Gene Watson Peer’s Quote from David Wills: May 2024

Gene Watson's Peers

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 2024, 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 David Wills, which he submitted to this site on Friday 3 May 2024.

Sean Brady would like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to David Wills who made a special contribution to this unique part of this online ‘celebration of a Lone Star Hero’.

Sean Brady would also like to take this opportunity to say ‘thank you’ to Wesley Fricks of Tugalo Records in Royston, Georgia without whom this Gene Watson ‘Peer’s Quote’ from David Wills would not have been possible.

David Wills

David Wills
This quote was submitted on Friday 3 May 2024.

‘Gene and I came into mainstream country music at roughly the same time.

Gene Watson: 'Reflections' (Capitol Records, 1978)

Love In The Hot Afternoon‘ was always on my set list, although ‘Farewell Party‘ never sounded like Gene when I sang it.

What a set of pipes still!

Congratulations, Gene, on your amazing career’

Thank you, David Wills, for your support of Gene Watson.



About David Wills…

David Wills

David Wills was born David Steinfath on Tuesday 23 October 1951 in Pulaski, Tennessee, the son of John and Roberta Steinfath.

David Wills’ talented Mom bought him his first guitar when he was 9 years old, and basically taught him how to play. As he became a teenager, David Wills started playing with local bands around Pulaski, and later earned a spot in a new rock ‘n’ roll band called Dynamic Downbeats with lifelong friend, Frank Speers.

When David Wills started high school, his Dad took a job in Huntsville, Alabama.

David Wills’ career began after he won a talent contest in Lakeland, Tennessee, right outside of Memphis.


Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 - Tuesday 25 July 1995)
Charlie Rich
(Wednesday 14 December 1932 – Tuesday 25 July 1995)

In 1974, two years after moving to Memphis, David Wills entered a talent contest in Southaven, Mississippi. One of the judges, Seymour ‘Sy’ Rosenberg, was a Memphis attorney who managed Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 – Tuesday 25 July 1995).

Seymour ‘Sy’ Rosenberg approached David Wills and offered him a recording contract, and it was at Seymour ‘Sy’ Rosenberg’s instigation that David Wills change his name.

At that point, Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 – Tuesday 25 July 1995) was among the most successful artists in both pop music and country music and, as part of his contract with Epic Records, Charlie Rich and Seymour ‘Sy’ Rosenberg could produce artists for the label.

In August 1974, Seymour ‘Sy’ Rosenberg and Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 – Tuesday 25 July 1995) brought David Wills to Nashville for recording sessions that yielded his first album, ‘Barrooms To Bedrooms’ (Epic Records, 1975), and his two Top 10 country hit singles, ‘There’s A Song On The Jukebox’ and ‘From Barrooms To Bedrooms’.

Within a few months, David Wills was playing at famous venues, such as Madison Square Garden, while touring with Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 – Tuesday 25 July 1995).

With his trademark rich baritone voice and his passion for artistically orchestrating the perfect alignment of words in a great country song, David Wills has been recognised as one of Nashville’s leading singers and songwriters for decades.


David Wills: 'Barrooms To Bedrooms' (Epic Records, 1975)

In February 1975, David Wills saw the release of ‘Barrooms To Bedrooms’ (Epic Records, 1975), his debut album, which included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘There’s A Song On The Jukebox’, which was written by Billy Sherrill (Thursday 5 November 1936 – Tuesday 4 August 2015) and Carmol Taylor (Saturday 5 September 1931 – Friday 5 December 1986) (No.10, 1975) / this track also reached No.5 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1975

‘From Barrooms To Bedrooms’ (written by David Wills and Seymour ‘Sy’ Rosenberg) (No.10, 1975) / this track also reached No.7 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1975

‘Barmaid’ (written by T.J. White) (No.31, 1975)

David Wills’ debut album, ‘Barrooms To Bedrooms’ (Epic Records, 1975), also included the following tracks:

‘You’re A Better Man Than Me’ (written by C. Chalmers and S. Rhodes)
‘God Made Woman, Devil Made Man’ (written by B.L. Morris)
‘I Can’t Even Drink It Away’, which was written by Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 – Tuesday 25 July 1995)
‘Sittin’ & Thinkin’, which was written by Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 – Tuesday 25 July 1995)
‘My Mountain Dew’, which was written by Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 – Tuesday 25 July 1995)
‘Make Me Hate You’ (written by G. Edwards)
‘I’ll Be More Than Happy (To Set You Free)’, which was written by Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 – Tuesday 25 July 1995)

David Wills’ ‘Barrooms To Bedrooms’ (Epic Records, 1975) reached No.13 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1975.


David Wills: 'Everybody's Country' (Epic Records, 1975)

In November 1975, David Wills saw the release of ‘Everybody’s Country’ (Epic Records, 1975), which included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘She Deserves My Very Best’ (written by B. Duncan) (No.35, 1975) / this track also reached No.48 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1975

‘Queen of The Starlight Ballroom’ (written by B. Duncan) (No.47, 1976)

David Wills’ ‘Everybody’s Country’ (Epic Records, 1975) also included the following tracks:

‘Let’s Get Naked’ (written by R. Earwood)
‘All Over Me’, which was written by Ben Peters (Tuesday 20 June 1933 – Wednesday 25 May 2005)
‘Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp’, which was written by Dallas Frazier (Friday 27 October 1939 – Friday 14 January 2022)
‘You’re All Over This Place’ (written by R. Livingston and David Wills)
‘I Need A Thing Called Love’, which was written by Charlie Rich (Wednesday 14 December 1932 – Tuesday 25 July 1995)
‘You Love The Leaving Out of Me’ (written by R. Earwood)
‘Lady of The Evening’ (written by M. Baldwin and J. Bilotta)
‘Long Tall Sally’, which was written by Robert Alexander ‘Bumps’ Blackwell (23 May 1918 – Saturday 9 March 1985), Enotris Johnson and Little Richard (Monday 5 December 1932 – Saturday 9 May 2020)

David Wills’ ‘Everybody’s Country’ (Epic Records, 1975) reached No.31 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1975.


David Wills toured as Charlie Rich’s opening act for two years, before moving to Nashville in 1976. There, he joined United Artists Records.

David Wills also began songwriting with Blake Mevis (1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022), who ran Charley Pride’s music publishing company, and Bill Shore.

David Wills opened for Charley Pride (Friday 18 March 1934 – Saturday 12 December 2020) until 1980.

Blake Mevis (1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022) left Charley Pride’s company and persuaded MCA Records to sign George Strait.


Between 1976 and 1980, David Wills saw the release of a number of non-album tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘Woman’ (written by B. Webb, also known as John Lennon (Wednesday 9 October 1940 – Monday 8 December 1980) and Paul McCartney (No.55, 1976) / this single, which also reached No.32 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1976, was produced by Henry Strzelecki (Tuesday 8 August 1939 – Monday 29 December 2014), and was released by Epic Records

‘(I’m Just Pouring Out) What She Bottled Up In Me’ (written by D. Owens and J. Vowell) (No.66, 1976) / this single was released by Epic Records

‘The Best Part of My Days (Are My Nights with You)’ (written by Robert Allen Zimmerman, also known as Bob Dylan) (No.52, 1977) / this single was released by United Artists Records

‘Cheatin’ Turns Her On’, which was written by Jimmy Payne (Sunday 12 April 1936 – Monday 15 May 2023) and William R. Holmes (1941 – 2014) (No.91, 1977) / this single was released by United Artists Records

‘Do You Wanna Make Love’ (written by R. McCann) (No.82, 1977) / this single was released by United Artists Records

‘You Snap Your Fingers (& I’m Back In Your Hands)’ (written by John Schweers) (No.70, 1978) / this single was released by United Artists Records

‘I’m Being Good’ (written by A. Jordan and N. Martin) (No.50, 1979) / this single was released by United Artists Records

‘Endless’, which was written by G. Harrison and Don Pfrimmer (Thursday 9 September 1937 – Monday 7 December 2015) (No.82, 1979) / this single was released by United Artists Records

‘She’s Hangin’ In There (I’m Hangin’ Out)’, which was written by David Wills, Charles William Quillen (Monday 21 March 1938 – Friday 19 August 2022) and Dean Dillon (No.91, 1980) / this single was released by United Artists Records

‘The Light of My Life (Has Gone Out Again Tonight)’ (written by Buzz Rabin) (No.65, 1980) / this single was released by United Artists Records


Con Hunley: 'Don't It Break Your Heart' (Warner Bros. Records, 1980)

Con Hunley recorded David Wills’ ‘They Never Lost You’, which was co-written with Charles William Quillen (Monday 21 March 1938 – Friday 19 August 2022), and included the track on ‘Don’t It Break Your Heart’ (Warner Bros. Records, 1980); the track reached No.19 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1980.


Blake Mevis (1949 - Wednesday 9 February 2022)
Blake Mevis
(1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022)

George Strait: 'Strait Country' (MCA Records, 1981)

On Friday 4 September 1981, George Strait saw the release of his debut album, ‘Strait Country’ (MCA Records, 1981), which was produced by Blake Mevis (1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022); one of the included tracks was ‘If You’re Thinking You Want A Stranger (There’s One Coming Home)’ (written by Blake Mevis and David Wills), which reached No.3 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1981, and No.2 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1981.


George Strait: 'Strait Country' (MCA Records, 1981)

George Strait recorded David Wills’ ‘She’s Playing Hell Trying To Get Me To Heaven’, which was co-written with Dean Dillon and Charles William Quillen (Monday 21 March 1938 – Friday 19 August 2022), and included the track on his debut album, ‘Strait Country’ (MCA Records, 1981), which was produced by Blake Mevis (1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022).


Charley Pride: 'Roll On Mississippi' (RCA Records, 1981)

Charley Pride (Friday 18 March 1934 – Saturday 12 December 2020) recorded David Wills’ ‘Taking The Easy Way Out’, which was co-written with Kent M. Robbins (Wednesday 23 April 1947 – Saturday 27 December 1997), and included the track on ‘Roll On Mississippi’ (RCA Victor Records, 1981).


Charley Pride: 'Roll On Mississippi' (RCA Records, 1981)

Charley Pride (Friday 18 March 1934 – Saturday 12 December 2020) recorded David Wills’ ‘She’s As Good As Gone’, which was co-written with Charles William Quillen (Monday 21 March 1938 – Friday 19 August 2022), and included the track on ‘Roll On Mississippi’ (RCA Victor Records, 1981).


Charley Pride: 'Roll On Mississippi' (RCA Records, 1981)

Charley Pride (Friday 18 March 1934 – Saturday 12 December 2020) recorded David Wills’ ‘Make It Special Again’ (co-written with Gary Harrison) and included the track on ‘Roll On Mississippi’ (RCA Victor Records, 1981).


Charley Pride: 'Charley Sings Everybody's Choice' (RCA Records, 1982)

Charley Pride (Friday 18 March 1934 – Saturday 12 December 2020) recorded David Wills’ ‘I Haven’t Loved This Way In Years’ (co-written with Bill Shore) and included the track on ‘Charley Sings Everybody’s Choice’ (RCA Victor Records, 1982).


George Strait: 'Strait From The Heart' (MCA Records, 1982)

George Strait recorded David Wills’ ‘The Steal of The Night’, which was co-written with Bill Shore and Blake Mevis (1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022), and included the track on ‘Strait From The Heart’ (MCA Records, 1982), which was produced by Blake Mevis.


Charley Pride: 'Night Games' (RCA Records, 1983)

Charley Pride (Friday 18 March 1934 – Saturday 12 December 2020) recorded David Wills’ ‘Lovin’ It Up (Livin’ It Down)’ (co-written with Bill Shore and Byron Gallimore) and included the track on ‘Night Games’ (RCA Victor Records, 1983).


Charley Pride: 'Night Games' (RCA Records, 1983)

Charley Pride (Friday 18 March 1934 – Saturday 12 December 2020) recorded David Wills’ ‘I Could Let Her Get Close to Me (But She Could Never Get Close to You)’, which was co-written with Bill Shore and Blake Mevis (1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022), and included the track on ‘Night Games’ (RCA Victor Records, 1983).


David Wills: 'New Beginnings' (RCA Victor Records, 1984)

In January 1984, David Wills saw the release of ‘New Beginnings’ (RCA Victor Records, 1984), a mini-album, which included four tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘Those Nights, These Days’ (written by R. Rogers) (No.52, 1983)

‘The Eyes of A Stranger’ (written by S. Davis) (No.19, 1983)

‘Miss Understanding’, which was written by Bill Shore, David Wills, Blake Mevis (1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022) and Byron Gallimore (No.26, 1984) / this track also reached No.44 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1984

‘Lady In Waiting’ (written by David Wills and Bill Shore) (No.31, 1984)

David Wills’ mini album, ‘New Beginnings’ (RCA Victor Records, 1984), included the following tracks:

‘Too Good To Be Blue’, which was written by Bill Shore, David Wills, Blake Mevis (1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022) and Byron Gallimore

‘One More Shot’ (written by JD Martin and Susan Longacre)


In 1984, David Wills saw the release, on RCA Records, of ‘Macon Love’ (written by Randy Albright, Jim Elliott and Mark D. Sanders), a non-album single, which reached No.69 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1984.


Moe Bandy: 'Motel Matches' (Columbia Records, 1984)

Moe Bandy recorded David Wills’ ‘Lovin’ It Up (Livin’ It Down)’ (co-written with Bill Shore and Byron Gallimore) and included the track on ‘Motel Matches’ (Columbia Records, 1984).


Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley: 'The Good Ol' Boys: Alive & Well' (Columbia Records, 1984)

Moe Bandy & Joe Stampley recorded David Wills’ ‘Wildlife Sanctuary’, which was co-written with Byron Gallimore, Blake Mevis (1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022) and Bill Shore, and included the track on ‘The Good Ol’ Boys: Alive & Well’ (Columbia Records, 1984), which was produced by Blake Mevis.


Sawyer Brown: 'Sawyer Brown' (Capitol Records / Curb Records, 1984)

Sawyer Brown recorded David Wills’ ‘Leona’ (co-written with Bill Shore) and included the track on ‘Sawyer Brown’ (Capitol Records / Curb Records, 1984); the track reached No.16 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1984.


John Schneider: 'A Memory Like You' (MCA Records, 1986)

John Schneider recorded David Wills’ ‘You’re The Last Thing I Needed Tonight’, which was co-written with Don Pfrimmer (Thursday 9 September 1937 – Monday 7 December 2015), and included the track on ‘A Memory Like You’ (MCA Records, 1986); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in August 1986.


Janie Fricke: 'After Midnight' (Columbia Records, 1987)

Janie Fricke recorded David Wills’ ‘I Don’t Like Being Lonely’ (co-written with John English and Bob Moulds) and included the track on ‘After Midnight’ (Columbia Records, 1987).


In 1988, David Wills saw the release, on Epic Records, of ‘Paper Thin Walls’ (written by David Wills and G. Payne), a non-album single, which reached No.85 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1988.


David Wills: 'Line On Love' (Gateway Entertainment, 1988)

It was also in 1988 when David Wills saw the release of ‘Line On Love’ (Gateway Entertainment, 1988), which included the following tracks:

‘Line On Love’ (written by David Wills, Rick West and James Dean Hicks) / this track was also recorded by John Michael Montgomery, who included it on his debut album, ‘Life’s A Dance’ (Atlantic Records, 1992)

‘Momma Prayed For Us’

‘You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are’ (written by David Wills and Carl Jackson) / this track was also recorded by Patty Loveless, who included it on ‘Only What I Feel’ (MCA Records, 1993)

‘El Diablo Road’
‘Get Right Or Get Left’
‘Neon Cross’
‘New White Robe’
‘A Better Man’
‘The Best Friend Love Ever Had’
‘On The Rural Route’


Garth Brooks: 'No Fences' (Capitol Nashville Records, 1990)

Garth Brooks recorded David Wills’ ‘Wild Horses’ (co-written with Bill Shore) and included the track on ‘No Fences’ (Capitol Nashville Records, 1990); the track was not released as a single until November 2000, when it was released with a re-recorded vocal track, peaking at No.7 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 2000, and reaching No.50 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 2000.

‘Wild Horses’ was subsequently included on Garth Brooks’ ‘The Garth Brooks Collection’ (Capitol Nashville Records, 1994), and Garth Brooks’ ‘The Limited Series’ (Capitol Nashville Records / Pearl Records, 1998).


Lacy J. Dalton: 'Lacy J.' (Capitol Records, 1990)

Lacy J. Dalton recorded David Wills’ ‘Walk That Line’ (co-written with Rick West) and included the track on ‘Lacy J’ (Capitol Records, 1990).


Martina McBride: 'The Time Has Come' (RCA Records, 1992)

Martina McBride recorded David Wills’ ‘Walk That Line’ (co-written with Rick West) and included the track on ‘The Time Has Come’ (RCA Records, 1992).


John Michael Montgomery: 'Life's A Dance' (Atlantic Records, 1992)

John Michael Montgomery recorded David Wills’ ‘Line On Love’ (co-written with Rick West and James Dean Hicks) and included the track on ‘Life’s A Dance’ (Atlantic Records, 1992).


Patty Loveless: 'Only What I Feel' (MCA Records, 1993)

Patty Loveless recorded David Wills’ ‘You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are’ (co-written with Carl Jackson) and included the track on ‘Only What I Feel’ (MCA Records, 1993).


Chris LeDoux: 'Under This Old Hat' (Liberty Records, 1993)

Chris LeDoux (Saturday 2 October 1948 – Wednesday 9 March 2005) recorded David Wills’ ‘Soft Place To Fall’ (co-written with Bill Shore) and included the track on ‘Under This Old Hat’ (Liberty Records, 1993).


Michael English: 'Hope' (Curb Records, 1993)

Michael English recorded David Wills’ ‘Holding Out Hope To You’ (co-written with Brian White and Jeff Beck) and included the track on ‘Hope’ (Curb Records, 1993); the song won ‘Inspirational Recorded Song of The Year’ at the 1994 Dove Awards.


Various Artists: 'Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album' (BNA Records, 1994)

On Tuesday 27 September 1994, BNA Records released ‘Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album’ (BNA Records, 1994), a tribute album to Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 – Tuesday 9 May 1989), which included renditions of Keith Whitley’s songs by various country music artists, and an original composition called ‘Little Boy Lost’.

‘Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album’ (BNA Records, 1994) also included four previously unreleased Keith Whitley demos from 1984, which were enhanced by the album’s producer, Blake Mevis (1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022); one of the four songs was ‘Charlotte’s In North Carolina’, which was written by Dean Dillon, Blake Mevis (1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022), Kent M. Robbins (Wednesday 23 April 1947 – Saturday 27 December 1997) and David Wills.


Jennifer Weatherly: 'Lucky Day' (JK Records, 1995)

Jennifer Weatherly recorded David Wills’ ‘You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are’ (co-written with Carl Jackson) and included the track on ‘Lucky Day’ (JK Records, 1995).


The Whites (Sharon White, Cheryl White and Buck White): 'Give a Little Back' (Step One Records, 1996)

The Whites (Sharon White, Cheryl White and Buck White) recorded David Wills’ ‘Walk That Line’ (co-written with Rick West) and included the track on ‘Give A Little Back’ (Step One Records, 1996).


Toby Keith: 'Boomtown' (Mercury Records, 1994)

Toby Keith (Saturday 8 July 1961 – Monday 5 February 2024) recorded David Wills’ ‘No Honour Among Thieves’ (co-written with Crow) and included the track on ‘Boomtown’ (Mercury Records, 1994).


Rhonda Vincent: 'Back Home Again' (Rounder Records, 2000)

Rhonda Vincent recorded David Wills’ ‘You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are’ (co-written with Carl Jackson) and included the track on ‘Back Home Again’ (Rounder Records, 2000).


Jennifer Weatherly recorded David Wills’ ‘You Don’t Know How Lucky You Are’ (co-written with Carl Jackson) and included the track on ‘Lucky Day’ (JK Records, 2000).


Charley Pride: 'Christmas In My Home Town' (Music City Records, 2013 / RCA Victor Records, 1970)

Charley Pride (Friday 18 March 1934 – Saturday 12 December 2020) recorded Blake Mevis’ ‘Christmas Without Mary’ (co-written with William Shore and David Wills) and saw the track included, as one of three bonus tracks, on the CD issue of ‘Christmas In My Home Town’ (Music City Records, 2013); the original LP version of Charley Pride‘s ‘Christmas In My Home Town’ was released by RCA Victor Records in November 1970.


In the summer of 2021, plans began to materialise between David Wills and Georgia native, Wesley Fricks, to release two albums containing songs David Wills had written.


David Wills: 'The Singer, The Songwriter' (Tugalo Records, 2022)

The first album, ‘The Singer, The Songwriter’ (Tugalo Records, 2022), was released in November 2022, and included the following tracks, which David Wills had either recorded, or written for other country music artists:

‘There’s A Song On The Jukebox’, which was written by Billy Sherrill (Thursday 5 November 1936 – Tuesday 4 August 2015) and Carmol Taylor (Saturday 5 September 1931 – Friday 5 December 1986) / the original version of this track was recorded by David Wills, who included it on his debut album, ‘Barrooms To Bedrooms’ (Epic Records, 1975); David Wills’ version of the track reached No.10 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1975, and No.5 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1975

‘From Barrooms To Bedrooms’ (written by David Wills and Seymour ‘Sy’ Rosenberg) / the original version of this track was recorded by David Wills, who included it on his debut album, ‘Barrooms To Bedrooms’ (Epic Records, 1975); David Wills’ version of the track reached No.10 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1975, and No.7 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1975

‘Paper Thin Walls’ (written by David Wills and G. Payne) / the original version of this track was recorded by David Wills, as a non-album single on Epic Records, which reached No.85 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1988.

‘If You Thinking You Want A Stranger (There’s One Coming Home)’, which was written by Blake Mevis (1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022) and David Wills / the original version of this track was recorded by George Strait, who included it on his debut album, ‘Strait Country’ (MCA Records, 1981); George Strait’s version of the track reached No.3 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1981, and No.2 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1981

‘You’re The Last Thing I Needed Tonight’, which was written by David Wills and Don Pfrimmer (Thursday 9 September 1937 – Monday 7 December 2015) / the original version of this track was recorded by John Schneider, who included it on ‘A Memory Like You’ (MCA Records, 1986); John Schneider‘s version of the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for one week in August 1986

‘Leona’ (written by David Wills and Bill Shore) / the original version of this track was recorded by Sawyer Brown, who included it on their self-titled album, ‘Sawyer Brown’ (Capitol Records / Curb Records, 1984); Sawyer Brown’s version of the track reached No.16 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1984

‘Wild Horses’ (written by David Wills and Bill Shore) / the original version of this track was recorded by Garth Brooks, who included it on ‘No Fences’ (Capitol Nashville Records, 1990); Garth Brooks’ version of the track was not released as a single until November 2000, when it was issued with a re-recorded vocal track, peaking at No.7 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks Chart in 2000, and reaching No.50 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 2000

‘Wild Horses’ (written by David Wills and Bill Shore) was subsequently included on Garth Brooks’ ‘The Garth Brooks Collection’ (Capitol Nashville Records, 1994), and Garth Brooks’ ‘The Limited Series’ (Capitol Nashville Records / Pearl Records, 1998)

‘Charlotte’s In North Carolina’, which was written by Dean Dillon, Blake Mevis (1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022), Kent M. Robbins (Wednesday 23 April 1947 – Saturday 27 December 1997) and David Wills / the original version of this track was recorded, as a demo, by Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 – Tuesday 9 May 1989) in 1984, and was one of four demos included on ‘Keith Whitley: A Tribute Album’ (BNA Records, 1994), all of which were enhanced by the album’s producer, Blake Mevis

‘Line On Love’ (written by David Wills, Rick West and James Dean Hicks) / the original version of this track was recorded by John Michael Montgomery, who included it on his debut album, ‘Life’s A Dance’ (Atlantic Records, 1992)

‘Before You’re Through Hurting Me’

‘Poor Boys’ (written by David Wills, Bill Shore and John) / this track was listed as a ‘bonus track’

Personnel involved in the recording of David Wills’ ‘The Singer, The Songwriter’ (Tugalo Records, 2022) included the following:

David Wills (vocals)
Duncan Mullins (session leader, bass guitar)
James Mitchell (electric guitar)
John D. Willis (acoustic guitar, banjo)
Mike Johnson (steel guitar, Dobro)
Gary Prim (piano)
Larry Franklin (fiddle)
John Hammond and Lonnie Wilson (drums)
Rodney Ingle (background vocals)


David Wills: 'Just For The Record' (Tugalo Records, 2023)

The second album, ‘Just For The Record’ (Tugalo Records, 2023), was an album, which was full of songs David Wills wrote that had never been recorded before.

David Wills’ ‘Just For The Record’ (Tugalo Records, 2023), which was released on Friday 6 January 2023, included the following tracks:

‘Sweet’
‘Not To Mention My Heart’
‘You Ought To See Her In Love’
‘Thank God I’m A Cowboy’
‘Lying In The Sun On The Beach’
‘When A Plan Comes Together’
‘Stained Glass’
‘I Love You More’
‘Jesus Lives Here’
‘Don’t Do Anything I Wouldn’t Do’
‘Life Behind Bars’


With more than 35 million copies of his songs sold, David Wills continues to be a songwriting sensation.

The singer/songwriter worked for Charley Pride (Friday 18 March 1934 – Saturday 12 December 2020) Music Group for more than four decades.

David Wills was a BMI songwriter for Charley Pride (Friday 18 March 1934 – Saturday 12 December 2020) Music Group, along with Blake Mevis (1949 – Wednesday 9 February 2022) and Bob Moulds.

David Wills wrote for Charley Pride (Friday 18 March 1934 – Saturday 12 December 2020) Music Group for 40 years.


David Wills