If you are a fan of classic country music, then you know who Gene Watson is. Gene Watson was born in 1943, which makes him 73 today.

Watson is from Palestine, Texas, and started his career in the 1960s, playing at local nightclubs in the Houston area while working at a body shop. Gene finally got national exposure in 1975, when his song "Love in the hot afternoon" went all the way to #3 on the country charts.

In Gene Watson's career, he has had six number one hits and twenty three top 10 hits. There are two songs Gene Watson is known for: "Fourteen Carat Mind" and, of course, the iconic song "Farewell Party".

Happy Birthday to a true legend, Gene Watson!