It was a steamy ballad, especially for 1974, released in the summer of that year that started it all for Gene Watson when he burned up the charts with "Love in the Hot Afternoon."
He was born in Palestine, Texas, and spent some time in the Houston clubs. It was time well spent for Watson, an auto-body worker. Watson wanted to sing, and he had the voice that would ignite a career that spanned the late '70s through the following decade. Country fans were quick to embrace his songs-"Where Love Begins," "Paper Rosie," "Farewell Party," "Should I Come Home (Or Should I Go Crazy)," and "Nothing Sure Looked Good on You." In 1982, he struck pure career gold with "Fourteen Carat Mind," a chart-topper. He frequented the Top Ten in the early '80s with "Speak Softly (You're Talking to My Heart)" and "You're Out Doing What I'm Here Doing Without." During the early '90s, Watson released four albums-Uncharted Mind, Good Ole Days, Jesus Is All I Need, and A Way to Survive.
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