Gene Watson Elected to Houston Music Hall of Fame

Legendary singer part of inaugural class.

photo courtesy Lytle Management

In recognition of the Houston Press Music Awards' anniversary, the publication launched the Houston Music Hall of Fame. Hit country singer Gene Watson was among the inaugural class inducted at an Aug. 6 ceremony.

Widely regarded as one of country's finest singers, Gene remains an in-demand touring artist and a faithful traditionalist. Over the course of his career, he has earned numerous hits, including "Farewell Party," "Love in the Hot Afternoon" and more.

Gene was unable to accept the honor in person, but sent a statement of gratitude. “It’s a great, personal honor to be inducted into the first ever class in the Houston Music Hall of Fame," he said. "I’m so proud to live in Houston and the great state of Texas and to be elected into the very first group in the Houston Music Hall of Fame is very humbling. I worked all day in the body shops and performed all night at the many, great clubs in Houston and that’s how I was discovered and got my start in the music business. I’m so grateful to everyone who made this honor possible. I didn’t get a lot of awards from Nashville in my younger days but receiving this honor at this time in my career, well, it’s just all the sweeter.”

Other honorees at the ceremony included ZZ Top, Yolanda Adams and Geto Boys.

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