Gene Watson’s ‘Starting New Memories’ (Epic Records, 1986)

Gene Watson: 'Starting New Memories' (Epic Records, 1986)

‘Starting New Memories’
Epic Records FE-40306 (1986)

Gene Watson’s ‘Starting New Memories’ (Epic Records, 1986) was released¬†by Epic Records on Saturday 28 June 1986.


Gene Watson’s ‘Starting New Memories’¬†(Epic Records, 1986) discography information is presented on the Gene Watson Fan Site for educational purposes only and no infringement of copyright is intended.


About Gene Watson’s ‘Starting New Memories’…

Overview
Gene Watson’s ‘Starting New Memories’ (Epic Records, 1986), which was co-produced by Gene Watson, along with Farewell Party Band stalwart Larry Booth, yielded two hit singles on the Billboard country music singles chart in 1986 / 1987; ‘Bottle of Tears’ (No.50, 1986) and ‘Everything I Used To Do’ (No.29, 1986).

The title track of the album, ‘Starting New Memories’, which was written by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 – Saturday 17 April 2004) and Warren D. Robb, reached No.43 in 1987, when it was released as the ‘B’ side of the single ‘Honky Tonk Crazy’.  The latter track was the title of Gene Watson’s third, and final, album for Epic Records, which was released in 1987.

Gene Watson’s second album for Epic Records, ‘Starting New Memories’ (Epic Records, 1986), further showcased his extraordinary talent for selecting just the right song to record.

Gene Watson’s ‘Starting New Memories’ (Epic Records, 1986) also demonstrated Gene’s respect for his fellow country music peers with the inclusion of cuts by Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 – Saturday 17 April 2004), Joe Allen, Marty Robbins (Saturday 26 September 1925 – Wednesday 8 December 1982) and Keith Stegall.


Gene Watson’s ‘Starting New Memories’ (Epic Records, 1986) was produced by Gene Watson and Larry Booth and was recorded at Hilltop Studio in Nashville (Recording Engineer: Randy Best); the album was mastered by M.C. Rather at Custom Mastering, Nashville.

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


‘Starting New Memories’
Epic Records FE-40306 (1986)


1 ‘Completely Out of Love’
Writer: Marty Robbins (Saturday 26 September 1925 – Wednesday 8 December 1982)
Publishers: BMI

Marty Robbins (Saturday 26 September 1925 – Wednesday 8 December 1982) recorded¬†‘Completely Out of Love’ (written by¬†Marty Robbins) and included the track on ‘Everything I’ve Always Wanted’ (Columbia Records, 1981).


2 ‘Almost Like Having You Here’
Writers: Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 РSaturday 17 April 2004) and Warren D. Robb
Publishers: ASCAP / BMI


3 ‘Take It From Me’
Writer: ‘Doc James’ Shapiro
Publishers: BMI


4 ‘Sittin’ On A Gold Mine’
Writer: B. Moore
Publishers: BMI


5 ‘Bottle of Tears’
Writers: Joe Allen, Jimmy Pasquale and D. Lay
Publishers: BMI / ASCAP


6 ‘Atlanta Anymore’
Writers: Charlie Craig (Friday 30 September 1938 – Friday 1 July 2011) and Keith Stegall
Publishers: BMI


7 ‘Starting New Memories Today’
Writers: Dave Kirby (Sunday 10 July 1938 РSaturday 17 April 2004) and Warren D. Robb
Publishers: ASCAP / BMI

In 1983, Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 – Monday 16 December 2013) signed with record producer Snuff Garrett’s Viva Records, which was jointly owned by Clint Eastwood.

Snuff Garrett (Tuesday 5 July 1938 – Wednesday 16 December 2015), a native Texan, had been producing hits since the late 1950’s with rock ‘n’ roll artists, including Bobby Vee, Gary Lewis & The Playboys and Cher.

Snuff Garrett (Tuesday 5 July 1938 – Wednesday 16 December 2015) also produced recordings by Frank Sinatra (Sunday 12 December 1915 – Thursday 14 May 1998), Peggy Lee (Wednesday 26 May 1920 – Monday 21 January 2002) and Sarah Vaughan (Thursday 27 March 1924 – Tuesday 3 April 1990), as well as creating the highly successful ’50 Guitars of Tommy Garrett’ album series for Liberty Records.

Snuff Garrett (Tuesday 5 July 1938 – Wednesday 16 December 2015) produced a fine album by Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 – Monday 16 December 2013), along with several outstanding singles, some of which appeared in the Clint Eastwood films, ‘Honkytonk Man’ and ‘Any Which Way You Can’.

Unfortunately, illness sidelined Snuff Garrett (Tuesday 5 July 1938 – Wednesday 16 December 2015) for a period of time and, as a result, a number of Ray Price‘s recordings from this period – 1983 – remained un-issued until 2014.

In 1983, Ray Price (Tuesday 12 January 1926 – Monday 16 December 2013) & The¬†Cherokee Cowboys recorded ‘Starting New Memories’, which was written by Dave Kirby¬†(Sunday 10 July 1938 – Saturday 17 April 2004) and Warren D. Robb); the track was subsequently included on ‘A New Place To Begin’ (Varese-Sarabande Records, 2014).


8 ‘Everything I Used To Do’
Writer: Ernie Rowell
Publishers: ASCAP



‘Everything I Used To Do’ (written by Ernie Rowell) was also included, for the first time on CD, on Gene Watson’s ‘Ultimate Collection‘ (Universal / Hip-O Records, 2001).


9 ‘I Saved Your Place’
Writer: Steve Spurgin
Publishers: BMI


10 ‘Rollin’ Home’
Writers: Keith Stegall and Brent Mason
Publishers: BMI / ASCAP




‘Starting New Memories’
Epic Records FE-40306 (1986)

Personnel involved in the recording of Gene Watson’s ‘Starting New Memories’ (Epic Records, 1986) included members of Gene Watson’s Farewell Party Band:

Tony Booth (bass)
Chris ‘Tiny’ Olson (steel guitar)
Daniel (Danny) T. Rainwater (passed away on Friday 28 December 2018) (lead guitar)
Norman Richard ‘Norm’ Kastner (‘Cass’) (Sunday 2 September 1945 – Wednesday 18 July 2012) (lead guitar, rhythm guitar)
Joe Eddie Gough (Friday 27 January 1939 – Friday 14 August 2009) (piano)
Doug Boggs (drums)

Additional personnel involved in the recording of Gene Watson’s ‘Starting New Memories’ (Epic Records, 1986) included the following:

Hoot Hester (Monday 13 August 1931 – Tuesday 30 August 2016) (fiddle)
Beckie Foster, Joy Gardner, Ron Drake and Al Henson (background vocals)




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