Gene Watson Biography – 2006

On Wednesday 12 April 2006, Gene Watson recorded ‘Pretty Paper’, which was written by Willie Nelson, at Hilltop Recording Studio in Nashville.

The recording session at Hilltop Recording Studio in Nashville was overseen by Dave Lindsey, who produced the session for inclusion in a Christmas compilation project.

The project, ‘Still Believing In Christmas’ (Seasong Records, 2006), which was released on Seasong Recordings on Tuesday 21 November 2006, included the following tracks:

‘Merry Christmas To Me’ / this track featured vocals from Lorrie Morgan

‘Pretty Paper’ (written by Willie Nelson)
 / this track featured vocals from Gene Watson

‘Ding-A-Ling (The Christmas Bell)’
 / this track featured vocals from Lynn Anderson (Friday 26 September 1947 – Thursday 30 July 2015)

‘The First Noel’
 / this track featured vocals from Helen Cornelius

‘Happy Birthday, Jesus’
 / this track featured vocals from Porter Wagoner (Friday 12 August 1927 – Sunday 28 October 2007)

‘Christmas In Mexico’
 / this track featured vocals from T.G. Sheppard

‘Bethlehem’
 / this track featured vocals from David Frizzell

‘Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!’
 / this track featured vocals from Tanya Tucker

‘My First Christmas Without You’
 / this track featured vocals from Kelly Lang

‘Twas The Night Before Christmas’
 / this track featured vocals from Little Jimmy Dickens (Sunday 19 December 1920 – Friday 2 January 2015)

‘Winter Wonderland’
 / this track featured vocals from Lloyd Knight

‘One Little Star’
 / this track featured vocals from Crystal Gayle

‘O Holy Night’
 / this track featured vocals from Daryle Singletary (Wednesday 10 March 1971 – Monday 12 February 2018), with The Jordanaires

‘He Would Be King’
 / this track featured vocals from Justin Ryan

‘Still Believing In Christmas’
 / this track featured vocals from Bill Anderson, with The Jordanaires

Willie Nelson recorded ‘Pretty Paper’ (written by Willie Nelson) and included the track on ‘Pretty Paper’ (Columbia Records, 1979).

On Thursday 17 August 2006, while visiting Nashville, Gene Watson took a short tour of the new Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum and had the good fortune to run into his old friend, Joe Stampley.

The curator and owner of the new Musicians Hall of Fame & Museum in Nashville was Joe Chambers (passed away on Wednesday 28 September 2022) whom Gene Watson also knew.

Gene Watson recorded Joe Chambers‘ ‘Ashes To Ashes’ (co-written with Larry Jenkins and Mark Sherrill) and included the track on ‘Honky Tonk Crazy‘ (Epic Records, 1987).

On Thursday 17 August 2006, Joe Stampley, Gene Watson and Joe Chambers (passed away on Wednesday 28 September 2022) enjoyed a nice visit in Nashville.

On Friday 26 February 2016, Gene Watson saw the release of ‘Real.Country.Music‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2016), which included a re-recording of ‘Ashes To Ashes’, which was written by Joe Chambers (passed away on Wednesday 28 September 2022), Larry Jenkins and Mark Sherrill).

• Biography – January 2007