• The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson: 'Real Country Music' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016)

  • Gene Watson: 'Back in the Fire & At Last' (Morello Records, 2016) / this album was officially released on Friday 11 November 2016

  • Gene Watson's Calendar

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson Guitars by Summey

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

  • Gene Watson at The Opry in Nashville

  • The Original Gene Watson Fan Site

Management


Lytle Management Group
P.O. Box 128228
Nashville, TN 37212
Contact Sarah Brosmer
Telephone 615-770-2688

Bookings



Battle Artist Agency
8887 Horton Highway,
College Grove, TN
Contact Rob Battle
office: 615-368-7433
mobile: 615-957-3444

Webster PR



Webster Public Relations
, PO Box 23015, Nashville, TN 37202

Contact Scott Adkins
Telephone 615-777-6995

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 Wayne Carson, which he submitted to this site on Sunday 23 June 2013.

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

Wayne Carson
This quote was submitted on Sunday 23 June 2013.

'Years ago, I heard Gene Watson's voice on the radio and, like millions of other fans, I fell for one of the top three or four voices ever in this business.



I'm a writer and have been for most all my life and I'm proud to brag about having one or two of my songs attached to this man's wonderful career.

Keep on, Gene!

Always a fan and a friend,
Wayne'

Thank you, Wayne Carson, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Wayne Carson...

Wayne Carson is an internationally known music maker and is right at home in rock 'n' roll, country, and rhythm & blues.

A two-time Grammy Award winner, Wayne Carson is a songwriter, producer and musician, equally comfortable on percussion, piano, guitar or bass.

Wayne Carson's most famous songs include 'Neon Rainbow', 'The Letter' (recorded by The Box Tops, The Beach Boys, and Joe Cocker featuring Leon Russell), 'Always On My Mind' (written with Mark James and Johnny Christopher), 'Soul Deep' (recorded by The Box Tops, Clarence Carter, Gary U.S. Bonds, Tina Turner, Eddy Arnold and Gin Blossoms) and 'Keep On' (recorded by Bruce Channel).

Wayne Carson was born Wayne Carson Thompson Carson in Denver, Colorado. His parents, Odie and Olivia Thompson, played music professionally. They met in Nebraska while working for radio station KMMJ, moved to Colorado and eventually to Springfield, Missouri to join the music staff at KWTO-AM.

By then, Wayne Carson's parents were better known by their stage names, Shorty and Sue Thompson. Shorty was perhaps best known around the Ozarks as a member of radio and television mainstay The Tall Timber Boys.

Wayne Carson picked up a guitar when he was about fourteen years old after hearing a recording by Merle Travis (Thursday 29 November 1917 - Thursday 20 October 1983). Wayne was quickly taken by the newer sound of rock 'n' roll. He lived in several cities, including Denver, as a young man leading bands.

Wayne, through an association with record producer Chips Moman, played on many of the pop music recording sessions which emanated from Memphis in the 1960s, and he wrote The Box Tops hits 'The Letter' 'Neon Rainbows' and 'Soul Deep'.

Wayne Carson moved to Nashville in 1962 and eventually moved back to Springfield, Missouri where he began working with music publisher and promoter Si Siman.

Together they pitched songs for years, but without success, until Siman's friend, producer Chet Atkins (Friday 20 June 1924 - Saturday 30 June 2001) took a liking to a song called 'Somebody Like Me' and wanted Eddy Arnold to record it.

Wayne was taken aback when he received a call from Eddy Arnold, one of the most successful country music artists of all time: 'Wayne, I love the song, but it needs another verse', Wayne recalled. 'So I said, the third verse goes like this and I just wrote it right there over the phone'.

Eddy Arnold recorded Wayne Carson's 'Somebody Like Me' and included the track on 'Somebody Like Me' (RCA Victor Records, 1966); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for four weeks in late 1966, also reached No.53 on the pop music singles chart the same year.

Mel Tillis recorded Wayne Carson's 'Who's Julie' and included the track on 'Who's Julie' (Kapp Records, 1969).

Ike & Tina Turner recorded Wayne Carson's 'Cussin', Cryin' & Carryin' On' and included the track on 'Cussin', Cryin' & Carryin' On' (Pompeii Records, 1969).

Lynn Anderson recorded Wayne Carson's 'No Love At All' (co-written with Johnny Christopher) and included the track on 'No Love At All' (Columbia Records, 1970); the track reached No.15 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1970.

Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002) recorded Wayne Carson's 'Something's Wrong In California' (co-written with Rodney Lay) and included the track on 'The Best of Waylon Jennings' (RCA Victor Records, 1970); the track reached No.19 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1970.

Eddy Arnold recorded Wayne Carson's 'Soul Deep' and included the track on 'Love And Guitars' (RCA Victor Records, 1970); the track reached No.22 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1970.

BJ Thomas recorded Wayne Carson's 'No Love At All' (co-written with Johnny Christopher) and included the track on 'Most Of All' (Scepter Records, 1970); the track reached No.16 on the Billboard pop music singles chart in 1971.

Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 - Wednesday 13 February 2002) recorded Wayne Carson's '(Don't Let The Sun Set On You In) Tulsa' and included the track on 'The Taker/Tulsa' (RCA Victor Records, 1971); the track reached No.16 on the Billboard country music singles in 1971.

Brenda Lee recorded Wayne Carson's 'Always On My Mind' (co-written with Mark James and Johnny Christopher) and included the track on 'Brenda' (MCA Records, 1973); the track reached No.45 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1973.

Elvis Presley (Tuesday 8 January 1935 - Tuesday 16 August 1977) recorded Wayne Carson's 'Always On My Mind' (co-written with Mark James and Johnny Christopher) and included the track on 'Separate Ways' (RCA Victor Records, 1973); the track reached No.16 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1973.

Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993) recorded Wayne Carson's 'I See The Want To In Your Eyes' and included the track on 'I'm Not Through Loving You Yet' (MCA Records, 1974); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in October/November 1974.

Gary Stewart (Sunday 28 May 1944 - Tuesday 16 December 2003) recorded Wayne Carson's 'Drinkin' Thing' and included the track on 'Out Of Hand' (RCA Victor Records, 1975); the track reached No.10 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1975.

Gary Stewart (Sunday 28 May 1944 - Tuesday 16 December 2003) recorded Wayne Carson's 'I See The Want To In Your Eyes' and included the track on 'Out Of Hand' (RCA Victor Records, 1975).

Gary Stewart (Sunday 28 May 1944 - Tuesday 16 December 2003) recorded Wayne Carson's 'She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)' and included the track on 'Out Of Hand' (RCA Victor Records, 1975); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in May 1975.

Gary Stewart (Sunday 28 May 1944 - Tuesday 16 December 2003) recorded Wayne Carson's 'Lord, What A Woman' (co-written with Gary Stewart) and included the track on 'Steppin' Out' (RCA Victor Records, 1976).

Gary Stewart (Sunday 28 May 1944 - Tuesday 16 December 2003) recorded Wayne Carson's 'Oh, Sweet Temptation' and included the track on 'Steppin' Out' (RCA Victor Records, 1976); the track reached No.23 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1976.

Johnny Paycheck (Tuesday 31 May 1938 - Wednesday 19 February 2003) recorded Wayne Carson's 'Slide Off Of Your Satin Sheets' (co-written with Donn Tankersley) and included the track on 'Slide Off Of Your Satin Sheets' (Epic Records, 1977); the track reached No.7 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1977.

Gary Stewart (Sunday 28 May 1944 - Tuesday 16 December 2003) recorded Wayne Carson's 'Ten Years Of This' (co-written with Gary Stewart) and included the track on 'Your Place Or Mine' (RCA Victor Records, 1977); the track reached No.16 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1977 and featured guest vocals from Lea Jane Bennati.

Gary Stewart (Sunday 28 May 1944 - Tuesday 16 December 2003) recorded Wayne Carson's 'Whiskey Trip' (co-written with Donn Tankersley) and included the track on 'Little Junior' (RCA Victor Records, 1978); the track reached No.16 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1978.

Moe Bandy recorded Wayne Carson's 'Barstool Mountain' (co-written with Donn Tankersley) and included the track on 'It's A Cheating Situation' (Columbia Records, 1979); the track reached No.9 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1979.

Gene Watson recorded Wayne Carson's 'That Evil Child' and included the track on 'Should I Come Home' (Capitol Records, 1979).

John Wesley Ryles recorded Wayne Carson's 'Always On My Mind' (co-written with Mark James and Johnny Christopher) and included the track on 'Let The Night Begin' (MCA Records, 1979); the track reached No.20 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1979.

Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 - Monday 16 December 2013) recorded Wayne Carson's 'That's The Only Way to Say Good Morning' and included the track on 'There's Always Me' (Monument Records, 1979); the track reached No.18 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1979.

Shakin' Stevens: 'This Ole House' (Epic Records, 1981)

Shakin' Stevens (Michael Barratt) recorded Wayne Carson's 'Nobody' and included the track on 'This Ole House' (Epic Records, 1981).

Gene Watson recorded Wayne Carson's 'We Got a Bad Thing Going' (co-written with Donn Tankersley) and included the track on 'Between This Time & The Next Time' (MCA Records, 1981).

Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 - Saturday 5 June 1993) recorded Wayne Carson's 'The Clown' (co-written with Charlie Chambers, Sandra Rhodes and Brenda Barnett) and included the track on 'Southern Comfort' (Elektra Records, 1981); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in April 1982.

Willie Nelson recorded Wayne Carson's 'Always On My Mind' (co-written with Mark James and Johnny Christopher) and included the track on 'Always On My Mind' (Columbia Records, 1982); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for two weeks in May 1982, and also reached No.5 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart.

Willie Nelson's recording of Wayne Carson's 'Always On My Mind' (co-written with Mark James and Johnny Christopher), which was Willie's biggest record ever, earned three Grammy Awards, including 'Song of the Year', plus two Academy of Country Music (ACM) trophies and four from the Country Music Association (CMA).

The Pet Shop Boys: 'Introspective' (EMI Manhattan Records/Parlaphone Records, 1988)

The Pet Shop Boys recorded Wayne Carson's 'Always on My Mind' (co-written with Mark James and Johnny Christopher) in 1987; the track was a worldwide pop music hit single in many countries, including the United Kingdom (No.1, 1987), the United States (No.4, 1987), Canada (No.1, 1987) and Ireland (No.2, 1987).

The Pet Shop Boys' recording of Wayne Carson's 'Always on My Mind' (co-written with Mark James and Johnny Christopher) was subsequently included on 'Introspective' (EMI Manhattan Records / Parlaphone Records, 1988).

Willie Nelson recorded Wayne Carson's 'A Horse Called Music' and included the track on 'A Horse Called Music' (Columbia Records, 1989).

Gary Stewart (Sunday 28 May 1944 - Tuesday 16 December 2003) recorded Wayne Carson's 'Nothing Cheap About A Cheap Affair' (co-written with Gary Stewart) and included the track on 'Battleground' (Hightone Records, 1990).

Shelby Lynne recorded Wayne Carson's 'Dog Day Afternoon' and included the track on 'Tough All Over' (Epic Records, 1990).

Ronnie Reno & The Reno Brothers (Don Wayne Reno and Dale Reno) recorded Wayne Carson's 'I'm So Dog Gone Used To Lovin' You' (co-written with Mel Tillis) and included the track on 'Swing West' (Pinecastle Records, 1995); the track namechecks Merle Haggard.


In 1997, Wayne Carson was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Wade Hayes recorded Wayne Carson's 'She's Actin' Single (I'm Drinkin' Doubles)'; the track was included on the Various Artists compilation 'Tribute To Tradition' (Columbia Nashville Records, 1998).

Randy Travis recorded Wayne Carson's 'A Horse Called Music' and included the track on 'You And You Alone' (Dreamworks Records, 1998).

Gene Watson recorded Wayne Carson's 'Slide Off Of Your Satin Sheets' (co-written with Donn Tankersley) and included the track on 'My Heroes Have Always Been Country' (Fourteen Carat Music, 2014).

At the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson 'Peer's Quote', in June 2013, Wayne Carson was continuing to promote NSAI and the songwriting community by appearing for events throughout Nashville.

Wayne Carson's favourite recreations are golf and fishing. He also loves dogs and devotes a great deal of his time and resources to the rescue of Boston Terriers, often fostering and rehabilitating abandoned or abused animals in his home in Franklin, Tennessee.

'Semi-retired', Wayne Carson writes, on occasion, with old friends or with new writers and artists who want to tap the creative genius that keeps a writer successful in the business for over four decades.

Connect with Wayne Carson at waynecarsonmusic.com

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