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 Judy Bailey, which she submitted to this site on Friday 19 July 2013.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Judy Bailey who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Friday 19 July 2013.
'Gene Watson is one of the greatest singers of all time!
When he sings, he has a style of his own that cannot be mistaken for anyone else.
I have always been a fan.
Keep up the great work, Gene!'
Thank you, Judy Bailey, for your support of Gene Watson.
About Judy Bailey...
Judy Bailey was born Julia Udella Ann Martin on Thursday 6 January 1955 in Winchester, Kentucky, the eleventh of twelve children born to Floyd and Nellie Martin.
Raised in a low-income housing project known to the tenants as 'Hungry Holler', Judy grew up listening to her mother play the guitar and sing those old-time songs and hymns, as well as many of her own original compositions.
It was no surprise that Judy would, from an early age, dream of being a singing star. She would often entertain the other neighbourhood children by performing songs on the front steps, using a spoon as a microphone. Judy would tell them that she was going to 'sing on television someday'. When she was about seven years old, Judy found an old broken guitar in a trash heap and, although it only had five strings, she managed to learn to play.
Judy was sixteen years old when her father and mother packed up their few belongings and moved the family to Lacoochee, Florida which was a very small town near Brooksville on the western side of the state. It was there, in 1971, that Judy got her first singing 'gig', performing at the Lacootchie Fire Station.
By the mid-1970s, Judy was fronting 'Mason Dixon', the house band at the huge 'Joyland' Night Club in Tampa, Florida where she started making contact with many of the 'name' country music stars of the day, including Narvel Felts and Hank Williams Junior.
In early 1978, Judy Bailey and her husband made the trip over to Central Sound Studio in Auburndale in the hope of recording a couple of original songs that she had written, 'I Never Stopped Lovin' You' and 'Life Is What You Make It'.
During that time period it was still possible to make a 45 rpm single and, with a little barn-storming, get some radio play. In any event, it didn't take long for audiences to realise how talented Judy Bailey was. During 1977 and early 1978, Judy Bailey worked several special events and shows with Carl and Jesse Chambers' Dizzy Rambler Band.
In 1979, David Bellamy produced a couple of demo recordings on Judy Bailey, using The Bellamy Brothers band, but it was Darrell Glenn who sent some of Judy's recordings from Central Sound Studio to Nashville producer, Ray Baker, who was at that time looking for a female artist to record with Moe Bandy. Ray Baker liked what he heard, flew Judy Bailey to Nashville (her first airplane ride) to sing the duet on 'Following The Feeling' (No.10, 1980).
Moe Bandy's thirteenth album, 'Following The Feeling' (Columbia Records, 1980), was released in November 1980 and included two tracks which were hit songs on the Billboard country music singles chart:
'Following The Feeling', which was written by Charlie Craig (Friday 30 September 1938 - Friday 1 July 2011) (a duet with Judy Bailey) (No.10, 1980)
'My Woman Loves The Devil Out Of Me' (No.15, late 1980)
Moe Bandy's 'Following The Feeling' (Columbia Records, 1980) also included 'Liquor Emotion', which was written by Moe Bandy.
Moe Bandy's 'Following The Feeling' (Columbia Records, 1980) also included 'It's You And Me Again' (written by Dan Mitchell and Johnny McCollum), which was also a duet with Judy Bailey.
Following the success of 'Following The Feeling' (No.10, 1980) for Moe Bandy and Judy Bailey, Ray Baker and Darrell Glenn were in a position to persuade Columbia Records to sign Judy Bailey to a recording contract of her own, a contract which produced the Billboard Top 60 country music singles 'Slow Country Dancing' and 'Best Bedroom In Town'.
In the late part of 1980, Columbia Records dropped half of their so-called 'new artist' roster and Judy Bailey's recording contract was subsequently picked up by Warner Brothers Records. Still with producer Ray Baker, Warner Brothers Records released the singles 'Tender Lovin' Lies' (1983) and 'Finding You' (1983).
In 1981, Judy Bailey was nominated as one of the Top 5 'New Female Vocalists of the Year', by California's Academy of Country Music (ACM). Judy performed on the nationally televised ACM Awards show from Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park, California but, in the end, lost to another nominee, Juice Newton.
In 1982, Judy Bailey was signed by Welk Music Group in Nashville as a staff writer and became a frequent performer on Ralph Emery's nightly 'Nashville Now' show on the then TNN television network. Judy Bailey was also making quite a few personal appearances, usually as the opening act for some of the top country music performers in the 1980s.
Some of the artists Judy Bailey opened shows for included Don Williams, The Whites, Moe Bandy, Vern Gosdin (Sunday 5 August 1934 - Tuesday 28 April 2009), Del Reeves (Thursday 14 July 1932 - Monday 1 January 2007), Johnny Carver, Freddy Weller, Dickey Lee, Johnny Russell (Tuesday 23 January 1940 - Tuesday 3 July 2001), David Frizzell & Shelly West, and The Bellamy Brothers.
As a songwriter, Judy Bailey has written with some of the biggest names in the country music songwriting community, Larry Cordle, Jim Rushing ('The Future Of Love'), Johnny Russell (Tuesday 23 January 1940 - Tuesday 3 July 2001), Gary Lumpkin ('Keep My Heart In Mind'), Freddy Weller, Dickey Lee, Mark Collie ('The Truth'), Chely Wright and Lonnie Williams.
Judy Bailey biography courtesy of Carl Chambers
Promotional poster for a show Judy Bailey participated in at Orange Blossom Jamboree in Florida (not sure of date, but since Conway Twitty was one of the performers, it was obviously prior to 1993).
Performers included Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993), Reba McEntire, Moe Bandy, Razzy Bailey and Gene Watson.
In 1994, Judy Bailey saw the release of 'I've Never Seen It Rain' (Hawk Records, 1994), which was released on the Belfast, Northern Ireland-based Hawk Records; the project was produced by Mike Headrick and Lonnie Williams.
Judy Bailey's 'I've Never Seen It Rain' (Hawk Records, 1994) included the following tracks:
'When I Run Into You' (written by Sanger D. 'Whitey' Shafer, Lonnie Williams and Damon Gray)
'Goodbye Rainbow' (written by Lonnie Williams)
'You Bring The Moon' (written by Lonnie Williams and Roger Springer)
'Half Empty Bottle Of Rum' (written by Lonnie Williams, Kerry Philips and Andy Spooner)
'Billy And Grace' (written by Lonnie Williams and Jerry Hawkins)
'I've Never Seen It Rain' (written by Lonnie Williams and Kerry Philips)
'With All My Broken Heart' (written by Lonnie Williams, Judy Bailey and Eva Foster)
'Honky Tonk Woman' (written by Lonnie Williams and Aaron Barker)
'Things To Do Before I Die' (written by Lonnie Williams and Donny Kees)
'He's In Texas Tonight' (written by Lonnie Williams and Roger Spooner)
'Crying Room Only' (written by Sanger D. 'Whitey' Shafer, Lonnie Williams and Chely Wright)
'In The Name Of Loneliness' (written by Lonnie Williams, Donny Kees and Chely Wright)
'Almost Home' (written by Lonnie Williams and Johnny Slate)
'Longer Goodbye' (written by Lonnie Williams and Howard Perdue)
Personnel involved in the recording of Judy Bailey's 'I've Never Seen It Rain' (Hawk Records, 1994) included the following:
Jimmy Hyde (drums)
Don Barrett (bass)
Gene Sisk and Gary Farmer (piano, keyboards)
Don King (acoustic guitars)
Hank Singer (fiddle)
Tim Starnes and Mike Headrick (harmonica)
Mike Headrick (guitars, steel guitar, dobro)
Judy Bailey, Jackie Harling and Benny Berry (background vocals)
The (back) album cover of Judy Bailey's 'I've Never Seen It Rain' (Hawk Records, 1994) included the following words of praise and admiration for Judy Bailey:
'Judy has one of the most pure voices I've ever heard. A great singer with great stage presence'
'Judy is the greatest traditional singer to come along in a long time'
'Judy is a great traditional singer with a fresh voice'
Sanger D. 'Whitey' Shafer
'It's a joy to work with someone as talented as Judy, but an even greater honour to be able to call such a wonderful person a friend'
Mike Headrick and Lonnie Williams
In 1996, Razor & Tie Records released the highly acclaimed compilation album 'Honky Tonk Amnesia: The Hard Country Sound of Moe Bandy' (Razor & Tie Records, 1996), a release which included twenty of Moe Bandy's greatest recordings, including 'Following The Feeling' (a duet with Judy Bailey) (No.10, 1980), which was written by Charlie Craig (Friday 30 September 1938 - Friday 1 July 2011).
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