Gene Watson


Hailing from Palestine, Texas, Gene Watson was born to be a country star. In the early 1970s, Watson started performing at clubs around town after finishing up his day job at a body shop. After bouncing around a few small record labels, Columbia Records caught wind of Watson’s talent in the mid-1970s and released “Love in the Hot Afternoon” to the national public. The “Love in the Hot Afternoon” single skyrocketed to the number one chart position and quickly made Watson a household name in the country circuit. In 1979, Watson released “Farewell Party,” which would soon become his trademark song and inspire the name of his band, “Farewell Party Band.”


  • Inducted into the Houston Music Hall of Fame in 2013 2013
  • Inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002 2002

Fun Facts

  • Celebrated 50th year in the music industry in 2012
  • More than 75 of Watson’s singles have charted, 23 have hit the top 10 and two have hit the number one slot.