Gene Watson Reflects On 60 Years In Country Music: Monday 31 January 2022

Gene Watson

On Monday 31 January 2022Gene Watson reflected on his 60 years in country music.

‘Thanks to all of you for your congratulations on my 60th Anniversary this year in the music business.

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My office was asking me more about my first single from 1962, ‘If It’s That Easy’ (written by Gene Watson), so I thought I’d share more on that.

Gene Watson's first single, 'If It's That Easy' (written by Gene Watson) (Sun Valley Records, 1962)

I did write the A and B sides of that single.  For younger readers, I’m talking about a 45 rpm single and the ‘A’ side was generally meant to be promoted to radio, while the ‘B’ side was often a song a label thought might not be accepted on radio.

We’ve talked before about some famous ‘B’ sides, including Elvis Presley’s ‘Hound Dog’ and The Righteous Brothers’ ‘Unchained Melody’.

In the case of my first single, we didn’t think either side was going to be a radio smash.  We mainly made the single to help my club bookings.

The drummer, Ray Whitlock, put up the money for the sessions, and he was the one with the publishing company.  I didn’t know much of anything about the music business back then, so we just put his name down as the writer.  The single didn’t go platinum or even plywood, so not having my name listed as the songwriter didn’t come to much in the big scheme of things’

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