Gene Watson Peer’s Quote from Glenn Douglas Tubb: April 2013

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 by The Gene Watson Fan Site, during 2013, 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 Glenn Douglas Tubb, which he submitted to this site on Tuesday 30 April 2013.

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

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Glenn Douglas Tubb
This quote was submitted on Tuesday 30 April 2013.

‘I’m not as familiar with Gene as Dave Lindsey is, because they became good friends over the years.

I am familiar with his music and his talent.

He still sings true country, which to me is the most important thing any singer in our business can do.

Gene has one of the most powerful voices, ever.

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

When he does ‘Farewell Party‘, which was written by Lawton Williams (Monday 24 July 1922 – Thursday 26 July 2007), I am always afraid he will not hit that note, but he always does.

I am a fan of his and an admirer, from among his peers.

I consider him one of the greats in our business and I hope he continues to bless us with his music for many more years’

Thank you, Glenn Douglas Tubb, for your support of Gene Watson.



About Glenn Douglas Tubb…

Glenn Douglas Tubb

Glenn Douglas Tubb was born on Porter Street in San Antonio, Texas and grew up in a duplex, which was shared by his Uncle, Ernest Tubb (Monday 9 February 1914 – Thursday 6 September 1984).

Ernest Tubb (Monday 9 February 1914 - Thursday 6 September 1984)

In 1952, Glenn Douglas Tubb wrote a hit song for his Uncle, Ernest Tubb (Monday 9 February 1914 – Thursday 6 September 1984).

Glenn Douglas Tubb began his career as Glenn Douglas, dropping the Tubb name, to escape the shadow of his uncle.

Glenn Douglas gained a recording deal with Decca Records, which would later become MCA Records.

Glenn Douglas: 'Heartbreak Alley' (Decca Records, 1958)

While with Decca Records, Glenn Douglas saw the release, in 1958, of his first album, ‘Heartbreak Alley’ (Decca Records, 1958), which included the following tracks:

‘I Won’t Care’ (written by Glenn Douglas)
‘My Heart’s Upset Again’ (written by Glenn Douglas, Roy Duke and Ted Edlin)
‘It’s Nearly Over’, which was written by Vic McAlpin (Monday 4 February 1918 – Friday 18 January 1980) and Glenn Douglas
‘Slow Heartbreak’ (written by Glenn Douglas)
‘Baby’s Gone Again’ (written by Glenn Douglas)
‘Without A Dream’ (written by Glenn Douglas)
‘You Sure Look Lonesome’ (written by Glenn Douglas and Bob Hutchison)
‘End of My Rainbow’ (written by Glenn Douglas and Rod Brassfield)
‘Let Me Cry Alone’ (written by Glenn Douglas)
‘It’s Not Worth The Chance’ (written by Glenn Douglas)
‘In My Dreams (Instead of In My Arms)’ (written by Glenn Douglas and Roy Duke)
‘I’d Rather Be A Fool’ (written by Glenn Douglas)

Johnny Cash: 'Johnny Cash Sings The Songs That Made Him Famous' (Sun Records, 1958)

Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 – Friday 12 September 2003) recorded Glenn Douglas’ ‘Home of The Blues’ (co-written with Johnny Cash and Lillie McAlpine) and included the track on ‘Johnny Cash Sings The Songs That Made Him Famous’ (Sun Records, 1958); the track reached No.3 on the Billboard country musc singles chart in 1958, and No.88 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1958.

The Wilburn Brothers: 'Greatest Hits' (Varese-Sarabande Records, 2005)

In 1963, The Wilburn Brothers – Doyle Wilburn (Monday 7 July 1930 – Saturday 16 October 1982) and Teddy Wilburn (Monday 30 November 1931 – Monday 24 November 2003) – saw the release of ‘Tell Her So’ (written by Glenn Douglas), a non album single, which reached No.10 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1963; the track was subsequently included on The Wilburn Brothers’ ‘Greatest Hits’ (Varese-Sarabande Records, 2005) in 2005.

Charlie Louvin: 'Less & Less / I Don't Love You Anymore' (Capitol Records, 1964)

Charlie Louvin (Thursday 7 July 1927 – Wednesday 26 January 2011) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘I Don’t Want It’ and included the track on ‘Less & Less / I Don’t Love You Anymore’ (Capitol Records, 1964).

Kitty Wells: 'Burning Memories' (Decca Records, 1965)

Kitty Wells (Saturday 30 August 1919 – Monday 16 July 2012) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘You Don’t Love Me (But You’re Afraid Somebody Will)’ (co-written with Bob Gallion) and included the track on ‘Burning Memories’ (Decca Records, 1965).

Charlie Louvin: 'The Many Moods of Charlie Louvin' (Capitol Records, 1965)

Charlie Louvin (Thursday 7 July 1927 – Wednesday 26 January 2011) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Month of Sundays’ and included the track on ‘The Many Moods of Charlie Louvin’ (Capitol Records, 1965).

Ernest Tubb: 'My Pick of The Hits' (Decca Records, 1965)

Ernest Tubb (Monday 9 February 1914 – Thursday 6 September 1984) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Tell Her So’ and included the track on ‘My Pick of The Hits’ (Decca Records, 1965).

Charlie Louvin: 'I Forgot To Cry' (Capitol Records, 1967)

Charlie Louvin (Thursday 7 July 1927 – Wednesday 26 January 2011) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Sunday Morning’ and included the track on ‘I Forgot To Cry’ (Capitol Records, 1967).

Henson Cargill: 'Skip A Rope' (Monument Records, 1968)

Henson Cargill (Wednesday 5 February 1941 – Saturday 24 March 2007) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Skip A Rope’ (co-written with Jack Moran) and included the track on ‘Skip A Rope’ (Monument Records, 1968); the track was No.1 on the Billboard country music singles chart for five weeks in February / March 1968.

Henson Cargill’s ‘Skip A Rope’ (written by Glenn Douglas Tubb and Jack Moran), which sold more than 500,000 copies, also reached No.25 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music singles chart in 1968, and earned a Grammy Award nomination.

Nat Stuckey: 'Nat Stuckey Sings' (RCA Records, 1968)

Nat Stuckey (Sunday 17 December 1933 – Wednesday 24 August 1988) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Mr. America’ (co-written with Jack Moran) and included the track on ‘Nat Stuckey Sings’ (RCA Records, 1968).

• On Saturday 25 January 2014, Ann M. Stuckey submitted a ‘Peer’s Quote’ about Gene Watson.

Conway Twitty: 'Here's Conway Twitty' (Decca Records, 1968)

Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 – Saturday 5 June 1993) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Skip A Rope’ (co-written with Jack Moran) and included the track on ‘Here’s Conway Twitty’ (Decca Records, 1968).

Joe Tex: 'Soul Country' (Atlantic Records, 1968)

Joe Tex (Thursday 8 August 1935 – Friday 13 August 1982) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Skip A Rope’ (co-written with Jack Moran) and included the track on ‘Soul Country’ (Atlantic Records, 1968).

Bobby Bare: 'Margie's At The Lincoln Park Inn' (RCA Victor Records, 1969)

Bobby Bare recorded recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Skip A Rope’ (co-written with Jack Moran) and included the track on ‘Margie’s At The Lincoln Park Inn’ (RCA Victor Records, 1969).

Jack Barlow: 'Baby, Ain't That Love' (Dot Records, 1969)

Jack Barlow (Sunday 18 May 1924 – Friday 29 July 2011) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Baby, Ain’t That Love’ (co-written with Jack Moran) and included the track on ‘Baby, Ain’t That Love’ (Dot Records, 1969).

Jack Barlow: 'Baby, Ain't That Love' (Dot Records, 1969)

Jack Barlow (Sunday 18 May 1924 – Friday 29 July 2011) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Papa Didn’t Give Me No Love’ and included the track on ‘Baby, Ain’t That Love’ (Dot Records, 1969).

Ernest Tubb: 'Saturday Satan, Sunday Saint' (Decca Records, 1969)

Ernest Tubb (Monday 9 February 1914 – Thursday 6 September 1984) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Tommy’s Doll’ (co-written with Jack Moran) and included the track on ‘Saturday Satan, Sunday Saint’ (Decca Records, 1969).

Jack Barlow: 'Son of The South' (Dot Records, 1969)

Jack Barlow (Sunday 18 May 1924 – Friday 29 July 2011) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Nobody Wants To Hear It Like It Is’ and included the track on ‘Son of The South’ (Dot Records, 1969).

Jack Barlow: 'Son of The South' (Dot Records, 1969)

Jack Barlow (Sunday 18 May 1924 – Friday 29 July 2011) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Singing Country Soul’ (co-written with Jack Barlow) and included the track on ‘Son of The South’ (Dot Records, 1969).

Jack Barlow: 'Son of The South' (Dot Records, 1969)

Jack Barlow (Sunday 18 May 1924 – Friday 29 July 2011) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘No Time For Roses’ and included the track on ‘Son of The South’ (Dot Records, 1969).

Jack Barlow: 'Son of The South' (Dot Records, 1969)

Jack Barlow (Sunday 18 May 1924 – Friday 29 July 2011) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Living In A World of Make Believe’ (co-written with Jack Barlow) and included the track on ‘Son of The South’ (Dot Records, 1969).

B.J. Thomas: 'Young And In Love' (Scepter Records, 1969)
B.J. Thomas: 'B.J. Thomas Country' (Scepter Records, 1972)

BJ Thomas (Friday 7 August 1942 – Saturday 29 May 2021) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Skip A Rope’ (co-written with Jack Moran) and included the track on ‘Young And In Love’ (Scepter Records, 1969); the track was subsequently included on B.J. Thomas’ ‘BJ Thomas Country’ (Scepter Records, 1972).

Johnny Cash: 'Man In Black' (Columbia Records, 1971)

Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 – Friday 12 September 2003) recorded Glenn Douglas’ ‘If Not For Love’, which was co-written with Larry Lee Favorite (Saturday 6 January 1940 – Saturday 26 May 2001), and included the track on ‘Man In Black’ (Columbia Records, 1971).

Johnny Cash: 'Man In Black' (Columbia Records, 1971)

Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 – Friday 12 September 2003) recorded Glenn Douglas’ ‘I Talk To Jesus Every Day’ and included the track on ‘Man In Black’ (Columbia Records, 1971).

Charley Pride: 'Amazing Love' (RCA Victor Records, 1973)

Charley Pride (Friday 18 March 1934 – Saturday 12 December 2020) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Mr. Joe Henry’s Happy Hand Clappin’ Open Air Rhythm Band’, which was co-written with Larry Lee Favorite (Saturday 6 January 1940 – Saturday 26 May 2001) and included the track on ‘Amazing Love’ (RCA Victor Records, 1973).

George Jones & Tammy Wynette: 'Together Again' (Epic Records, 1980)

George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 – Friday 26 April 2013) & Tammy Wynette (Tuesday 5 May 1942 – Monday 6 April 1998) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Two Storey House’ (co-written with Tammy Wynette and Dave Lindsey) and included the track on ‘Together Again’ (Epic Records, 1980); the track reached No.2 on the Billboard country music singles chart in early 1980.

George Jones & Tammy Wynette’s ‘Together Again’ (Epic Records, 1980) reached No.26 on the Billboard Top Country Music Albums Chart in 1980.

In 2012George Jones & Tammy Wynette’s recording of ‘Two Storey House’ was used in an American television commercial for GMC Trucks.

Gene Watson: 'This Dream's On Me' (MCA Records, 1982)

Gene Watson recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘This Torch That I Carry For You’ (co-written with Dave Lindsey) and included the track on ‘This Dream’s On Me‘ (MCA Records, 1982).

Jan Howard: 'Tainted Love' (AVI Records, 1983)

Jan Howard (Friday 13 March 1929 – Saturday 28 March 2020) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘I Wish I Could Love That Much Again’, which was co-written with Vic McAlpin (Monday 4 February 1918 – Friday 18 January 1980), and included the track on ‘Tainted Love’ (AVI Records, 1983).

Dwight Yoakam: 'Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room' (Reprise Records, 1988)

Dwight Yoakam recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Home of The Blues’, which was co-written with Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 – Friday 12 September 2003) and Lillie McAlpine, and included the track on ‘Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room’ (Reprise Records, 1988).

The Kentucky Headhunters: 'Pickin' On Nashville' (Mercury Records, 1989)

The Kentucky Headhunters recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Skip A Rope’ (co-written with Jack Moran) and included the track on ‘Pickin’ On Nashville’ (Mercury Records, 1989).

George Jones: 'Hits I Missed...And One I Didn't' (Bandit Records, 2005)

George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 – Friday 26 April 2013) recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Skip A Rope’ (co-written with Jack Moran) and included the track on ‘Hits I Missed…And One I Didn’t’ (Bandit Records, 2005), which was produced by Keith Stegall.

Glenn Douglas Tubb: 'New Country Psalms' (Porter Street Records, 2008)

On Tuesday 29 April 2008, Glenn Douglas Tubb saw the release of ‘New Country Psalms’ (Porter Street Records, 2008), which included the following tracks:

‘When You Get To Where You’re Going’
‘The Man Beyond The Blue’
‘Come Along With Me’
‘Christ Is The Bridge’
‘Before He Was A Carpenter’
‘Give Satan An Inch’
‘Write My Name’
‘He Knew’
‘He Will Return’
‘Monsters In The Streets’

Jennifer Brantley

On Monday 30 November 2009, Jennifer Brantley saw the release of ‘Heartbroken, Forsaken & Alone’, a previously unreleased track, which had been co-written by Glenn Douglas Tubb and legendary Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 – Thursday 1 January 1953).

The story behind the song began when Glenn Douglas Tubb was approached in 1958 by Hank Williams’ first wife, Audrey Mae Sheppard Williams (Wednesday 28 February 1923 – Tuesday 4 November 1975), who told him that she had found some old lyrics written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 – Thursday 1 January 1953) which he never finished writing.

Audrey Mae Sheppard Williams (Wednesday 28 February 1923 – Tuesday 4 November 1975) asked Glenn Douglas Tubb, who was a big fan of Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 – Thursday 1 January 1953), to finish writing the lyrics and to come up with a Hank Williams’ style melody for the song.

Although Glenn Douglas Tubb was young at the time, he had already written songs for Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 – Friday 12 September 2003), Kitty Wells (Saturday 30 August 1919 – Monday 16 July 2012), Ernest Tubb (Monday 9 February 1914 – Thursday 6 September 1984), Hawkshaw Hawkins (Thursday 22 December 1921 – Tuesday 5 March 1963) and George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 – Friday 26 April 2013).

The main reasons Audrey Mae Sheppard Williams (Wednesday 28 February 1923 – Tuesday 4 November 1975) chose Glenn were because she knew that Glenn sang a lot of Hank’s songs on his personal appearances and that he would probably come closer to finishing the song as Hank would have wanted.

Glenn Douglas Tubb waited until he had written more songs for Johnny Cash (Friday 26 February 1932 – Friday 12 September 2003), George Jones (Saturday 12 September 1931 – Friday 26 April 2013), Bob Dylan, Tammy Wynette (Tuesday 5 May 1942 – Monday 6 April 1998), Tennessee Ernie Ford (Thursday 13 February 1919 – Thursday 17 October 1991) and many others, before he attempted to finish writing the song Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 – Thursday 1 January 1953) had started.

In 1974, while Glenn Douglas Tubb was living in Tucson, Arizona he completed the song and mailed it to Acuff-Rose, Hank Williams’ publisher.

Glenn Douglas Tubb sent them a copy of the original Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 – Thursday 1 January 1953) lyrics, along with a demo of the song.  They had the handwriting checked by a hand writing expert, who concluded that it was indeed Hank Williams’ handwriting.

In June 1974, Fred Rose Music issued a publishing contract on the song, showing the writers as Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 – Thursday 1 January 1953) and Glenn Douglas Tubb.

Before Glenn Douglas Tubb moved back to Nashville, Audrey Mae Sheppard Williams (Wednesday 28 February 1923 – Tuesday 4 November 1975) died in November 1975, so Glenn does not know if Audrey Williams ever heard the finished product.

After Glenn Douglas Tubb returned to Nashville, he went to Acuff-Rose and had a meeting about the song.  Because of some disagreements, the song was essentially buried until 2009.

In August 2009, Glenn Douglas Tubb met Jennifer Brantley at a guitar pull dinner party in Nashville.  After Jennifer Brantley heard the song and Glenn Douglas Tubb heard her voice, it was decided that Jennifer Brantley should record the song.

Jennifer Brantley: 'The Little Things' (Mountainside Productions, 2010)

Jennifer Brantley was therefore the first artist to release ‘Heartbroken, Forsaken & Alone’, a song co-written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 – Thursday 1 January 1953) and Glenn Douglas Tubb, which was included on Jennifer Brantley‘s ‘The Little Things’ (Mountainside Productions, 2010).

Glenn Douglas Tubb: 'Half & Half' (Porter Street Records, 2010)

On Tuesday 9 November 2010, Glenn Douglas Tubb saw the release of ‘Half & Half’ (Porter Street Records, 2010), which included the following tracks:

‘Heartbroken, Forsaken & Alone’, which was written by Hank Williams (Monday 17 September 1923 – Thursday 1 January 1953) and Glenn Douglas Tubb
‘Love Is Calling Me Again’
‘My Dreams’
‘Blame It On Jesus’
‘Listening For The Trumpet’
‘Hidden By The Cross’
‘The Shepherds House’
‘I Bet My Heart On You’
‘Until The Morning Comes’ / this track featured guest vocals from Wynette McQuiddy
‘If Not Me’

At the time of the acquisition of this Gene Watson ‘Peer’s Quote’, in April 2013, Glenn Douglas Tubb was still writing and recording great country and Gospel music in the same award-winning fashion he has for the previous sixty years.

Glenn Douglas Tubb’s recognition of achievement includes the following:

1968
‘Grammy Award Nomination’ for ‘Skip A Rope’ (written by Glenn Douglas Tubb and Jack Moran)

2009
‘Gospel Artist of The Year’ (Europe)

2010
‘Gospel Artist of The Year’ (Europe)

2011
‘Gospel Artist of The Year’ (Europe)

2012
‘Diamond Award for Lifetime Achievement’ (USAGEM)
‘Acoustical Songwriter of The Year’ (USAGEM)

2013
‘Independent Country Music Hall of Fame’ Winner

Dallas Wayne: 'Songs The Jukebox Taught Me' (Heart of Texas Records, 2016)

Dallas Wayne recorded Glenn Douglas Tubb’s ‘Skip A Rope’ (co-written with Jack Moran) and included the track on‘Songs The Jukebox Taught Me’ (Heart of Texas Records, 2016).

On Saturday 22 May 2021, Glenn Douglas Tubb passed away in Nashville; he was 85 years old.

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