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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 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 Larry Booth, which he submitted to this site on Friday 31 May 2013.

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

Sean Brady would also like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to Rebeka Rutledge for the use of a feature on Larry Booth, 'Legends Don't Live Forever', which was published on Friday 10 May 2013, in 'Stephens County's Only Daily Newspaper', Duncan Banner, which is based in Duncan, Oklahoma.

Please Note
Although the article in Duncan Banner, which was published on Friday 10 May 2013, stated that Larry Booth co-wrote 'Speak Softly (You're Talking to My Heart)', this is, however, not the case; this track was written by Steve Spurgin and J.D. Mendenhall.



Larry Booth
This quote was submitted on Friday 31 May 2013.

'I worked with Gene for twelve years and can honestly say that I was always one of his biggest fans.

The guy has an unbelievable voice and it was the best twelve years of my musical life!

It was a pleasure to have him as a boss and as a friend'.

Thank you, Larry Booth, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Larry Booth...

Larry Booth is an award-winning bass player who was born on Monday 18 August 1947 and, at the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson 'Peer's Quote', in May 2013, was residing in Duncan, Oklahoma with his wife Robin and their children.

Originally from Florida, Larry Booth lived for a number of years in Los Angeles, California and played in the bands of Mel Tillis and Gene Watson. Larry Booth won a 'Best Bass Player' Award from the Academy of Country Music (ACM) on four separate occasions in the 1970s.

While growing up, Larry Booth and his brother, Tony Booth, played and sang with their parents in church. Larry's mother married a steel guitar player after his father died and the brothers’ interest in music grew.

A native of Tampa, Florida where he was born on Sunday 7 February in 1943, Tony Booth won a contest in New Port Richey, Florida for playing guitar when he was fourteen years old.

After high school, Tony Booth attended the University of New Mexico with the intention of becoming a schoolteacher, but he decided to give music a try and began his music career with the Mel Savage Band and later began touring with Jimmy Snyder.

Tony Booth's first single was 'Wishful Thinking' (which was backed with 'I Think I Can'); Tony Booth's first album was 'Country 67' (Universal City Records, 1967), which was released under the stage name 'Johnny Booth'.

Tony Booth's first album, 'Country '67' (Universal City Records, 1967) did not yield a chart position, so he formed a band called Modern Country in 1968 and performed for a time in Las Vegas, Nevada before moving to Los Angeles, California.

The Modern Country Band, which renamed itself The Tony Booth Band, became the house band at Los Angeles' Palomino Club and included members Jay Dee Maness, who went on to become a member of the Desert Rose Band, and Larry Booth (Tony Booth's younger brother).

After being in the house band for The Palomino Club in North Hollywood and for Disneyland, Larry Booth could boast having played with numerous big names. He can recall being somewhat star struck over two artists in particular: Tex Ritter (Thursday 12 January 1905 - Wednesday 2 January 1974) because when Larry was in the staff band at Disneyland, during rehearsals, Tex told Larry stories about being in the old western movies and Larry felt like a little kid sitting there listening to him, and Roy Acuff (Tuesday 15 September 1903 - Monday 23 November 1992) because his grandmother had been such a big fan.

In October 1972, Tony Booth saw the release of 'Lonesome 7-7203' (Capitol Records, 1972), which included 'Just A Man' (written by Tony Booth and Larry Booth); the title track of the album reached No.16 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1972 and, as a result, Tony Booth was nominated for the Academy of Country Music (ACM) 'Male Vocalist of the Year' Award in 1973.

In 1973, Larry Booth joined Mel Tillis’ band, The Statesiders, and later, in the early 1980s, he joined up with Gene Watson, with whom he worked with for twelve years as a member of Gene's Farewell Party Band.

Gene Watson recorded Tony Booth's 'One Too Many Times' and included the track on 'No One will Ever Know' (Capitol Records, 1980).

Tony Booth had originally recorded 'One Too Many Times' in 1970 as the 'B' side of his single 'Irma Jackson' (written by Merle Haggard), which reached No.67 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1970.

In October 1981, Gene Watson's 'Old Loves Never Die' (MCA Records, 1981) was released by MCA Records; the album included 'Lonely Me' (written by Larry Booth), which was the 'B' side of another track on the album, 'Fourteen Carat Mind', which was written by Dallas Frazier and Larry Lee (1939 - Saturday 26 May 2001) (MCA Records 51183) (No.1 for one week - Saturday 9 January 1982 to Saturday 16 January 1982 - in 1982).

Gene Watson's 'Old Loves Never Die' (MCA Records, 1981) also included 'Speak Softly (You're Talking To My Heart)' (written by Steve Spurgin and J.D. Mendenhall), which reached No.8 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1982.

On Friday 1 October 1982, Tony Booth joined Gene Watson's Farewell Party Band; he played bass guitar and sang backup vocals on many of Gene Watson's mid-1980s album releases. Tony Booth remained a member of Gene Watson's Farewell Party Band for twelve years (1982 - 1994).

In March 1983, Gene Watson saw the release of 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983), the first album to exclusively feature the members of the Farewell Party Band.

Gene Watson's 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983) included two tracks which were Top 10 hits on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'You're Out Doing What I'm Here Doing Without' (written by Bo Roberts and Allen Frizzell) (No.2, 1983)
'Sometimes I Get Lucky And Forget', which was written by Ernie Rowell and Bobby Lee House (Friday 11 February 1949 - Thursday 25 November 2004) (No.9, 1983)

Gene Watson's 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983) has the distinction of being the first Gene Watson release to feature members of his highly acclaimed Farewell Party Band on record, thus affording listeners the opportunity to hear this authentic group of musicians for the first time, in a studio setting, recreating a concert sound.

The Farewell Party Band line-up at this time included Larry Booth on bass, Joe Eddie Gough (Friday 27 January 1939 - Friday 14 August 2009) on piano, Doug Boggs on drums, Daniel (Danny) T. Rainwater on guitar, Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) on guitar, Norm Kastner on guitar and Chris 'Tiny' Olson on steel guitar.

Gene Watson's 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983) was produced by Russ Reeder and Gene Watson for G-J Productions and was recorded at Pete's Place, Nashville (Recording & Mixing Engineer: Al Pachucci); the album reached No.16 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1983.

Gene Watson's 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983) also included the following tracks:

'Speak Well Of Me', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010)
'In Love All Alone' (written by Jesse Shofner and Randy Hatch)
'She Sure Makes Leaving Seem Easy' (written by Sonny Throckmorton)
'You Waltzed Yourself Right Into My Life' (written by Ron Moore)
'You Put Out An Old Flame Last Night' (written by Dave Lindsey and Ernie Rowell)
'You're Just Another Beer Drinkin' Song', which was written by Warren Robb and Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004)
'Thinking 'Bout Leaving' (written by Randy Albright, Mark D. Sanders and Butch Paulson)
'If I Were You, I'd Fall In Love With Me', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and Warren Robb

In 1984, Gene Watson saw the release of 'Heartaches, Love and Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984), the title of which accurately described the various themes that run through the songs contained on the album, which includes two tracks which were Top 10 hits on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1985;

'Got No Reason Now For Going Home', which was written by Johnny Russell (Tuesday 23 January 1940 - Tuesday 3 July 2001) (No.7, 1985)
'One Hell Of A Heartache', which was written by Keith Palmer (Sunday 23 June 1957 - Thursday 13 June 1996) and Janet White Demmans (No.10, 1985)

Gene Watson's 'Heartaches, Love and Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984) has the distinction of being the second Gene Watson release to feature members of his highly acclaimed Farewell Party Band on record, thus affording listeners the opportunity to hear this authentic group of musicians, in a studio setting, recreating a concert sound.

Gene Watson's 'Heartaches, Love and Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984) was produced by Russ Reeder and Gene Watson for G-J Productions, Inc. and was recorded at Sound Emporium, Studio A, Nashville (Recording and Mixing Engineer: Jim Williamson) and reached No.21 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1984.

Gene Watson's 'Heartaches, Love and Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984) also included the following tracks:

'I Guess You Had To Be There' (written by Dave Lindsey, Matt Lindsey and Ernie Rowell)
'Wino's Prayer', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and L. Kirby
'Texas Saturday Night', which was written by Warren Robb and Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004)
'A Memory Away', which was written by Warren Robb and Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004)
'Independence Day' (written by Dave Lindsey and Ernie Rowell)
'Sailing Home To Me', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and D. Morrison
'I Must Be Somebody Else' (written by Merle Haggard)
'That's When You Know It's Over' (written by Bob O'Donnell and Billy Troy)

At the time of the release of Gene Watson's 'Heartaches, Love and Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984), the line-up of Gene Watson's Farewell Party Band included Larry Booth (younger brother of Tony Booth) on bass, Tony Booth on tic tac bass, Chris 'Tiny' Olson & Daniel T. Rainwater on steel guitar, Norm Kastner on acoustic and rhythm guitar, Doug Boggs on drums and Joe Eddie Gough (Friday 27 January 1939 - Friday 19 August 2009) on piano-organ.

Additional musicians involved in the recording of Gene Watson's 'Heartaches, Love and Stuff' (MCA Records, 1984) included Buddy Spicher and Lisa Silver on fiddle.

It was also in 1984 that Gene Watson saw the release of 'Little by Little' (MCA Records, 1984), which included three tracks which were Top 10 hits on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1984:

'Drinkin' My Way Back Home', which was written by Don Scaife, Ronny Scaife (1947 - Wednesday 3 November 2010) and Phil Thomas) (No.10, 1984)
'Forever Again', which was written by Warren Robb and Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) (No.10, 1984)
'Little By Little' (written by Danny Morrison and Larry Keith) (No.10, 1984)

Gene Watson's 'Little by Little' (MCA Records, 1984) has the distinction of being the third Gene Watson release to feature members of his highly acclaimed Farewell Party Band on record, thus affording listeners the opportunity to hear this authentic group of musicians for the third time, in a studio setting, recreating a concert sound.

Gene Watson's 'Little by Little' (MCA Records, 1984) was produced by Russ Reeder and Gene Watson for G-J Productions and was recorded at Pete's Place, Nashville (Recording and Mixing Engineer: Al Pachucci); the album reached No.35 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1984.

Gene Watson's 'Little by Little' (MCA Records, 1984) also included the following tracks:

'My Memories Of You' (written by Daniel T. Rainwater and Larry Booth (younger brother of Tony Booth)
'The Chesapeake Bay', which was written by Ronny Scaife (1947 - Wednesday 3 November 2010) and Jerry Hays)
'Leavin's Been Comin' For A Long, Long Time', which was written by Joe Allen, Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and Sonny Throckmorton
'The Ballad Of Richard Lindsey' (written by Billy Troy and Bob O'Donnell)
'With Any Luck At All' (written by Dave Lindsey)
'Growing Apart', which was written by Warren Robb and Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004)
'She Has No Memory Of Me' (written by Billy Troy and Randy Scruggs)

At the time of the release of Gene Watson's 'Little by Little' (MCA Records, 1984), the line-up of Gene Watson's Farewell Party Band included Larry Booth (younger brother of Tony Booth) on bass, Joe Eddie Gough (Friday 27 January 1939 - Friday 14 August 2009) on piano, Doug Boggs on drums, Daniel T. Rainwater and Norm Kastner on guitar, Chris 'Tiny' Olson on steel guitar and Tony Booth on tic tac bass.

Additional musicians involved in the recording of Gene Watson's 'Little by Little' (MCA Records, 1984) included Buddy Spicher and Lisa Silver on fiddle.

In July 1985, Gene Watson saw the release of 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985), which was Gene Watson's debut album for Epic Records, following very successful recording periods with Capitol Records (1975 - 1980) and MCA Records (1980 - 1985).

Gene Watson's 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985), which was co-produced by Gene Watson, along with Farewell Party Band stalwart Larry Booth (younger brother of Tony Booth), included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1985/1986:

'Cold Summer Day In Georgia', which was written by D. Knutson and Arthur Leo 'Doodle' Owens (Friday 28 November 1930 - Monday 4 October 1999) (No.24, 1985)
'Memories To Burn', which was written by Warren Robb and Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) (No.5, 1986)
'Carmen' (written by Steve Spurgin) (No.32, 1986)

Gene Watson's 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985) was produced by Gene Watson and Larry Booth and was recorded at Hilltop Studios, Madison, Tennessee; the album was mixed by Gene Watson and Larry Booth (Recording Engineer: Randy Best).

Gene Watson's 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985) was mastered by M.C. Rather at Custom Mastering, Nashville and reached No.35 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1985.

Gene Watson's 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985) also included the following tracks:

'The Note', which was written by Buck Moore (Wednesday 3 January 1934 - Tuesday 10 September 2013) and Michelle Ray
'If I Painted A Picture' (written by L. Williams and C. Browder)
'I Want My Rib Back', which was written by Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 - Tuesday 9 May 1989) and Fred Koller
'Stranger In Our House Tonight', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004)
'The New York Times', which was written by Obie Burnett McClinton (Thursday 25 April 1940 - Wednesday 25 September 1987)
'Speak Of The Devil' (written by J. Ewtah)
'Get Along Little Doggie' (written by Mark La Forme and Dallas Harms)

At the time of the release of Gene Watson's 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985), the line-up of Gene Watson's Farewell Party Band included Tony Booth on bass, Chris 'Tiny' Olson on steel guitar, Daniel T. Rainwater on lead guitar, Norm Kastner on lead and rhythm guitar, Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) on rhythm guitar, Joe Eddie Gough (Friday 27 January 1939 - Friday 14 August 2009) on piano and Doug Boggs on drums.

An additional musician involved in the recording of Gene Watson's 'Memories to Burn' (Epic Records, 1985) was Hubert 'Hoots' Hester on fiddle, with background vocals provided by Beckie Foster, Joy Gardner and Leona Williams.

In June 1986, Gene Watson saw the release of 'Starting New Memories' (Epic Records, 1986), which was co-produced by Gene Watson along with Farewell Party Band stalwart Larry Booth, and included two tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music charts in 1986/1987:

'Bottle Of Tears' (written by Joe Allen, Jimmy Pasquale and D. Lay) (No.50, 1986)
'Everything I Used To Do' (written by Ernie Rowell) (No.29, 1986)

Gene Watson's 'Starting New Memories' (Epic Records, 1986) was produced by Gene Watson and Larry Booth and was recorded at Hilltop Studios in Nashville (Recording Engineer: Randy Best).

Gene Watson saw the release of 'Starting New Memories' (Epic Records, 1986) was mastered by M.C. Rather at Custom Mastering, Nashville and reached No.49 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1986.

Gene Watson's 'Starting New Memories' (Epic Records, 1986) also included the following tracks:

'Completely Out Of Love', which was written by Marty Robbins (Saturday 26 September 1925 - Wednesday 8 December 1982)
'Almost Like Having You Here', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and Warren Robb
'Take It From Me' (written by 'Doc James' Shapiro)
'Sittin' On A Gold Mine' (written by B. Moore)
'Atlanta Anymore', which was written by Charlie Craig (Friday 30 September 1938 - Friday 1 July 2011) and Keith Stegall
'Starting New Memories Today', which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 - Saturday 17 April 2004) and Warren Robb
'I Saved Your Place' (written by Steve Spurgin)
'Rollin' Home' (written by Keith Stegall and Brent Mason)

At the time of the release of Gene Watson's 'Starting New Memories' (Epic Records, 1986), the line-up of Gene Watson's Farewell Party Band included Tony Booth on bass, Chris 'Tiny' Olson on steel guitar, Danny T. Rainwater on lead guitar, Norm Kastner on lead and rhythm guitar, Joe Eddie Gough (Friday 27 January 1939 - Friday 14 August 2009) on piano, Doug Boggs on drums and Hubert 'Hoot' Hester on fiddle.

On Friday 28 March 2008, Tony Booth saw the release of 'Is This All There Is To A Honky Tonk' (Heart of Texas Records, 2008), which included 'My Memories Of You' (written by Larry Booth).
Tony Booth's 'Is This All There Is To A Honky Tonk' (Heart of Texas Records, 2008) also included 'You Look Like Someone That Used to Love Me', which was written by Glenn Sutton (Tuesday 28 September 1937 - Tuesday 17 April 2007) and Billy Troy, and 'Losing You Just Dawned On Me Today' (written by Kent Westberry).

On Monday 9 May 2011, Hux Records in England 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 UK and Ireland; the CD set was released worldwide on Tuesday 17 May 2011.

While a member of Gene Watson's Farewell Party Band, Larry Booth toured with George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 - Friday 26 April 2013) in Canada and with Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 - Friday 12 September 2003) in Europe.

In the mid-1990s, Larry Booth retreated from the country music scene and became a truck driver. Larry drives his truck all over the United States and, on his various trips, he mostly listens to sports and talk radio. However, Larry Booth's MP3 player does contain a wide range of music, including Christina Aguilera and Lady Gaga. Larry Booth also enjoys today’s country music, particularly Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood.

A portion of the information contained in this feature on Larry Booth, was published on Friday 10 May 2013, in an article called 'Legends Don't Live Forever' by Rebeka Rutledge, on 'Stephens County's Only Daily Newspaper', Duncan Banner, which is based in Duncan, Oklahoma.

Please Note
Although the article in Duncan Banner, which was published on Friday 10 May 2013, states that Larry Booth co-wrote 'Speak Softly (You're Talking To My Heart)', this is, however, not the case; this track was written by Steve Spurgin and J.D. Mendenhall).

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