Gene Watson Celebrates Jeannie Seely’s Birthday: Wednesday 6 July 2022

Gene Watson

On Wednesday 6 July 2022, Gene Watson celebrated Jeannie Seely‘s birthday.

Jeannie Seely

‘Help me wish one of the greatest and nicest folks in this business a ‘Happy Birthday’.

Today is Jeannie Seely‘s birthday!

You know she’s one of the best singers, songwriters and entertainers, and she’s also a regular host on The Grand Ole Opry, plus a DJ on SiriusXM Willie’s Roadhouse.  She does it all.

Here’s her Grammy winning song, ‘Don’t Touch Me’, which was written by Hank Cochran (Friday 2 August 1935 – Thursday 15 July 2010)’

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On Thursday 5 May 2005, Jeannie Seely graciously contributed a ‘Peer’s Quote’ about Gene Watson.

On Saturday 12 March 1966Jeannie Seely went into a recording studio and recorded Hank Cochran‘s ‘Don’t Touch Me’.

Jeannie Seely recorded Hank Cochran’s ‘Don’t Touch Me’ and included the track on ‘The Seely Style’ (Monument Records, 1966).

Within only a few weeks, Jeannie Seely’s recording of the track debuted on the Billboard country music singles chart where it stayed for over five months.

Although it held at No.2 for three weeks on the Billboard country music singles chart, the record actually reached No.1 on all the other major charts, including Cashbox and Record World; it was also a crossover hit on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart.

Today, Hank Cochran‘s ‘Don’t Touch Me’ is considered a standard in country music.  Jeannie Seely‘s recording of the song is ranked at No.97 in the book ‘Heartaches By The Number: Country Music’s 500 Greatest Singles’, which was written by David Cantwell and Bill Friskics-Warren.  The book, which was released in 2003, was published by Vanderbilt University Press and Country Music Foundation Press.

Hank Cochran‘s ‘Don‚Äôt Touch Me’ is also included in ‘The Stories Behind Country Music’s All-Time Greatest 100 Songs’, which was written by Ace Collins and published by Boulevard Books; Ace Collins wrote, Hank Cochran‚Äôs ‘Don‚Äôt Touch Me’ has stood the test of time like few other works.  Hauntingly beautiful, poetry set to meter, this composition merits particular praise for the exquisite manner in which it relates its story of love, doubt and commitment’.

On the night of Saturday 16 September 1967Jeannie Seely marked an important milestone in her music career by joining the world-famous Grand Ole Opry in Nashville.  The distinctive-voiced lady, referred to as ‘Miss Country Soul’, became the first and, to date, the only Pennsylvania native to become an Opry member.