The State of
Texas Proclaims GENE WATSON DAY
Legend, Gene Watson, Gets “Gene Watson Boulevard” in Hometown of
Paris, TX
and his own
Gene Watson Day sanctioned by the Texas State Senate
26, 2012/Nashville, TN)   As a tribute to country legend,
Gene Watson, in honor of his 50 years in the country music business, the state
of Texas declared September 25th to be GENE WATSON DAY
Watson’s hometown of Paris, Texas named a street in his honor. Early on
the 25th, workers with the city of Paris placed
three signs proclaiming the main thoroughfare of the Red River Valley
Fairgrounds as
“Gene Watson Boulevard.”
The street sign was officially given to
Gene Watson by the Paris mayor, Dr. AJ Hashmi at the start of Gene’s
annual Red River Valley Fair performance.  David Millsap, a longtime fan
of Gene’s, initiated the idea and it was quickly passed by the Paris city
Texas Governor, Rick Perry, sent a proclamation which reads “The Lone Star State is world
–renowned for its wealth of music talent and unique styles of music. Of
the many artists who have helped shape Texas country into what it is today,
Gene Watson is a favorite among many.  As you celebrate The Red River
Valley Fair, I commend you for recognizing this important figure in country
music history.”  Watson was also lauded by Texas Senator Kay Bailey
Hutchinson, well known radio announcer, Keith Bilbrey and others who sent
letters of tribute to the humble Texas entertainer.
Watson, known as “the singer’s singer” and often
referred to as one of country music’s finest singers, holds six
#1’s, 23 Top Tens and over 75 charted songs including his most requested
“Farewell Party”. In 2012, Gene Watson released 25 newly re-recorded
hits, the Best of the Best to critical acclaim.  Asked what the day
meant to him, Watson replied, “Growing up on a dirt road on the outskirts
of Paris, Texas, it never in my wildest dreams occurred to me that one day
I’d have a street named for me in my own hometown. I am deeply grateful
to the people of Paris, Texas for this great honor. I owe many thanks to David
Millsap for initiating the idea and to the entire state of Texas for giving me
my own special day.”
For more information on Gene Watson, go to

Gene Watson, Robbie Gunn of and David Millsap.

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