which was co-written with Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989).

'I Want My Rib Back' was produced by Fred Koller and Keith Whitley, with additional recording produced by Garth Fundis.



Peter Rowan recorded Fred Koller's 'Wheel of Fortune' (co-written with Peter Rowan) and included the track on 'All on a Rising Day' (Sugar Hill Records, 1991).



Don Williams recorded Fred Koller's 'Lone Star State of Mind' (co-written with Pat Alger and Gene Levine) and included the track on 'Currents' (RCA Records, 1992).



Hal Ketchum recorded Fred Koller's 'Til The Coast is Clear' (co-written with Hal Ketchum) and included the track on 'Sure Love' (Curb Records, 1992).



Kenny Chesney recorded Fred Koller's 'I Want My Rib Back', which was co-written with Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989), and included the track on 'In My Wildest Dreams' (Capricorn Records, 1994).



Nanci Griffith recorded Fred Koller's 'On Grafton Street' (co-written with Nanci Griffith) and included the track on 'Flyer' (Elektra Records, 1994).



Frances Black recorded Fred Koller's 'On Grafton Street' (co-written with Nanci Griffith) and included the track on 'Talk to Me' (Dara Records, 1994).



Ray Benson & Asleep at The Wheel recorded Fred Koller's 'In My Dreams' (co-written with Al Anderson) and included the track on 'The Wheel Keeps on Rollin' (Capitol Records, 1995).



Tim O'Brien recorded Fred Koller's 'Rock in My Shoe' (co-written with Tim O'Brien) and included the track on 'Rock in My Shoe' (Sugar Hill Records, 1995).



Tim O'Brien recorded Fred Koller's 'Melancholy Moon (not)' (co-writtenn with Tim O'Brien) and included the track on 'Rock in My Shoe' (Sugar Hill Records, 1995).

  

Charlie Sizemore Band recorded Fred Koller's 'I Want My Rib Back', which was co-written with Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989), and included the track on 'In My View' (Rebel Records, 1996).

Charlie Sizemore learned Fred Koller's 'I Want My Rib Back', which was co-written with Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989), from having heard the track on Gene Watson's 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985).

On Monday 9 May 2011, England's Hux Records released 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985), as a special 2-for-1 CD set, along with 'Starting New Memories' (Epic Records, 1986), in the United Kingdom and Ireland; the CD set was released worldwide on Tuesday 17 May 2011.



On Tuesday 19 March 1996, Robert Earl Keen saw the release of 'No.2 LIVE Dinner' (Sugar Hill Records, 1996), the first fourteen tracks of which were recorded at Floores Country Store in Helotes, Texas on Saturday 12 August 1995; two of the included tracks were Fred Koller's 'I'm Going to Town' (co-written with Robert Earl Keen) and Fred Koller's 'When The Bluebonnets Bloom' (co-written with Robert Earl Keen).



The New Coon Creek Girls, featuring Dale Ann Bradley, recorded Fred Koller's 'Sassafrass' (co-written with Si Kahn) and included the track on 'Our Point of View' (Pinecastle Records, 1998).



In February 1998, Fred Koller saw the release of 'Sweet Baby Fred' (Appaloosa Records, 1998), which included the following tracks:

'Is it Love' (written by Pamela Brown Hayes and Fred Koller)
'Smooth Slow & Easy' (written by Fontaine Brown and Fred Koller)
'Count the Days' (written by Don Dixon and Fred Koller)
'Beyond the Blues' (written by Lacy J Dalton and Fred Koller)
'Everybody's Baby' (written by Fred Koller and Greg Trooper)
'Black Eyed Susan' (written by Fred Koller and Paul Overstreet)
'Mean People' (written by Larry Crane and Fred Koller)
'The Man Who Would Be King' (written by Don Dixon and Fred Koller)
'All I Can Do (is do the best that I can)' (written by Pamela Brown Hayes and Fred Koller)
'If I Ever Get to Memphis' (written by Don Dixon and Fred Koller)
'Bachelor Girl' (written by Michael Bonagura Junior and Fred Koller)
'Borrowed Dreams' (written by David Hammond and Fred Koller)
'When It's Gone, It's Gone' (written by Fred Koller and Tom Paxton)
'Painter of Reality' (written by Fred Koller and Tad Richards)



The Woodys (Michael & Dyann Woody) recorded Fred Koller's 'Habits of the Heart' (co-written with Michael Woody) and included the track on 'The Woodys' (Rounder Records, 1998).



Hal Ketchum recorded Fred Koller's 'You Love Me, Love Me Not' (co-written with Tim O'Brien) and included the track on 'I Saw The Light' (Curb Records, 1998).



Gina Jeffreys recorded Fred Koller's 'Fool Like That' (co-written with Gina Jeffreys, Garth Porter and Rod McCormack) and included the track on 'Somebody's Daughter' (ABC Music Records, 1998).

Hal Ketchum recorded Fred Koller's 'You Love Me, Love Me Not' (co-written with Tim O'Brien) and included the track on 'Awaiting Redemption' (Curb Records, 1999).



Claire Lynch recorded Fred Koller's 'Missionary Ridge' (co-written with Pierce Pettis) and included the track on 'Love Light' (Rounder Records, 2000).



On Tuesday 12 June 2001, Fred Koller saw the release of 'No Song Left to Sell' (Gadfly Records, 2001), which included the following tracks, all of which were written by Fred Koller and Shel Silverstein (Thursday 25 September 1930 - Saturday 8 / Sunday 9 May 1999):

'Jennifer Johnson & Me'
'Honey Always'
'Sweet & Simple Things'
'Lovely Margarita'
'Happy Caucasion'
'Bluesman'
'Goodnight Little Houseplant'
'Little Green Buttons'
'Make It Pretty'
'This Guitar is for Sale'
'Don't Knock the Music'
'No Song Left to Sell'
'Whiplash Will'
'Remember My Song'



Barry & Holly Tashian recorded Fred Koller's 'A Man's Best Friend is His Automobile' (co-written with Barry Tashian) and included the track on 'At Home' (Copper Creek Records, 2002).



John Cowan recorded Fred Koller's 'Monroe's Mule' (co-written with John Cowan and John Keller) and included the track on 'Always Take Me Back' (Sugar Hill Records, 2002).



Liz Talley recorded Fred Koller's 'You Can't Take The Texas out of Me' (co-written with Lacy J Dalton and J. Toomey) and included the track on 'More Than Satisfied' (Diamond Music Group, 2009).



John Cowan recorded Fred Koller's 'Wichita Way' (co-written with John Cowan) and included the track on '8745 Feet: Live at Telluride' (E1 Entertainment / Koch Records, 2009).



Bernie Heaney recorded Fred Koller's 'Lone Star State of Mind' (co-written with Pat Alger and Gene Levine) and included the track on 'Dare to Dream' (Bernie Heaney Self Release, 2014).

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