Gene Watson’s ‘The Best of Gene Watson’ (Capitol Records, 1978 & 1989)

Gene Watson: 'The best of Gene Watson' (Capitol Records, 1978)
Gene Watson: 'The Best of Gene Watson' (Capitol Records, 1989)

‘The Best of Gene Watson’
Capitol Records ST11782 (1978)
Capitol Records CDP 7916412 (1989)

Gene Watson’s ‘The Best of Gene Watson’ was released by Capitol Records in May 1978 and was subsequently released, on CD (CDP7-91641), in 1989.

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About ‘The Best of Gene Watson’…

Overview
‘Gene Watson was very much a major league artist in the world of country music when this compilation album of (Capitol Records) material was released in May 1978.

Gene Watson’s ‘The Best of Gene Watson’ includes tracks from ‘Gene Watson‘ (Wide World Records, 1969 / Stoneway Records, 1973), ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon‘ (Capitol Records, 1975), ‘Because You Believed in Me‘ (Capitol Records, 1976) and ‘Paper Rosie‘ (Capitol Records, 1977).

Gene Watson’s ‘The Best of Gene Watson’ also included two tracks, ‘Shadows On The Wall’ (written by Thomas Becket) and ‘John’s Back in Town’, both of which were previously released as 45rpm vinyl singles only.

The latter track, ‘John’s Back in Town’, was written by Bill Mack and Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002).

Gene Watson’s ‘The Best of Gene Watson’ reached No.29 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1978, and No.12 on the Canadian RPM Country Albums Chart in 1978.

‘The Best of Gene Watson’
Capitol Records ST11782 (1978)
Capitol Records CDP 7916412 (1989)

1 ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’
Writers: Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003)
Publishers: Jack Music Inc. / BMI

‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’, which was written by Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003), was originally included on ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon‘ (Capitol Records, 1975).

Gene Watson re-recorded ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’, which was written by Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003), and included the track on ‘Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).

2 ‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’
Writer: Nadine Bryant
Publishers: Hotel Publishing Company Ltd / ASCAP

‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’ (written by Nadine Bryant) was originally included on ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon‘ (Capitol Records, 1975).

Gene Watson re-recorded ‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’ (written by Nadine Bryant) and included the track on ‘Gene Watson: Then & Now‘ (Koch Records Nashville, 2005).

Gene Watson & Rhonda Vincent recorded ‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’ (written by Nadine Bryant) and included the track on ‘Your Money & My Good Looks‘ (Upper Management Music, 2011).

3 ‘Because You Believed In Me’
Writers: Arthur Leo ‘Doodle’ Owens (Friday 28 November 1930 – Monday 4 October 1999), Shorty Hall (Walter Harrison Hall) (Tuesday 5 April 1927 – Thursday 21 March 2002) and Gene Vowell
Publishers: Unichappell Music, Inc. / BMI / Belida Music

‘Because You Believed In Me’, which was written by Arthur Leo ‘Doodle’ Owens (Friday 28 November 1930 – Monday 4 October 1999), Shorty Hall (Walter Harrison Hall) (Tuesday 5 April 1927 – Thursday 21 March 2002) and Gene Vowell, was originally included on Gene Watson’s ‘Because You Believed in Me‘ (Capitol Records, 1976).



Gene Watson re-recorded ‘Because You Believed In Me’, which was written by Arthur Leo ‘Doodle’ Owens (Friday 28 November 1930 – Monday 4 October 1999), Shorty Hall (Walter Harrison Hall) (Tuesday 5 April 1927 – Thursday 21 March 2002) and Gene Vowell, and included the track on ‘Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).

4
‘Bad Water’
Writers: Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday (Tuesday 24 July 1934  – Sunday 15 February 1987) and Randy Myers
Publishers: Unart Music Corporation / BMI



‘Bad Water’, which was written by Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday (Tuesday 24 July 1934 – Sunday 15 February 1987) and Randy Myers, was originally included on ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon‘ (Capitol Records, 1975).

5
‘Shadows On The Wall’
Writer: Thomas Becket
Publishers: Ricci Mareno / SESAC

• This was the first time that ‘Shadows On The Wall’ (written by Thomas Becket) was included on LP, having previously been released as a 45rpm vinyl single

6
‘Paper Rosie’
Writer: Dallas Harms (Thursday 18 July 1935 – Saturday 12 October 2019)
Published by Doubleplay Music / Quality Music Publishing Ltd / BMI



‘Paper Rosie’, which was written by Dallas Harms (Thursday 18 July 1935 – Saturday 12 October 2019), was originally included on Gene Watson’s ‘Paper Rosie‘ (Capitol Records, 1977).



Gene Watson re-recorded ‘Paper Rosie’, which was written by Dallas Harms (Thursday 18 July 1935 – Saturday 12 October 2019), and included the track on ‘Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).

7
‘Where Love Begins’
Writer: Ray Griff (Monday 22 April 1940 – Wednesday 9 March 2016)
Publishers: Blue Echo Music / Chappell & Company / ASCAP



‘Where Love Begins’, which was written by Ray Griff (Monday 22 April 1940 – Wednesday 9 March 2016), was originally included on Gene Watson’s ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon‘ (Capitol Records, 1975).



Gene Watson re-recorded ‘Where Love Begins’, which was written by Ray Griff (Monday 22 April 1940 – Wednesday 9 March 2016), and included the track on ‘Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).

8
‘If I’m A Fool For Leaving’
Writers: Skip Graves and Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 – Friday 2 January 2015)
Publishers: Cedarwood Publishing Company, Inc. / BMI



‘If I’m A Fool For Leaving’, which was written by Skip Graves and Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 – Friday 2 January 2015), was originally included on Gene Watson’s self-titled debut album, ‘Gene Watson‘ (Wide World Records, 1969 / Stoneway Records, 1973).



‘If I’m A Fool For Leaving’, which was written by Skip Graves and Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 – Friday 2 January 2015), was also included on Gene Watson’s ‘Because You Believed in Me‘ (Capitol Records, 1976).



Gene Watson re-recorded ‘If I’m A Fool For Leaving’, which was written by Skip Graves and Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 – Friday 2 January 2015), and included the track on Gene watson’s ‘Gene Watson: Then & Now‘ (Koch Records Nashville, 2005).

9
‘John’s Back In Town’
Writers: Bill Mack (Saturday 4 June 1932 – Friday 31 July 2020) and Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002)
Publishers: Glad Music Company / BMI

• This was the first time that ‘John’s Back in Town’, which was written by Bill Mack (Saturday 4 June 1932 – Friday 31 July 2020) and Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002), was included on LP, having been previously released, on Uni Records in 1969, as a 45rpm vinyl single

In 1960Bill Mack (Saturday 4 June 1932 – Friday 31 July 2020) recorded ‘John’s Back In Town’, which was written by Bill Mack (Saturday 4 June 1932 – Friday 31 July 2020) and Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002); the track was released on Wednesday 3 February 1960, as a non-album single on D Records, but it did not chart.

Various Artists: 'The Complete D Singles Collection, Volume 3: The Sounds of Houston, Texas' (Bear Family Records, 2000)

Bill Mack‘s recording of ‘John’s Back In Town’, which was written by Bill Mack (Saturday 4 June 1932 – Friday 31 July 2020) and Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002), was subsequently included on ‘The Complete D Singles Collection, Volume 3: The Sounds of Houston, Texas’ (Bear Family Records, 2000), a various artists compilation.

Waylon Jennings (Tuesday 15 June 1937 – Wednesday 13 February 2002) recorded ‘John’s Back In Town’, which was written by Bill Mack (Saturday 4 June 1932 – Friday 31 July 2020) and Waylon Jennings, and included the track on ‘One & Only’ (RCA Camden Records, 1967).

10
‘Her Body Couldn’t Keep You (Off My Mind)’
Writer: Ray Griff (Monday 22 April 1940 – Wednesday 9 March 2016)
Publishers: Blue Echo Music / ASCAP



‘Her Body Couldn’t Keep You (Off My Mind)’, which was written by Ray Griff (Monday 22 April 1940 – Wednesday 9 March 2016), was originally included on Gene Watson’s ‘Because You Believed in Me‘ (Capitol Records, 1976).



On Tuesday 3 December 2002, England’s Hux Records released Gene Watson’s ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon‘ (Capitol Records, 1975), along with Gene Watson’s ‘Paper Rosie‘ (Capitol Records, 1977), as a special 2-for-1 CD set.



On Monday 26 September 2005, England’s Hux Records released Gene Watson’s ‘Because You Believed in Me‘ (Capitol Records, 1976), along with Gene Watson’s ‘Beautiful Country‘ (Capitol Records, 1977), as a special 2-for-1 CD set.

 Gene Watson: 'The Best of Gene Watson' (Capitol Records, 1989)

‘The Best of Gene Watson’
Capitol Records ST11782 (1978)

Capitol Records CDP 7916412 (1989)