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Exclusive PR / Publicity Representation of Gene Watson / Contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville

For exclusive PR / publicity representation of Gene Watson, contact Scott Adkins at Adkins Publicity in Nashville.

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 2013, 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 Billy Dean, which he submitted to this site on Thursday 7 February 2013.

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



Billy Dean
This quote was submitted on Thursday 7 February 2013.

'Hey Sean, I'm a Gene Watson fan for sure!  Here's a quote!

In the house I grew up in, Gene Watson was a part of our family soundtrack.

His music played as much of a role in our home as did the sofa.



When my Dad was in the 'dog house', according to Mom, he would sit on the front porch with his guitar and sing 'Farewell Party' until Mom let him back in the house.

Thanks Gene for continuing to choose great songs, and deliver them as only you know how'.

Thank you, Billy Dean, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Billy Dean...

Billy Dean was born William Harold 'Billy' Dean Junior on Monday 2 April 1962 in Quincy, Florida and first gained national attention after appearing on the television talent competition 'Star Search'.

Billy Dean's father, also known as Billy Dean, maintained a band called The Country Rock in his spare time and, by the time he was eight years old, Billy began playing in his father's band. Throughout high school, at Robert F. Munroe Day School, he continued to play music, both in his father's band and with other local musicians. Billy soon began touring in local clubs and sang Frank Sinatra's 'My Way' at his high school graduation.

Billy Dean was also a basketball player in high school and was offered a scholarship to East Central Community College in Decatur, Mississippi. He attended college for one year before dropping out in order to pursue his desired career in music. By the time he was twenty, in 1982, Billy Dean made the finals on the 'Wrangler Country Star Search', followed by a Male Vocalist win on the television competition 'Star Search' six years later, in 1988.

Billy Dean also worked as a demo singer and took acting lessons, appearing in television commercials for McDonald's, Chevrolet and Valvoline. By the end of the decade, he had signed to a publishing contract with EMI Music, as well as a recording contract with SBK Records, a subsidiary of Liberty Records.

On Tuesday 21 August 1990, Billy Dean saw the release of his debut album, 'Young Man' (Capitol Records, 1990).

Billy Dean made his Billboard country music singles chart debut in late 1990 with the single 'Only Here For A Little While', the first single released from his debut album, 'Young Man' (Capitol Records, 1990), which was released on Tuesday 21 August 1990.

'Only Here For A Little While' and its follow-up, 'Somewhere In My Broken Heart' (written by Billy Dean and Richard Leigh), which was previously recorded by Randy Travis on his 1989 album 'No Holdin' Back' (Warner Bros. Records, 1989) both reached No.3 on the Billboard country music singles chart.

'Somewhere In My Broken Heart' was also a minor hit on the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks Chart. Although the album did not produce any other singles, 'Young Man' (Capitol Records, 1990) was certified gold by the RIAA.

Billy Dean's 'Young Man' (Capitol Records, 1990) also included the following tracks:

'Young Man' (written by Billy Dean and Austin Gardner)
'How Can I Hold You' (written by Chris Waters, Tom Shapiro and Billy Dean)
'She's Taken' (written by Billy Dean and Tim Nichols)
'Tear The Wall Down' (written by Billy Dean and Bill Kenner)
'Brotherly Love' (written by Tim Nichols and Jimmy Stewart)

In 1987, Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989) and Earl Thomas Conley recorded 'Brotherly Love' as a duet, but it was not included on an album until it concurrently appeared on Keith Whitley's posthumous 1991 album 'Kentucky Bluebird' (RCA Records, 1991) and Earl Thomas Conley's 1991 album 'Yours Truly' (RCA Records, 1991).

Keith Whitley and Earl Thomas Conley's 'Brotherly Love', which was produced by Blake Mevis and James Stroud, was released on Monday 26 August 1991, charted for twenty weeks on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart, peaking at No.2 in 1991, holding the position for one week.

In 1992, Keith Whitley and Earl Thomas Conley's 'Brotherly Love' was nominated by the Country Music Association (CMA) for 'Vocal Event of the Year'.

On Tuesday 24 September 1991, Billy Dean saw the release of his second album, 'Billy Dean' (Capitol Records, 1991); the album included the following tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'You Don't Count The Cost' (No.4, 1991)
'Only The Wind' (No.4, 1991)
'Billy The Kid' (written by Billy Dean and Paul Nelson) (No.4, 1992)
'If There Hadn't Been You' (written by Ron Hellard and Tom Shapiro) (No.3, 1992)

Billy Dean's second album, 'Billy Dean' (Capitol Records, 1991), also included the following tracks:

'Simple Things' (written by Billy Dean and Steve Dean)
'Hammer Down' (written by Bob Regan and George Teren)
'Small Favors' (written by Billy Dean and Tim Nichols)
'Gone But Not Forgotten' (written by Wayland Holyfield and Verlon Thompson)
'Intro To Daddy's Will' (written by Billy Dean and Steve Dean)
'Daddy's Will' (written by Billy Dean and Steve Dean)

Billy Dean also toured with The Judds on their farewell tour in 1991, as well as on tours with Wynonna Judd and Clint Black. Billy Dean also wrote and recorded the theme song to the ABC animated television series 'Wild West C.O.W.-Boys of Moo Mesa' and hosted a Top 21 countdown on VH1.

By 1992, Billy Dean had also earned the 'Top New Male Vocalist Award' from the Academy of Country Music (ACM).

Rob Crosby recorded Billy Dean's 'When Hearts Agree' (co-written with Rob Crosby and Kent Blazy) and included the track on 'Another Time And Place' (Arista Records, 1992).

On Tuesday 26 January 1993, Billy Dean saw the release of his third album, 'Fire In The Dark' (Liberty Records, 1993); the album included the following tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Tryin' To Hide A Fire In The Dark' (written by Billy Dean and Tim Nichols) (No.6, 1992)
'I Wanna Take Care Of You' (written by Billy Dean and J.K. Jones) (No.22, 1993)
'I'm Not Built That Way' (No.34, 1993)
'We Just Disagree' (No.9, 1993)

Billy Dean's 'Fire In The Dark' (Liberty Records, 1993) also included 'That's What I Like About Love' (written by Mark D. Sanders and Verlon Thompson) and 'Two Of The Lucky Ones' (written by Billy Dean and Tim Nichols).

It was also in 1993 that Billy Dean had an opening slot on Alan Jackson's tour.

On Tuesday 21 September 1993, Suzy Bogguss saw the release of 'Something Up My Sleeve' (Liberty Records, 1993); the title track, which was written by Suzanne Ragsdale and Verlon Thompson, was a duet with Billy Dean.

Following the release of his first three studio albums, Billy Dean saw the release, on Tuesday 8 March 1994, of a 'greatest hits' album. 'Greatest Hits' (Liberty Records, 1994) reprised Billy's first nine singles, as well as a new song, 'Once In A While', which Billy Dean wrote and recorded for the soundtrack of the 1994 film '8 Seconds'. The song peaked at No.53 on the Billboard country music singles chart based on unsolicited airplay.

On Tuesday 14 June 1994, Billy Dean saw the release of 'Men'll Be Boys' (Liberty Records, 1994), which was his final release for SBK/Liberty Records. The album was not as successful in sales or chart performance and included the following tracks, which were singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Cowboy Band' (No.24, 1994)
'Men Will Be Boys' (written by Guy Clark and Verlon Thompson) (No.60, 1994)

Billy Dean's 'Men'll Be Boys' (Liberty Records, 1994) also included the following tracks:

'Wish You Were Here' (written by Tim Mensy and Tony Haselden)
'I Can't Find The Words To Say Goodbye' (written by Billy Dean and David Gates)
'Pay Attention' (written by Suzy Ragsdale)
'Starting Over Again' (written by Billy Dean and John Barlow Jarvis)
'Indian Head Penny' (writen by Guy Clark and Verlon Thompson)

 

Billy Dean's 'Men'll Be Boys' (Liberty Records, 1994) also included two cover songs; 'I Will Be Here' was previously recorded by Steven Curtis Chapman and included on 'More To This Life' (Sparrow Records, 1989), while 'Misery & Gin' was previously recorded by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016) and included on 'Back To The Barrooms' (MCA Records, 1980).

Following the release of 'Men'll Be Boys' (Liberty Records, 1994), Billy Dean placed his career on hiatus to raise his family, which at that point consisted of his wife, Cathy, and their son, William Eli Dean.

Joe Diffie recorded Billy Dean's ‘Good Brown Gravy’ (co-written with Verlon Thompson and Bill Kenner) and included the track on 'Third Rock From The Sun' (Epic Records, 1994).

Billy Dean returned to the recording studio in 1996 for his fifth album, 'It's What I Do' (Capitol Records Nashville, 1996), which was released on Tuesday 2 April 1996 and reunited him with Tom Shapiro, who had co-produced Billy Dean's first two albums.

Billy Dean's 'It's What I Do' (Capitol Records Nashville, 1996) included the following tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'It's What I Do' (written by Tom Shapiro and Chuck Jones) (No.5, 1996)
'That Girl's Been Spyin' On Me' (written by Tom Shapiro and Max T. Barnes) (No.4, 1996)
'I Wouldn't Be A Man' (written by Mike Reid and Rory Bourke) (No.45, 1996)

'I Wouldn't Be A Man' (written by Mike Reid and Rory Bourke) was originally recorded by Don Williams, who included the track on 'Traces' (Capitol Records, 1987); Don Williams' version reached No.9 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1987.

Billy Dean's 'It's What I Do' (Capitol Records Nashville, 1996) also included the following tracks:

'In The Name Of Love' (written by Skip Ewing and Doug Stone)
'When Our Backs Are Against The Wall' (written by Billy Dean and Tim Nichols)
'Play Something We Can Dance To' (written by Billy Dean and Dennis Morgan)
'The Mountain Moved' (written by Bob Regan and George Teren)
'Don't Threaten Me With A Good Time' (written by Kostas, Bobby Boyd and Don Mealer)
'Leavin' Line' (written by Pam Rose, Mary Ann Kennedy and Pat Bunch)

It was also in 1996 that Billy Dean worked with actress and singer Crystal Bernard on her debut album, 'Girl Next Door' (River North Records, 1996), in addition to co-writing its debut single 'Have We Forgotten What Love Is'; the album was released on Tuesday 29 October 1996.

Later that year (1996), Billy Dean saw the release of a non-charting single, 'In The Name Of Love', which was never included on any of his albums.

Ricky Skaggs recorded Billy Dean's 'Voices Singing' (co-written with Richard Leigh) and included the track on 'Life Is A Journey' (Atlantic Records, 1997).

In 1998, Victoria Shaw and several other artists, including Billy Dean, collaborated on the charity single 'One Heart At A Time'.

Billy Dean: 'Real Man' (Capitol Records, 1998)

On Tuesday 25 August 1998, Billy Dean saw the release of 'Real Man' (Capitol Records, 1998); the album, which was his sixth, included the following singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Real Man' (No.33, 1998)
'Innocent Bystander' (No.68, 1998)

Billy Dean co-produced 'Real Man' (Capitol Records, 1998) with David Gates, formerly of Bread, and co-wrote several of its songs with him, including 'A Fall In Tennessee', 'Innocent Bystander', 'I'm Not Needed Here' and 'If I Could Find the Heart (To Love Again)' (a duet with Gina Jeffreys).

Billy Dean's 'Real Man' (Capitol Records, 1998) also included 'Big Sister' (written by Billy Dean and Bruce Burch) and 'Voices Singing' (written by Billy Dean and Richard Leigh), the latter track featured The St. Nicholas School Children's Choir of Chattanooga, as well as Billy Dean's son, Eli.

Following the release of 'Real Man' (Capitol Records, 1998), Billy Dean exited the Capitol Records roster. He also took up acting once more, appearing in the minor television specials 'A Face To Kill For' and 'Blue Valley Songbird'.

On Tuesday 11 May 1999, Kenny Rogers saw the release of 'She Rides Wild Horses' (Dreamcatcher Records, 1999); the album included the Billboard country music hit single 'Buy Me A Rose' (No.1, May 2000), which featured guest vocals from Billy Dean and Alison Krauss. The song also reached No.40 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart.

Upon reaching No.1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in May 2000, 'Buy Me A Rose' made Kenny Rogers, who was sixty-one years old at the time, the oldest country singer to have a No.1 hit. 'Buy Me A Rose' was also the only No.1 for both Billy Dean and Alison Krauss, both of whom received chart credit for performing background vocals on the song. It was also Kenny Rogers' only No.1 for his personal record label, Dreamcatcher Records.


Chad Brock recorded Billy Dean's 'If I Were You' (co-written with Verlon Thompson) and included the track on 'Yes' (Warner Bros. Records, 2000); the track was a duet with Mark Wills.

In 2001, Billy Dean joined Suzy Bogguss and twelve-year-old singer Jillian Arciero (credited as Jillian) on 'Please Keep Mom And Dad In Love', which reached No.51 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart; the track was issued on Kenny Rogers's Dreamcatcher Records, but was never included on any album.

Although he continued touring, Billy Dean did not chart again until 2003 with 'I'm In Love With You' (written by Billy Dean and Chuck Cannon), which was released on the independent View 2 Records label.

Billy Dean's next release for View 2 Records was a cover of John Denver's 'Thank God I'm A Country Boy' (written by John Martin Sommers); John Denver (Friday 31 December 1943 - Sunday 12 October 1997) recorded 'Thank God I'm A Country Boy' and included the track on 'Back Home Again' (RCA Records, 1974).
A version of 'Thank God I'm A Country Boy' was recorded 'live' on Monday 26 August 1974 at the Universal Amphitheatre in Los Angeles was included on John Denver's 'An Evening With John Denver' (RCA Records, 1974).

The 'live' version of John Denver's 'Thank God I'm A Country Boy' was released as a single; the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in May/June 1975 and also reached No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1975.

Asylum-Curb Records took over promotion of the 'Thank God I'm A Country Boy' single shortly after its release and, by mid-2004, the track had reached No.27 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart. Following it was the single 'Let Them Be Little', which was co-written by Richie McDonald of Lonestar and recorded by Lonestar on its 2004 album 'Let's Be Us Again' (BNA Records, 2004).

On Tuesday 29 March 2005, Billy Dean's seventh studio album, also titled 'Let Them Be Little' (Asylum-Curb Records, 2005), was finally issued. Although the single 'Let Them Be Little' reached a peak of No.8 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks Chart in 2005, the album's other singles all failed to reach Billboard country music Top 40.

On Tuesday 11 October 2005, Billy Dean saw the release of 'The Christ (A Song for Joseph)' (Curb Records, 2005), a Christmas music album, which included a duet with his daughter Hannah.



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