Gene Watson Wonders Where You’re Crazy Tonight: Friday 8 July 2022

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On Friday 8 July 2022, Gene Watson was, once again, on the road again.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v=Zzz9Nj9UIfY

‘Happy Friday to you.

We enjoyed our time in Shipshewana last night (Thursday 7 July 2022) and now we’re on the bus headed to Winchester, Ohio for the The Red Barn Convention Center show on Saturday night (9 July 2022).

Have you got big plans for the weekend, or should I ask ‘Wonder Where You’re Crazy Tonight?”

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Gene Watson at Epic Records (1985 - 1987)

Gene Watson joined the roster at Epic Records following very successful recording periods with Capitol Records (1975 – 1980) and MCA Records (1980 – 1985).

In July 1985, Gene Watson saw the release of ‘Memories To Burn‘ (Epic Records, 1985), which was co-produced by Gene Watson, along with Farewell Party Band stalwart Larry Booth (Tony Booth‘s younger brother), and included three tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘Cold Summer Day In Georgia’, which was written by Dennis Knutson (Tuesday 3 November 1942 – Monday 27 August 2018) and Arthur Leo ‘Doodle’ Owens (Friday 28 November 1930 – Monday 4 October 1999) (No.24, 1985) / this track also reached No.22 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1985

‘Memories To Burn’, which was written by Warren D. Robb and Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 – Saturday 17 April 2004) (No.5, 1986) / this track also reached No.2 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1985

‘Carmen’ (written by Steve Spurgin) (No.32, 1986) / this track also reached No.27 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1986

Gene Watson’s ‘Memories To Burn‘ (Epic Records, 1985) also included the following tracks:

‘The Note’, which was written by Buck Moore (Wednesday 3 January 1934 – Tuesday 10 September 2013) and Michelle Ray
‘If I Painted A Picture’ (written by L. Williams and C. Browder)
‘I Want My Rib Back’, which was written by Keith Whitley (Thursday 1 July 1954 – Tuesday 9 May 1989) and
Fred Koller
‘Stranger In Our House Tonight’, which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 – Saturday 17 April 2004)
‘The New York Times’, which was written by
Obie Burnett McClinton (Thursday 25 April 1940 – Wednesday 25 September 1987)
‘Speak of The Devil’ (written by J. Ewtah)
‘Get Along Little Doggie’, which was written by Mark La Forme and
Dallas Harms (Thursday 18 July 1935 – Saturday 12 October 2019)

Gene Watson’s ‘Memories To Burn‘ (Epic Records, 1985) reached No.35 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1985.

On Saturday 28 June 1986, Gene Watson saw the release of ‘Starting New Memories‘ (Epic Records, 1986), which was co-produced by Gene Watson, along with Farewell Party Band stalwart Larry Booth, and included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘Bottle of Tears’ (written by Joe Allen, Jimmy Pasquale and D. Lay) (No.50, 1986) / this track also reached No.40 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1986

‘Everything I Used To Do’ (written by Ernie Rowell)
(No.29, 1986) / this track also reached No.27 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1986

Gene Watson ‘Starting New Memories‘ (Epic Records, 1986) also included the following tracks:

‘Completely Out of Love’, which was written by Marty Robbins (Saturday 26 September 1925 – Wednesday 8 December 1982)
‘Almost Like Having You Here’, which was written by
Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 – Saturday 17 April 2004) and Warren D. Robb
‘Take It From Me’ (written by ‘Doc James’ Shapiro)
‘Sittin’ On A Gold Mine’ (written by B. Moore)
‘Atlanta Anymore’, which was written by
Charlie Craig (Friday 30 September 1938 – Friday 1 July 2011) and Keith Stegall

‘Starting New Memories Today’, which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 – Saturday 17 April 2004) and Warren D. Robb / this track reached No.43 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1987, when it was released as the ‘B’ side of the single, ‘Honky Tonk Crazy’, which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 – Sunday 3 March 2002) and Ron Peterson; this latter track was the title of Gene Watson’s third, and final, album for Epic Records, which was released in 1987.

‘I Saved Your Place’ (written by Steve Spurgin)
‘Rollin’ Home’ (written by
Keith Stegall and Brent Mason)

Gene Watson’s ‘Starting New Memories‘ (Epic Records, 1986) reached No.49 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1986.



On Monday 9 May 2011, England’s Hux Records released ‘Memories To Burn‘ (Epic Records, 1985), along with ‘Starting New Memories‘ (Epic Records, 1986), in the United Kingdom and Ireland, as a special 2-for-1 CD set; the 2-for-1 CD set was released worldwide on Tuesday 17 May 2011.

In March 1987, Gene Watson saw the release of ‘Honky Tonk Crazy‘ (Epic Records, 1987), which was produced by legendary country music producer, Billy Sherrill (Thursday 5 November 1936 – Tuesday 4 August 2015), a man who had been at the control desk of many an album project for fellow country music artist George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 – Friday 26 April 2013).

Gene Watson’s ‘Honky Tonk Crazy‘ (Epic Records, 1987) was intended to be a Gene Watson / George Jones duets project and was the only Gene Watson album which was produced by Billy Sherrill (Thursday 5 November 1936 – Tuesday 4 August 2015).  This collaboration between Gene Watson and George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 – Friday 26 April 2013) didn’t happen, due to either time constraints or legal entanglements, or both.

Gene Watson’s ‘Honky Tonk Crazy‘ (Epic Records, 1987) included two tracks, which were hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart:

‘Honky Tonk Crazy’, which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 – Sunday 3 March 2002) and Ron Peterson (No.43, 1987) / this track also reached No.30 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1987

‘Everybody Needs A Hero’, which was written by Troy Seals and Max D. Barnes (Friday 24 July 1936 – Sunday 11 January 2004) (No.28, 1987) / this track also reached No.46 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks Chart in 1987

Gene Watson’s ‘Honky Tonk Crazy‘ (Epic Records, 1987) also included the following tracks:

‘Her Heart Or Mine’, which was written by Don Reid and Harold Reid (Monday 21 August 1939 – Friday 24 April 2020) (The Statler Brothers)
‘I Didn’t Think of You At All’ (written by
Roger Brown)
‘Getting Used To Being Loved Again’, which was written by Eugene David Dobbins (Monday 19 March 1934 – Sunday 23 November 2008) and Glenn Ray (1938 – Thursday 11 June 2020)
‘Nobody’s Baby Tonight’ (written by M. Buckins)
‘I Always Get It Right With You’, which was written by
Joe Allen and Charlie Williams (Friday 20 December 1929 – Thursday 15 October 1992)
‘When She Touches Me’ (written by Charles Quillen and M. McGuire)
‘Ashes To Ashes’ (written by
Joe Chambers, Larry Jenkins and Mark Sherrill)
‘You Took Her Off My Hands’, which was written by Harlan Howard (Thursday 8 September 1927 – Sunday 3 March 2002), Skeets McDonald (Friday 1 October 1915 – Sunday 31 March 1968) and Wynn Stewart (Thursday 7 June 1934 – Wednesday 17 July 1985)

Gene Watson’s ‘Honky Tonk Crazy‘ (Epic Records, 1987) reached No.54 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1987.

Gene Watson’s recording of ‘Wonder Where You’re Crazy Tonight?’ took place during his time at Epic Records (1985 – 1987), but the track was not included on ‘Memories To Burn‘ (Epic Records, 1985), ‘Starting New Memories‘ (Epic Records, 1986) or ‘Honky Tonk Crazy‘ (Epic Records, 1987), and has not been included on any Gene Watson album to date.