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 T.G. Sheppard, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 23 April 2013.
Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say 'thank you' to T.G. Sheppard who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online 'celebration of a Lone Star Hero'.
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 23 April 2013.
'Gene Watson is not only one of country music's greatest singers, he is one of the most kind and down to earth people that I have ever had the pleasure to work the stage with'.
Thank you, T.G. Sheppard, for your support of Gene Watson.
About T.G. Sheppard...
T.G. Sheppard has always had an unstoppable passion for music. This passion, along with twenty No.1 Billboard country music hits and being ranked No.81 among all artists in country music, has made him one of the most popular live performers on tour today.
It's only natural with a show chock full of chart topping hits like 'Last Cheaters Waltz', 'I Loved 'Em Everyone', 'Do You Wanna Go To Heaven' and 'Party Time' that T.G. has developed a reputation as a solid performer who delivers exactly what audiences want. All this and more combined with a steadfast dedication to entertainment has truly made him one of the great Legends in country music.
T.G. Sheppard was born Billy Neal Browder in Humboldt, Tennessee on Thursday 20 July 1944. He knew early in his life that music was more than a hobby. He left his home in Humboldt, Tennessee at the age of fifteen, journeying to Memphis to begin his career in earnest. Working in various bands, he began to develop his stage skills, learning how to put his own touch on the myriad of songs required to survive on the club and party circuit.
Using the name Brian Stacy, he released his first record, 'High School Days', which caused a few ripples on the pop charts in 1966. The resulting acclaim brought him gigs as an opening act for some of the biggest acts in America, including The Animals, Jan & Dean and The Beach Boys.
The fledgling star veered off his musical course in 1965, reverting to his given name of Bill Browder and getting into the record promotion business. In a short time his passion for music, now redirected to furthering the careers of others, made him one of the industry's most successful record promoters.
In 1974, T.G. Sheppard found a song that would change his life forever. His astute ability to pick a hit song and promote it had paid off for numerous artists, yet T.G. kept thinking of his own musical aspirations. He knew Bobby David's composition 'Devil In The Bottle' was destined to be a hit, yet had no success in pitching the tune.
After being turned down by eight record labels in eighteen months, T.G. Sheppard decided to cut the song himself. Heading to Nashville, he was signed to Melodyland Records, a subsidiary record company of Motown Records, the mammoth R&B label that was trying to establish a presence in country music.
When he released 'Devil in the bottle' as T.G. Sheppard by night, he soon realised which of the two jobs would get his undivided attention. 'Devil In The Bottle', which featured back-up vocals from Janie Fricke, was included on 'T.G. Sheppard' (Melodyland Records, 1975) and was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in February 1975.
'T.G. Sheppard' (Melodyland Records, 1975) also included 'Tryin' To Beat The Morning Home', which was written by T.G. Sheppard with Red Williams and Elroy Kahanek (a disk jockey and technician at WMC in Memphis); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in June/July 1975, along with 'Another Woman' (written by Dann Penn and Buzz Cason).
In March 1976, T.G. Sheppard saw the release of 'Motels And Memories' (Melodyland Records, 1976), which included 'Motels And memories' (No.7, 1976), along with 'Little Brown Paper Nag Blues' (written by Rory Bourke, Gene Dobbins and Johnny Wilson).
T.G. Sheppard: 'Solitary Man' (Hitsville Records, 1976)
In September 1976, T.G. Sheppard saw the release of 'Solitary Man' (Hitsville Records, 1976), which included 'Show Me A Man', which became a Top 10 hit on the Billboard country music singles chart in late 1976.
While promoting records for Stax Records, RCA Records and later his own independent company Umbrella Promotions, T.G. Sheppard formed a close personal and professional relationship with Elvis Presley (Tuesday 8 January 1935 - Tuesday 16 August 1977).
The legendary performer appreciated T.G. Sheppard's unique style and personality. As a token of their friendship, Elvis Presley gave T.G. Sheppard his first tour bus in 1976, helping to provide him with the confidence to give up the promotion business and hit the road full time. During his first year on the road, he scored numerous hits with the Motown imprints of Melodyland Records and Hitsville Records.
Named 'Best New Male Artist' in 1976 by Cash Box, T.G. Sheppard signed with Warner Bros. Records when Motown decided to get out of country music. His career then skyrocketed as he scored ten consecutive No.1 songs on the Billboard country music singles chart, including such classics as 'Only One You', 'Party Time' and 'War Is Hell (On The Homefront)'. In 1982, following this impressive 'debut', T.G. Sheppard was honored as Music City News 'Most Promising Male Vocalist'.
T.G. Sheppard: 'T.G.' (Warner Bros. Records, 1978)
In January 1978, T.G. Sheppard saw the release of 'T.G.' (Warner Bros. Records, 1978), which included 'Don't Ever Say Goodbye' (No.13, 1978), along with 'Baby's Gettin' Around' (written by Ray Griff).
In December 1978, T.G. Sheppard saw the release of 'Daylight' (Warner Bros. Records, 1978), which included the Billboard country music hit singles 'When Can We Do This Again' (No.5, 1979), 'Daylight' (No.7, 1979) and a remake of The Turtles' 'Happy Together' (No.8, 1979); the album also included 'Never Ending Crowded Circle' (written by Roger Murrah and Scott Andrews).
In July 1979, T.G. Sheppard saw the release of '3/4 Lonely' (Warner Bros. Records, 1979), which included the Billbord country music hit singles 'You Feel Good All Over' (No.4, 1979), 'Last Cheater's Waltz' (No.1 for two weeks in October 1979) and 'I'll Be Comig Back For More' (No.1 for two weeks in January/February 1980); the album also included 'I Came Home To Make Love To You' (written by Kieran Kane).
In June 1980, T.G. Sheppard saw the release of 'Smooth Sailing' (Warner Bros. Records, 1980), which included the Billboard country music hit singles 'Smooth Sailing' (No.6, 1980), 'Do You Wanna Go To Heaven' (No.1 for one week in October 1980) and 'I Feel Like Loving You Again' (written by Bobby Braddock and Sonny Throcckmorton) (No.1 for one week in January/February 1981).
T.G. Sheppard's 'Smooth Sailing' (Warner Bros. Records, 1980) also included 'If I Never Saw The Light Of Day Again' (written by Jamie O'Hara), 'I Could Never Dream The Way You Feel' (written by Kieran Kane), 'Do It Again' (written by Rafe VanHoy, Deborah Allen and Roy Culbertson), and 'Don't Touch Me', which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 - Thursday 15 July 2010).
In March 1981, T.G. Sheppard saw the release of 'I Love 'Em All' (Warner Bros. Records, 1981), which included the Billboard country music hit singles 'I Loved 'Em Every One' (No.1 for one week in May 1981; the track also reached No.37 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music chart) and 'Party Time' (No.1 for one week in October 1981).
T.G. Sheppard's 'I Love 'Em All' (Warner Bros. Records, 1981) also included 'You Waltzed Yourself Into My Life', which Gene Watson included on 'Sometimes I Get Lucky' (MCA Records, 1983).
T.G. Sheppard's 'I Love 'Em All' (Warner Bros. Records, 1981) also included 'Touch Me All Over Again' (written by Jamie O'Hara) and 'State Of Our Union' (written by Jim Rushing and Chip Hardy).
In March 1982, T.G. Sheppard saw the release of 'Finally' (Warner Bros. Records, 1982), which included the Billboard country music hit singles 'Only One You' (No.1 for one week in February 1982; the track also reached No.68 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music chart and featured Judy Rodman on background vocals and ace record producer Larry Butler on piano) and 'Finally' (No.1 for one week in June 1982; the track also reached No.58 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music chart).
In September 1982, T.G. Sheppard saw the release of 'Perfect Stranger' (Warner Bros. Records, 1982), which included the Billboard country music hit singles 'War Is Hell (On The Homefront Too)' (No.1 for one week in November 1982) and 'Faking Love' (written by Bobby Braddock and Matraca Berg) (No.1 for one week in February 1983; this latter track was a duet with Karen Brooks; the album also included 'Close Brush With Life' (written by Larry Gatlin).
In May 1983, T.G. Sheppard saw the release of his first 'Greatest Hits' collection; 'T.G. Sheppard: Greatest Hits' (Warner Bros. Records, 1983) included one brand new track, a remake of Nillson's 'Without You'.
The original version of 'Without You', which T.G. Sheppard had promoted, was No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music chart for four weeks in 1972; T.G. Sheppard's remake reached No.12 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1984.
In October 1983, T.G. Sheppard saw the release of 'Slow Burn' (Warner Bros. Records, 1983), which included the Billboard country music hit singles 'Slow Burn' (No.1 for one week in January 1984) and 'Somewhere Down The Line' (No.3, 1984).
It was at this time, spurred on by a line from the Clint Eastwood movie 'Sudden Impact', that T.G. Sheppard recorded 'Make My Day', as a duet with Clint Eastwood; the track reached No.12 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1984.
In August 1984, T.G. Sheppard saw the release of 'One Owner Heart' (Warner Bros. Records, 1984), which included the Billboard country music hit singles 'One Owner Heart' (No.4, 1984) and 'You're Going Out Of My Mind' (No.3, 1984).
In 1985, T.G. Sheppard signed with Columbia Records, where he recorded four albums for the label; 'Livin' On The Edge' (Columbia Records, 1985), 'It Still Rains In Memphis' (Columbia Records, 1986), 'One For The Money' (Columbia Records, 1987) and 'Crossroads' (Columbia Records, 1989).
In May 1985, T.G. Sheppard saw the release of 'Livin' On The Edge' (Columbia Records, 1985), which included the Billboard country music hit singles 'Fooled Around And Fell In Love' (No.21, 1985), 'Doncha?' (No.8, 1985) and 'In Over My Heart' (No.9, 1985).
In May 1986, T.G. Sheppard saw the release of 'It Still Rains in Memphis' (Columbia Records, 1986), which included the Billboard country music hit singles 'Strong Heart' (No.1 for one week in August 1986), 'Half Past Forever ('Til I'm Blue In The Heart)' (No.2, 1986) and 'You're My First Lady' (No.2, 1987).
In September 1987, T.G. Sheppard saw the release of 'One For The Money' (Columbia Records, 1987), which included the Billboard country music hit single 'One For The Money' (No.2, 1987).
In 1989, T.G. Sheppard saw the release of 'Crossroads' (Columbia Records, 1989), which included the Billboard country music hit single 'You Still Do' (No.14, 1989).
By 1990, country music traditionalists had changed the course of the format, and T.G. Sheppard found himself wondering how he fit the new mold. He chose to withdraw from recording at this time and instead concentrated on his live performances, touching audiences night after night with his tried-and-true repertoire of hits, delivered with non-stop energy and the same excitement he felt as a teen.
T.G. Sheppard also made a name for himself as an astute businessman. In 1988, he opened his private residence in the Great Smoky Mountains as a bed and breakfast. The 160-year-old log home, built high atop Moon Mountain, was an instant success and is still a popular tourist destination, although T.G. Sheppard no longer owns the property.
The popular performer, who learned firsthand the kind of entertainment experience fans craved, was one of the original investors in the highly popular chain of country nightclubs, Guitars & Cadillacs. The clubs, located throughout the Midwest, serve as showcase venues for many emerging country singers as well as some of the format's biggest stars.
T.G. Sheppard also served as the national spokesperson for the Folgers' NASCAR racing team for eight years. During a six-year span, he served as host/performer on 'Folgers' Wakin' Up Country Tour', which headlined throughout North America.
In 1995, T.G. Sheppard took a two-year hiatus from the road to perform exclusively for eight months a year at T.G. Sheppard's Theater in The Smokies, a state-of-the-art theater in the heart of the Great Smoky Mountains. For the first time in his musical career, he enjoyed the luxury of going home every night after a show. But the wanderlust of a road musician was inescapable, as he returned to the road in 1997.
Charity work is a crucial part of T.G. Sheppard's career. Throughout the year, he works with many of the nation's top charitable organisations such as Cerebral Palsy, Inc., St. Jude Children's Hospital, The Alzheimer's Association, The United Way and ChildHelp USA.
Subsequent T.G. Sheppard album releases included 'Nothin' On But The Radio' (Outwest Records, 1997) in November 1997 and 'Live At Billy Bob's Texas' (Smith Music Records, 2002) in June 2002.
Further T.G. Sheppard album releases included 'Timeless: Classic Love Songs' (Aspirion Records, 2004) and 'T.G. Sheppard: Duets With The Legends of Country Music' (Partners in Rhyme Records, 2007), the latter featuring duets with Wayne Jackson, Englebert Humperdinck, Willie Nelson, Kelly Lang, Crystal Gayle, Jerry Lee Lewis, Merle Haggard, The Oak Ridge Boys, Lorrie Morgan and Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993).
T.G. Sheppard states that this is the music he is the most proud of in many years because it has enabled him to stretch as an entertainer and singer in many different generes of music. A 90-minute motion picture length DVD was also filmed as the sessions were recorded and has won the top award for 'Best Music Documentary' at the 2010 Tele Awards in Los Angeles, California.
T.G. Sheppard: 'Because You Love Me' (Mansion Entertainment Records, 2012)
On Tuesday 13 March 2012, T.G. Sheppard saw the release of 'Because You Love Me' (Mansion Entertainment Records, 2012).
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