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Ritz Theatre books Gene Watson
By Bev Odom/The Red River Sun—
WELLINGTON — Known as an icon for real country music, Gene Watson has mapped out Collingsworth County on his 2021 tour schedule. His long career has included five number one hits, 23 top 10s and more than 76 charted singles. He continues to record albums today
“We look forward to seeing loyal Ritz fans as you help us welcome Gene Watson next March,” said Margret Wood, Ritz board president.
The Wellington Ritz Theatre will host Watson at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 27, 2021. Tickets are $45 and go on sale to sustaining members at 6:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 6. The general public can purchase tickets beginning at 8 a.m., Sunday, Nov. 8.
Watson also is known as a “Singer’s Singer.” An American country singer and songwriter, he is most famous for his 1975 hit “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” his 1982 hit “Fourteen Carat Mind” and his signature 1979 song “Farwell Party” which later became the namesake of his Farwell Party Band.
Born in Palestine, Texas, Watson began his music career in the 1960s performing in local night clubs while working in a Houston auto body shop during the day. His national success continued throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, as he recorded several Billboard top 40 hits.
Inducted into the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame in 2002, Watson also earned a place in the inaugural class of the Houston Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
In 2018, Watson received the Entertainer of the Year Award from the R.O.P.E. Awards, an honor he shared with singer Jeannie Seely.