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Gene Watson (born October 11, 1943) is an American country musician. He is most famous for his 1975 hit "Love in the Hot Afternoon" and his 1982 hit "Fourteen Carat Mind."
Watson was born in Palestine, Texas, in 1943, and began his music career in the early 1970s, performing in local clubs at night while working in a Houston body shop during the day. He only recorded for a few small regional record labels until 1974, when Capitol Records picked up his album Love in the Hot Afternoon and released it nationally. The title track, a mid-tempo ballad, was released in June 1975, and it quickly reached No. 3 on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart.
Watson's national success continued throughout the late 1970s and early 1980s, as he recorded several Billboard top-40 hits, including "Where Love Begins," "Paper Rosie," "Farewell Party," "Should I Come (or Should I Go Crazy)," and "Nothing Sure Looked Good on You."