Gene Watson’s ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’ (Capitol Records, 1975)

Gene Watson: Love In The Hot Afternoon' (Capitol Records, 1975)

‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’
Capitol Records ST-11443 (1975)

Gene Watson’s first major label album, ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’ (Capitol Records, 1975), was released by Capitol Records in August 1975.

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About Gene Watson’s ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’ (Capitol Records, 1975)…

Album Sleeve Notes
‘Gene Watson is a home-grown Texan whose background is pure country, and whose future is simply Superstardom.

He has played music ‘ever since I can remember’ and, like the Country greats before him, has juggled working days with nightly gigs in pursuit of that ‘star in the sky’.

A family man with a deep passion for life, he has solidified his sound on his home turf by working the road with Country greats The Wilburn Brothers, cutting discs for local labels, moving on to territorial stardom, emerging with several hit records in the Houston area and, finally, a regular gig at the Dynasty Club in that city.

His association with the people he has met along the way have repeatedly distinguished themselves in long lasting friendships and mutual respect.

His initial road experience with The Wilburn Brothers – Doyle Wilburn (Monday 7 July 1930 – Saturday 16 October 1982) and Teddy Wilburn (Monday 30 November 1931 – Monday 24 November 2003) – has never been forgotten by them.

And when he approached Russ Reeder, then General Manager of the Record Service Company in Houston, in 1966, he began a lasting friendship and business relationship that has seen them through Gene’s recording debut in 1969 on Wide World Records, subsequent recordings on Reeder’s Resco label in 1972, and finally today in 1975 this fine album for Capitol Records.

After hearing ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’ for the first time, I immediately recognised the talent that was there and wanted to have this gifted artist on Capitol.  When Gene and Russ proved more than eager, the association was happily established, adding myself and the whole of the Capitol family to that list of friendships that have coloured Gene’s career.

This first album of Gene’s on Capitol speaks for itself.  It is one of the finest presentations I have heard in my years in the music business and, thankfully, it is only a beginning for Gene and his inevitable climb to Superstardom.

We at Capitol Records owe a debt of gratitude to radio stations KENR, KIKK and KNUS (this latter radio station was listed, in error, as KNUS, when it should have been listed as KNUZ) in Houston for their part in exposing the talents of Gene Watson, to Russ Reeder for his guidance and care in developing those talents and, of course, to Gene Watson himself, whose very talents we speak of. Welcome to Capitol Records, Gene Watson, a fine artist, showman and of course…a friend’.

Ed Keeley
National Country Field Manager
Capitol Records, Inc.

Gene Watson’s ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’ (Capitol Records, 1975) was produced by Russ Reeder and Bob Webster (1930 – Thursday 22 February 2007); the Recording Engineer was Jim Williamson.

Gene Watson’s ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’ (Capitol Records, 1975) reached No.5 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart in 1975.

‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’
Capitol Records ST 11443 (1975)

1 ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’
Writers: Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003)
Publishers: Jack Music Inc. / BMI

Jim Ed Brown (Sunday 1 April 1934 – Thursday 11 June 2015) recorded ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’, which was written by Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003), and included the track on ‘Evening’ (RCA Records, 1972).

Vicki Lawrence: 'Love in The Hot Afternoon', which was written by Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 - Saturday 22 November 2003) (Private Stock Records, 1976)

In 1976, Vicki Lawrence recorded ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’, which was written by Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003), and saw the track released as a non-album single, on Private Stock Records, in 1976, but it did not chart.



Gene Watson re-recorded ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’, which was written by Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003), and included the track on ‘The Good Ole Days‘ (Step One Records, 1996).



Mark Chesnutt
recorded ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’, which was written by Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003), and included the track on ‘Lost In The Feeling’ (MCA Records, 2000).



Gene Watson re-recorded ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’, which was written by Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003) and included the track on ‘Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).

2
‘Through The Eyes of Love’
Writers: Cowboy Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 – Thursday 8 August 2013) and Milton ‘Mitt’ Addington (1924 – 1979)
Publishers: Jack Music Inc. / BMI

Tompall Glaser & The Glaser Brothers: 'Through The Eyes of Love' (MGM Records, 1968)

Tompall Glaser (Sunday 3 September 1933 – Tuesday 13 August 2013) & The Glaser Brothers recorded ‘Through The Eyes of Love’, which was written by Cowboy Jack Clement (Sunday 5 April 1931 – Thursday 8 August 2013) and Milton ‘Mitt’ Addington (1924 – 1979), and included the track on ‘Through The Eyes of Love’ (MGM Records, 1968); the track reached No.27 on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1967.

3
‘Bad Water’
Writers: Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday (Tuesday 24 July 1934 – Sunday 15 February 1987) and Randy Myers
Publishers: Unart Music Corporation / BMI

Jackie DeShannon: 'Songs' (Capitol Records, 1971)
Jackie DeShannon: 'When You Walk in The Room' (Rock Beat Records, 2011)

Jackie DeShannon recorded ‘Bad Water’, which was written by Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday (Tuesday 24 July 1934 – Sunday 15 February 1987) and Randy Myers, and included the track on ‘Songs’ (Capitol Records, 1971); the track was also included on ‘When You Walk In The Room’ (Rock Beat Records, 2011).

Del Reeves: 'The Del Reeves Album' (United Artists Records, 1971)

Del Reeves (Thursday 14 July 1932 – Monday 1 January 2007) recorded ‘Bad Water’, which was written by Jackie DeShannon, Jimmy Holiday (Tuesday 24 July 1934 – Sunday 15 February 1987) and Randy Myers, and included the track on ‘The Del Reeves Album’ (United Artists Records, 1971).

4
‘Long Enough To Care’
Writer: Bobby Sykes
Publishers: Sidewalk Productions / BMI

5
‘Harvest Time’
Writers: Bill Emerson, Lewis Moore and Carrol Dunham
Publishers: Golden Horn Music / ASCAP

The Lonesome River Band recorded ‘Harvest Time’ (written by Bill Emerson, Lewis Moore and Carrol Dunham) and included the track on ‘Talkin’ To Myself’ (Sugar Hill Records, 2000).

6
‘Where Love Begins’
Writer: Ray Griff (Monday 22 April 1940 – Wednesday 9 March 2016)
Publishers: Blue Echo Music / ASCAP



Gene Watson re-recorded ‘Where Love Begins’, which was written by Ray Griff (Monday 22 April 1940 – Wednesday 9 March 2016), and included the track on ‘Best of the Best: 25 Greatest Hits‘ (Fourteen Carat Music, 2012).

7
‘This Just Ain’t No Good Day For Leaving’
Writers: Dallas Frazier (Friday 27 October 1939 – Friday 14 January 2022) and Sanger D. ‘Whitey’ Shafer (Wednesday 24 October 1934 – Saturday 12 January 2019)
Publishers: Acuff-Rose Publishing Inc. / BMI

In 1973, Kenny Seratt (Saturday 20 October 1934 – Wednesday 26 August 2015) recorded ‘This Just Ain’t No Good Day For Leaving’, which was written by Dallas Frazier (Friday 27 October 1939 – Friday 14 January 2022) and Sanger D. ‘Whitey’ Shafer (Wednesday 24 October 1934 – Saturday 12 January 2019); the track, which was produced by Merle Haggard (Tuesday 6 April 1937 – Wednesday 6 April 2016), was subsequently included on ‘The Best of Kenny Seratt, Volume 2’ (Hillside Records, 2011).

8
‘For The First Time’
Writer: Jessi Colter
Publishers: Baron Music Publishing Company / BMI

Jessi Colter recorded ‘For The First Time’ (written by Jessi Colter) and included the track on her debut album, ‘I’m Jessi Colter’ (Capitol Records, 1975).

9
‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’
Writer: Nadine Bryant
Publishers: Hotel Publishing Company / ASCAP

Jeannie Bryant: 'Love In The Hot Afternoon', which was written by Kent Westberry and Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 - Saturday 22 November 2003) (Nashville Cats Productions Records, 1975)

In 1975, Jeannie Bryant recorded ‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’ (written by Nadine Bryant), and saw the track released as a non-album single, on Nashville Cats Productions Records, in 1975, but the single did not chart.

Loretta Lynn & Conway Twitty: 'Dynamic Duo' (MCA Records, 1977)

Loretta Lynn (Thursday 14 April 1932 – Tuesday 4 October 2022) & Conway Twitty (Friday 1 September 1933 – Saturday 5 June 1993) recorded ‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’ (written by Nadine Bryant) and included the track on ‘Dynamic Duo’ (MCA Records, 1977).

Jeannie Bryant: 'What Our Feelings Have To Say' (Column One Records, 1977)

Jeannie Bryant (sister of Nadine Bryant) recorded ‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’ (written by Nadine Bryant) and included the track on ‘What Our Feelings Have To Say’ (Column One Records, 1977).

Billie Jo Spears (Friday 14 January 1938 – Wednesday 14 December 2011) recorded ‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’ (written by Nadine Bryant) and included the track on ‘Standing Tall’ (United Artists Records, 1980).



Gene Watson re-recorded ‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’ (written by Nadine Bryant) and included the track on ‘Gene Watson: Then & Now‘ (Koch Records Nashville, 2005).



Gene Watson and Rhonda Vincent recorded ‘You Could Know As Much About A Stranger’ (written by Nadine Bryant) and included the track on ‘Your Money & My Good Looks‘ (Upper Management Music, 2011).

10
‘This Is My Year For Mexico’
Writer: Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003)
Publishers: Jack Music Inc. / BMI



Charley Pride
 (Friday 18 March 1934 – Saturday 12 December 2020) recorded ‘This Is My Year For Mexico’, which was written by Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003), and included the track on ’10th Album’ (RCA Records, 1970).



Crystal Gayle
recorded ‘This Is My Year For Mexico’, which was written by Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003), and included the track on ‘Crystal Gayle’ (United Artists Records, 1975).

Dale Ann Bradley: 'Dale Ann Bradley' (Pinecastle Records, 2017)

Dale Ann Bradley recorded ‘This Is My Year For Mexico’, which was written by Vincent Wesley Matthews (1940 – Saturday 22 November 2003), and included the track on ‘Dale Ann Bradley’ (Pinecastle Records, 2017).



On Tuesday 3 December 2002, England’s Hux Records released Gene Watson’s ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’ (Capitol Records, 1975), along with Gene Watson’s ‘Paper Rosie‘ (Capitol Records, 1978), as a special 2-for-1 CD set.

‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’
Capitol Records ST 11443 (1975)

Personnel involved in the recording of Gene Watson’s ‘Love In The Hot Afternoon’ (Capitol Records, 1975) included the following:

Tommy Allsup (Tuesday 24 November 1931 – Wednesday 11 January 2017), Leon Rhodes (Thursday 10 March 1932 – Saturday 9 December 2017) and Charlie McCoy (rhythm guitar)
Jimmy Colvard (1943 – 1977), Pete Wade and Dale Sellers (lead guitar)
Lloyd Green (steel guitar, Dobro)
Charlie McCoy (harmonica)
Charlie McCoy and Kenny Malone (Thursday 4 August 1938 – Thursday 26 August 2021) (marimba)
Hargus ‘Pig’ Robbins (Tuesday 18 January 1938 – Sunday 30 January 2022) (piano)
Buddy Spicher (fiddle)
Joe Allen, Henry Strzelecki (Tuesday 8 August 1939 – Monday 29 December 2014) and Leon Rhodes (Thursday 10 March 1932 – Saturday 9 December 2017) (bass)
Kenny Malone (Thursday 4 August 1938 – Thursday 26 August 2021), Jimmy Isabel and Buddy Harman (Sunday 23 December 1928 – Thursday 21 August 2008) (drums)
Jerry Tuttle (horn)
The Nashville Edition (voices)