• 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 2014, 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 Gary Morris, which he submitted to this site on Thursday 16 January 2014.

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



Gary Morris
This quote was submitted on Thursday 16 January 2014.

'Gene Watson put the 'T' in Texas music'.

Thank you, Gary Morris, for your support of Gene Watson.

About Gary Morris...

Gary Morris was born Gary Gwyn Morris on Tuesday 7 December 1948 and is an American country music artist who charted a string of countrypolitan-styled hit songs throughout the 1980s.

Gary Morris is known for the 1983 ballad 'The Wind Beneath My Wings', although his credits include more than twenty-five other chart singles on the Billboard country music singles chart, including five No.1 hits.

Gary Morris has also released nine studio albums, with his 1983 album 'Why Lady Why' (Warner Bros. Records, 1983) having earned a 'Gold' certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

Gary Morris has two siblings, a twin sister (Carey) and younger brother (Mark). Although Gary Morris was best known for pop-oriented hits in the 1980s, he was descended from a long line of traditional country singers, who sang hard-twang country music and also gospel music.

Gary Morris' family moved from Fort Worth, Texas to North Richland Hills, Texas in the late 1950s. While in the third grade, Gary Morris and his sister won a talent show after singing their rendition of the pop music hit 'This Old House', which was originally popularised by Rosemary Clooney.

Gary Morris, a good athlete, played four sports at Richland High School, which led to a scholarship with Cisco Junior College in Texas. It was during college that singing became Gary Morris' chosen vocation, and he decided to move to Colorado. He and his two friends formed a trio, and asked a Colorado Springs bartender if they could get up on the bandstand and perform a few songs/ The audience's response, and tips, convinced Gary Morris to put his college plans on hold and to pursue a performing career.

In the early 1970s, Gary Morris made a living by singing in nightclubs in Denver, Colorado. He also wrote a few commercial jingles for Frontier Airlines.

In 1976, Gary Morris signed on with Jimmy Carter's presidential campaign and sang at fundraisers during Carter's campaign. This job led to Gary Morris performing at The White House following Jimmy Carter's election. In the audience was Nashville country music producer Norro Wilson, to whom Gary Morris later gave a demo tape. Norro Wilson liked what he heard, and soon signed Gary Morris to his label Warner Bros. Records.

Gary Morris signed his recording contract with Warner Bros. Records in 1980.

On Monday 15 March 1982, Gary Morris saw the release of his self-titled debut album, 'Gary Morris' (Warner Bros. Records, 1982), which included four tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Sweet Red Wine' (No.40, 1980)
'Headed For A Heartache' (written by Kent Blazy and James Dowell) (No.8, late 1981)
'Don't Look Back' (written by Gary Morris and Eddie Setser) (No.12, 1982)
'Dreams Die Hard' (written by Chuck Rains) (No.15, 1982)

It was also in 1981 that Gary Morris saw the release of the non-album track, 'Fire In Your Eyes', which reached No.40 on the Billboard country music singles chart in early 1981.

On Wednesday 17 August 1983, Gary Morris saw the release of 'Why Lady Why' (Warner Bros. Records, 1983), an album which focused more on ballads, and which included four tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Velvet Chains' (written by Kevin Welch and Ron Hellard) (No.9, 1982)
'The Love She Found In Me', which was written by Dennis Linde (Thursday 18 March 1943 - Friday 22 December 2006) and Bob Morrison (No.5, 1983)
'The Wind Beneath My Wings', which was written by Larry Henley (Wednesday 30 June 1937 - Thursday 18 December 2014) and Jeff Silbar (No.4, 1983) / Gary Morris' version of the song garnered both The Academy of Country Music (ACM) and The Country Music Association (CMA) Awards for 'Song of the Year'
'Why Lady Why' (written by Gary Morris and Eddie Setser) (No.4, 1983)

In July 1983, Lynn Anderson saw the release of 'Back' (Permian Records, 1983), which included 'You're Welcome To Tonight', which was written by Jim Hurt, Larry Henley (Wednesday 30 June 1937 - Thursday 18 December 2014) and Grant Boatwright, a duet with Gary Morris, which reached No.9 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1983.

On Monday 2 April 1984, Gary Morris saw the release of 'Faded Blue' (Warner Bros. Records, 1984), which included three tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Between Two Fires' (written by Jan Buckingham, Sam Lorber and JD Martin) (No.7, 1984)
'Second Hand Heart', which was written by Mark Eugene Gray (Friday 24 October 1952 - Friday 2 December 2016), Harold Tipton and Craig Karp (No.7, 1984)
'Baby Bye Bye' (written by Gary Morris and Jamie Brantley) (No.1 for one week in March 1985)

In 1985, Gary Morris saw the release of 'Hits' (Warner Bros. Records, 1985), which included two tracks which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Lasso The Moon' (written by Steve Dorff and Milton Brown) (No.9, 1985)
'Finishing Touches' (No.64, 1987)

On Monday 15 July 1985, Gary Morris Saw the release of 'Anything Goes' (Warner Bros. Records, 1985), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'I'll Never Stop Loving You' (written by Dave Loggins and JD Martin) (No.1 for one week in November 1985)
'100% Chance of Rain' (written by Charlie Black and Austin Roberts) (No.1 for one week in April 1986)
'Anything Goes' (No.26, 1986)

Gary Morris' 'Anything Goes' (Warner Bros. Records, 1985) also included 'Wildflower' (written by Doug Edwards and Dave Richardson), which was released as a single in 1986, and reached No.21 on the RPM Adult Contemporary Chart in February 1986.

On Monday 18 August 1986, Gary Morris saw the release of 'Plain Brown Wrapper' (Warner Bros. Records, 1986), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Honeycomb', which was written by Bob Merrill (Tuesday 17 May 1921 - Tuesday 17 February 1998) (No.27, 1986)
'Leave Me Lonely' (written by Gary Morris) (No.1 for one week in February 1987)
'Plain Brown Wrapper' (written by Gary Morris and Kevin Welch) (No.9, 1987)

In 1987, a romantic comedy film, 'Blind Date', which was directed by Blake Edwards (Wednesday 26 July 1922 - Wednesday 15 December 2010) and starring Kim Basinger and Bruce Willis, was released. This film was the 'official' film debut of Bruce Willis in his first leading role.

The soundtrack to the film was released by Rhino Records in 1987 and one of the tracks, 'Simply Meant To Be', featured vocals from Gary Morris and Jennifer Warnes.

On Tuesday 14 July 1987, Crystal Gayle & Gary Morris saw the release of 'What If We Fall In Love?' (Warner Bros. Records, 1987), which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Makin' Up For Lost Time' (written by Gary Morris and Dave Loggins) (No.1 for one week in February 1986)
'Another World' (written by John Leffler and Ralph Schucket) (No.4, 1987)
'All Of This And More' (written by Becky Foster, Jennifer Kimball and Greg Prestopino) (No.26, 1987)

Crystal Gayle & Gary Morris' 'What If We Fall in Love?' (Warner Bros. Records, 1987) reached No.25 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1987.

'Another World' (written by John Leffler and Ralph Schucket) became the theme song of the NBC daytime soap opera of the same name; Crystal Gayle appeared in a few shows of the series around this time as herself, almost becoming a victim of the serial killer plot which was airing at the time.

'Makin' Up For Lost Time' (written by Gary Morris and Dave Loggins), which was also known as 'The Dallas Lovers' Song', had been previously featured in the night time drama 'Dallas', which aired, in the United States, on CBS from April 1978 to May 1991.

On Tuesday 6 September 1988, Gary Morris saw the release of 'Every Christmas' (Warner Bros. Records, 1988), his first seasonal album, which included the following tracks:

'Silent Night'
'Little Drummer Boy'
'Every Christmas'
'We Three Kings'
'I Wonder As I Wander'
'God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / Joy To The World'
'Away In A Manger'
'Oh Holy Night'
'Silver Bells'
'Carol Of The Bells'

On Monday 1 May 1989, Gary Morris saw the release of 'Stones' (Universal Records, 1989), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Never Had A Love Song' (No.48, 1989)
'The Jaws Of Modern Romance' (No.60, 1989)

A third single, 'So Little Love in The World', was released from Gary Morris' 'Stones' (Universal Records, 1989), but it did not chart.

On Tuesday 2 October 1990, Gary Morris saw the release of 'These Days' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1990), which included one track, which was a hit single on the Billboard country music singles chart:

'Miles Across The Bedroom' (No.47, 1991)

Gary Morris' 'These Days' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1990) also included 'Workin' Man Blues', which was written by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 - Wednesday 6 April 2016).

Merle Haggard recorded 'Workin' Man Blues' and included the track on 'A Portrait of Merle Haggard' (Capitol Records, 1969); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in August 1969.

On Tuesday 10 September 1991, Gary Morris saw the release of 'Full Moon, Empty Heart' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1991), which included one track, which was released as a single; 'One Fall Is All It Takes', however, did not chart on the Billboard country music singles chart.

Following the release of Gary Morris' 'Full Moon, Empty Heart' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1991), his success on the Billboard country music singles chart began to fade, as tastes switched once again to neo-traditional country music. Gary Morris later opened a music publishing office in Nashville, with one of his employees being future star Faith Hill.

In 2001, Gary Morris saw the release of 'Lone Star Knight' (In House Records, 2001) on In House Records, an independent record label and initially restricted sales to his official website.

Gary Morris' 'Lone Star Knight' (In House Records, 2001) was definitely not a country music offering, allowing Gary Morris to approach a more traditional pop music ambience.

Gary Morris also enjoyed a very successful acting career. One of his first big roles was in the Broadway production of 'Les Misérables', as Jean Valjean. The full symphonic recording of 'Les Misérables' was a 'Platinum' selling, Grammy Award-winning album, 'Les Miserables: The Complete Symphonic Recording' (Red Ink Records, 2004), and featured Gary Morris' version of 'Bring Him Home'. Gary Morris has also appeared in a production of Puccini's opera 'La Boheme' with fellow country music/pop music singer Linda Ronstadt.

In the 1980s, Gary Morris did a stint on 'The Colbys' as a blind country music singer who was signed to Dominique Deveraux's record label; 'The Colbys' aired, in the United States, on ABC from November 1985 to March 1987.

In the 1990s, Gary Morris spent a great deal of time working on music projects, such as the PBS special concert production, in Moscow, Russia, in the famous Tretyakov Gallery. Gary Morris returned to country music in the 1990s, performing in concerts and as a record producer. Gary Morris also hosted and also produced The Nashville Network's 'The North American Sportsman'.

On Tuesday 1 January 2008, Gary Morris saw the release of 'I Believe' (Gary Morris Music, 2008), a Gospel music album.

On Monday 25 October 2010, Juice Newton saw the release of 'Duets: Friends & Memories' (Fuel 2000 Records, 2010); the album featured two duets with Gary Morris; 'Still The One' and 'Fooled Around And Fell In Love'.

At the time of the acquisition of this 'Peer's Quote' about Gene Watson, in January 2014, Gary Morris' most recent album was 'Faith And Freedom' (Gary Morris Music, 2011), which was released on Monday 4 July 2011 and was dedicated to the military troops.


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