This year marks the Golden Anniversary of one of our greatest living
country vocalists. In 1962, Gene Watson began his professional career by
recording his first single.
“I didn’t know what I was doing,” he chuckles, remembering himself as
a 19-year-old. “I think maybe I was dreaming a little bit. Who knows
what’s going through your mind back then? I was playing nightclubs here
and there and decided it might be good if I could record a song.
“My first recording ever was on a little ole independent label that
was started up just for this recording session, Sun Valley Records.
Maybe I thought I could sell them at my shows or something. I wrote the
record, ‘If It Was That Easy.’ It was not any good, but, boy, I thought
that was something. I had my own record.”
He might not have known what he was doing in 1962, but he does now.
Gene Watson has re-recorded his classic hits on an extraordinary,
25-song collection titled The Best of the Best.
His ageless voice sounds exactly as it did when he first recorded these
songs in the 1970s and 1980s. The legendary Sonny Garrish reprises the
steel-guitar playing he performed during the original recording
sessions, and the rest of the players recreate the original