Gene Watson’s ‘In Other Words’ (Canada: Mercury Records / Polygram Records, 1992 / United States: Broadland International Records, 1992)

Gene Watson's 'In Other Words' (Canada: Mercury Records / Polygram Records, 1992 / United States: Broadland International Records, 1992)

‘In Other Words’
Canada: Mercury Records / Polygram Records 3145141612 (1992)
United States: Broadland International Records BRI-CD-0193-2 (1992)

Gene Watson’s ‘In Other Words’ (Canada: Mercury Records / Polygram Records, 1992 / United States: Broadland International Records, 1992) was released, in Canada, by Mercury Records / Polygram Records, and in the United States by Broadland International Records, in 1992.

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About Gene Watson’s ‘In Other Words’ (Canada: Mercury Records / Polygram Records, 1992 / United States: Broadland International Records, 1992)…

Album Sleeve Notes
‘Who is Gene Watson?
Here are a few facts: lives in Houston, Texas; worked on automobiles for ten years as a mechanic and body man; does not like for fans to kiss him (it embarrasses him); has a strange hobby – likes to grow ivy in pots; married to Miss Mattie; went to Central high in the town of Sumner, Texas; loves bologna, fans bring him bologna, eats raw bologna with mayonnaise and fried bologna with mustard.

Gene Watson is no stranger to adversity.  He was born crippled, but his feet are normal today, a condition he attributes to his mother’s hours of therapy and prayer.

He has been making hit records since the summer of 1975 when his first record, ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon‘, went to No.3 in the nation.

Since that time, there have been many hits, such as ‘Paper Rosie‘, ‘Cowboys Don’t Get Lucky All The Time‘, ‘Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)‘ and his signature song, ‘Farewell Party‘.

In this new album there are many wonderful songs that touch all aspects of a man’s life from growing up to growing old.  My favourite song is ‘Class Reunion’.  It has a wonderful hook or surprise ending and, if you’ve ever been to high school, I think you will identify with this song.

I am happy to say that Gene Watson has been my friend since the mid-70s when I hosted the old television show ‘Pop Goes The Country’.  Today I am always delighted when we are able to book him on ‘Nashville Now’.

Who is Gene Watson?  If you will listen to this album I think you will find, as I have, that he is one hell of a country singer’.
Ralph Emery (Friday 10 March 1933 – Saturday 15 January 2022)

Gene Watson’s ‘In Other Words’ (Canada: Mercury Records / Polygram Records, 1992 / United States: Broadland International Records, 1992) was produced by Gary Buck (Thursday 21 March 1940 – Tuesday 14 October 2003).

Recording Engineer: Les Ladd
Studio: Reflections, Nashville, Tennessee
Mastering: Denny Purcell, Georgetown Masters
Recording Dates: December 1991 – February 1992

Overview

‘Gene Watson’s debut album for Warner Bros. Records, ‘Back In The Fire‘ (Warner Bros. Records, 1988), was released in the early part of 1988. The debut single from the album, ‘Don’t Waste It On The Blues’, went all the way to No.5 – Gene Watson was back on the Billboard country music Top 10 in the United States after a three year absence.

Gene Watson’s revived career also introduced him to a new generation of country music fans’.

Two further singles off ‘Back In The Fire‘ (Warner Bros. Records, 1988) charted on the Billboard country music singles chart; ‘Back In The Fire’ (Top 20, 1988) and ‘The Jukebox Played Along’ (Top 25, 1988), but subsequent releases on Warner Bros. Records failed to break the Billboard country music Top 40.

Gene Watson, however, felt that things were, at long last, going his way.  He had begun work on ‘At Last‘ (Warner Bros. Records, 1991), his second album for Warner Bros. Records, when the relationship between himself and Lib Hatcher ran into some problems.  In the latter part of 1990, it was reported that they had both issued suits against one another over management fees.

The legal wrangle with Lib Hatcher lasted for about a year, during which time Gene Watson could not sign any management / booking deals with anyone else.

Warner Bros. Records became aware of the situation and, following the release of ‘At Last‘ (Warner Bros. Records, 1991) in 1991, dropped Gene Watson from their roster.

The major label recording career of a country music legend had ended – something that the country music industry should never have allowed to happen, and something that they should be thoroughly ashamed of.

Gene Watson then turned to veteran manager, Jack McFadden (1927 – Tuesday 16 June 1998), in Nashville.

Jack McFadden (1927 – Tuesday 16 June 1998) approached a number of major record labels in Nashville, but none of them were willing to take a chance on an artist with a lawsuit hanging over his head.

However, an independent recording project was agreed with Canadian record producer and former recording artist Gary Buck (Thursday 21 March 1940 – Tuesday 14 October 2003).

There were several provisions within the contract, which meant that if no major label acquired the rights to the recording, Gary Buck could release it on Mercury Records / Polygram Records in Canada.

Gary Buck passed away in Didsbury, Alberta in Canada, on Tuesday 14 October 2003 – he was 63 years old.

Gene Watson’s ‘In Other Words’ (Canada: Mercury Records / Polygram Records, 1992 / United States: Broadland International Records, 1992), which was recorded in Nashville in December 1991 and February 1992, initially gained a release in Canada only on Broadland International Records, Gary Buck’s own record label.

Gene Watson’s ‘In Other Words’ (Canada: Mercury Records / Polygram Records, 1992 / United States: Broadland International Records, 1992) later gained a release, on Broadland International Records, in the United States in 1993, when a single from it, ‘One & One & One’ (written by Buddy Cannon and John Northrup), managed to make its way into the Billboard country music singles chart, stopping a little outside the Top 50′.

Gene Watson: 'In Other Words' (Canada: Mercury Records / Polygram Records, 1992 / United States: Broadland International Records, 1992)

‘In Other Words’
Canada: Mercury Records / Polygram Records 3145141612 (1992)
United States: Broadland International Records BRI CD01932 (1992)

1 ‘One & One & One’
Writers: Buddy Cannon and John Northrup
Publishers: ASCAP

Personnel involved in the recording of ‘One & One & One’ included the following:

Leo Jackson (Monday 22 October 1934 – Sunday 4 May 2008) (acoustic guitar)
Gregg Galbraith (lead guitar)
Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022) (piano)
David Smith (bass guitar)
Rob Hajacos (fiddle)
Buddy Emmons (Wednesday 27 January 1937 – Wednesday 29 July 2015) (steel guitar)
Lonnie Williams (drums)
T.J. Clay (harmonica)
Ronny Light, Jennifer O’Brien and Margie Cates (background singers)

Shane Barmby (Monday 1 February 1954 – Thursday 27 October 2022) recorded ‘One & One & One’ (written by Buddy Cannon and John Northrup) and included the track on ‘Jukebox Symphony’ (Mercury Records, 1991).

2 ‘Whose Fool I Wanna Be’
Writers: Gene Nelson and Paul Nelson
Publishers: BMI

Personnel involved in the recording of ‘Whose Fool I Wanna Be’ included the following:

Leo Jackson (Monday 22 October 1934 – Sunday 4 May 2008) (acoustic guitar)
Gregg Galbraith (lead guitar)
Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022) (piano)
David Smith (bass guitar)
Rob Hajacos (fiddle)
Buddy Emmons (Wednesday 27 January 1937 – Wednesday 29 July 2015) (steel guitar)
Lonnie Williams (drums)
T.J. Clay (harmonica)
Ronny Light, Jennifer O’Brien and Margie Cates (background singers)

3 ‘I Don’t Think She’d Really Mind At All’
Writers: Arthur Leo ‘Doodle’ Owens (Friday 28 November 1930 – Monday 4 October 1999) and Dennis Knutson (Tuesday 3 November 1942 – Monday 27 August 2018)
Publishers: BMI

Personnel involved in the recording of ‘I Don’t Think She’d Really Mind At All’ included the following:

Leo Jackson (Monday 22 October 1934 – Sunday 4 May 2008) (acoustic guitar)
Gregg Galbraith (lead guitar)
Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022) (piano)
David Smith (bass guitar)
Rob Hajacos (fiddle)
Buddy Emmons (Wednesday 27 January 1937 – Wednesday 29 July 2015) (steel guitar)
Lonnie Williams (drums)
T.J. Clay (harmonica)
Ronny Light, Jennifer O’Brien and Margie Cates (background singers)

4 ‘Old Porch Swing’
Writers: Joe Allen and Charlie Williams (Friday 20 December 1929 – Thursday 15 October 1992)
Publishers: Joe Allen Music, BMI / Green Harbor Music, BMI

Personnel involved in the recording of ‘Old Porch Swing’ included the following:

Leo Jackson (Monday 22 October 1934 – Sunday 4 May 2008) (acoustic guitar)
Gregg Galbraith (lead guitar)
Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022) (piano)
David Smith (bass guitar)
Rob Hajacos (fiddle)
Buddy Emmons (Wednesday 27 January 1937 – Wednesday 29 July 2015) (steel guitar)
Lonnie Williams (drums)
T.J. Clay (harmonica)
Ronny Light, Jennifer O’Brien and Margie Cates (background singers)

‘Old Porch Swing’, which was written by Joe Allen and Charlie Williams (Friday 20 December 1929 – Thursday 15 October 1992), was also included on Gene Watson’s ‘A Way to Survive‘ (Step One Records, 1997).

Eddy Arnold (Wednesday 15 May 1918 – Thursday 8 May 2008) recorded ‘Old Porch Swing’, which was written by Joe Allen and Charlie Williams (Friday 20 December 1929 – Thursday 15 October 1992), and included the track on ‘After All These Years’ (Sony Music Records, 2005).

5 ‘Winds of Change’
Writers: Buzz Cason and Kent Westberry
Publishers: ASCAP / BMI

Personnel involved in the recording of ‘Winds of Change’ included the following:

Leo Jackson (Monday 22 October 1934 – Sunday 4 May 2008) (acoustic guitar)
Gregg Galbraith (lead guitar)
Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022) (piano)
David Smith (bass guitar)
Rob Hajacos (fiddle)
Weldon Myrick (Monday 10 April 1939 – Monday 2 June 2014) (steel guitar)
Milton Sledge (drums)
T.J. Clay (harmonica)
Ronny Light, Jennifer O’Brien and Margie Cates (background singers)

Johnny Bush (Sunday 17 February 1935 – Friday 16 October 2020) recorded ‘Winds of Change’ (written by Buzz Cason and Kent Westberry) and included the track on ‘Talk to My Heart’ (Watermelon Records, 1998).

6 ‘Class Reunion’
Writers: Craig Morris and Don Henry
Publishers: ASCAP

Personnel involved in the recording of ‘Class Reunion’ included the following:

Leo Jackson (Monday 22 October 1934 – Sunday 4 May 2008) (acoustic guitar)
Gregg Galbraith (lead guitar)
Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022) (piano)
David Smith (bass guitar)
Rob Hajacos (fiddle)
Buddy Emmons (Wednesday 27 January 1937 – Wednesday 29 July 2015) (steel guitar)
Lonnie Williams (drums)
T.J. Clay (harmonica)
Ronny Light, Jennifer O’Brien and Margie Cates (background singers)

‘Class Reunion’ (written by Craig Morris and Don Henry) was later included on Gene Watson’s ‘A Way to Survive‘ (Step One Records, 1997).

The Oak Ridge Boys: 'Step On Out' (MCA Records, 1985)

The Oak Ridge Boys recorded ‘Class Reunion’ (written by Craig Morris and Don Henry) and included the track on ‘Step On Out’ (MCA Records, 1985).

John Conlee recorded ‘Class Reunion’ (written by Craig Morris and Don Henry) and included the track on ‘Harmony’ (Columbia Records, 1986).

7 ‘Booked Tonight In Heaven’
Writer: Gary Josey
Publishers: BMI

Personnel involved in the recording of ‘Booked Tonight in Heaven’ included the following:

Leo Jackson (Monday 22 October 1934 – Sunday 4 May 2008) (acoustic guitar)
Gregg Galbraith (lead guitar)
Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022) (piano)
David Smith (bass guitar)
Rob Hajacos (fiddle)
Buddy Emmons (Wednesday 27 January 1937 – Wednesday 29 July 2015) (steel guitar)
Lonnie Williams (drums)
T.J. Clay (harmonica)
Ronny Light, Jennifer O’Brien and Margie Cates (background singers)

8 ‘Mr. Candyman’
Writer: Dallas Harms (Thursday 18 July 1935 – Saturday 12 October 2019)
Publishers: SOCAN

Personnel involved in the recording of ‘Mr. Candyman’ included the following:

Leo Jackson (Monday 22 October 1934 – Sunday 4 May 2008) (acoustic guitar)
Gregg Galbraith (lead guitar)
Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022) (piano)
David Smith (bass guitar)
Rob Hajacos (fiddle)
Weldon Myrick (Monday 10 April 1939 – Monday 2 June 2014) (steel guitar)
Milton Sledge (drums)
T.J. Clay (harmonica)
Ronny Light, Jennifer O’Brien and Margie Cates (background singers)

9 ‘She’s No Lady’
Writer: Paul Weber
Publishers: CAPAC

Personnel involved in the recording of ‘She’s No Lady’ included the following:

Leo Jackson (Monday 22 October 1934 – Sunday 4 May 2008) (acoustic guitar)
Gregg Galbraith (lead guitar)
Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022) (piano)
David Smith (bass guitar)
Rob Hajacos (fiddle)
Weldon Myrick (Monday 10 April 1939 – Monday 2 June 2014) (steel guitar)
Milton Sledge (drums)
T.J. Clay (harmonica)
Ronny Light, Jennifer O’Brien and Margie Cates (background singers)

Paul Weber recorded ‘She’s No Lady’ (written by Paul Weber) and included the track on ‘Whiskey Tears’ (GNAP Records, 1983).

Lonesome River Band: 'The Road with No End' (Mountain Home Records, 2006)

Lonesome River Band recorded ‘She’s No Lady’ (written by Paul Weber) and included the track on ‘The Road With No End’ (Mountain Home Records, 2006).

10
‘In Other Words’
Writers: Tim Menzies and Tony Haselden
Publishers: ASCAP / BMI

Personnel involved in the recording of ‘In Other Words’ included the following:

Leo Jackson (Monday 22 October 1934 – Sunday 4 May 2008) (acoustic guitar)
Gregg Galbraith (lead guitar)
Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022) (piano)
David Smith (bass guitar)
Rob Hajacos (fiddle)
Buddy Emmons (Wednesday 27 January 1937 – Wednesday 29 July 2015) (steel guitar)
Lonnie Williams (drums)
T.J. Clay (harmonica)
Ronny Light, Jennifer O’Brien and Margie Cates (background singers)

Toby Keith (Saturday 8 July 1961 – Monday 5 February 2024) recorded ‘In Other Words’ (written by Tim Menzies and Tony Haselden) and included the track on ‘Boomtown’ (Polydor Records, 1994).

 Read a Country Music People review of Gene Watson’s ‘In Other Words‘ (Broadland International Records / Mercury Records Canada, 1992)

The review, which was written by Craig Baguley, was published in the January 1993 issue of the United Kingdom monthly publication Country Music People.

Gene Watson's 'In Other Words' (Canada: Mercury Records / Polygram Records, 1992 / United States: Broadland International Records, 1992)

‘In Other Words’
Canada: Mercury Records / Polygram Records 3145141612 (1992)
United States: Broadland International Records BRI-CD-0193-2 (1992)

Musician Credits
Acoustic Guitar: Leo Jackson (Monday 22 October 1934 – Sunday 4 May 2008)
Lead Guitar: Gregg Galbraith
Piano: Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022)
Bass Guitar: David Smith
Fiddle: Rob Hajacos
Steel Guitar: Buddy Emmons (Wednesday 27 January 1937 – Wednesday 29 July 2015) and Weldon Myrick (Monday 10 April 1939 – Monday 2 June 2014)
Drums: Lonnie Williams and Milton Sledge
Harmonica: T.J. Clay
Background Singers: Ronny Light, Jennifer O’Brien and Margie Cates