According to Last.fm, Gene Watson's most famous songs include 1975's "Love in the Hot Afternoon" and "Fourteen Carat Mind" from 1982. Other songs of Watson's that reached the Billboard Top 40 include "Where Love Begins," "Paper Rosie" and "Should I Go Home (or Should I Go Crazy)." His signature song is "Farewell Party," which he released in 1979. Watson's most recent album is "My Heroes Have Always Been Country," from 2014.
Gene Watson was born in Palestine, Texas in 1943 and began performing locally in the 1960s. His family moved around a lot during his childhood, as his father moved between laboring jobs. At one point, the family lived in a school bus, and Watson left school after the ninth grade so that he could help his parents earn money.
After Watson had spent some years touring and performing, Capitol Records released "Love in the Hot Afternoon" across the United States in 1975. Watson went on to release six number-one singles and 23 top-10 singles. As of December 2015, Watson's most-played tracks on Last.fm are "Fourteen Carat Mind," "Farewell Party" and "Take Me As I Am Or Let Me Go." Last.fm recommends Jack Greene, John Conlee and Moe Bandy as similar artists.
"My Heroes Have Always Been Country" features songs made famous by other country singers including Merle Haggard, Lefty Frizzell and Willie Nelson. Watson is touring the southern United States in early 2016, and performing on a cruise around Jamaica at the end of January.