Gene Watson was surprised by Vince Gill during his set at the Grand Ole Opry, with an invitation to join the esteemed club.
After Gene performed “Sometimes I Get Lucky and Forget” and “Nothing Sure Looked Good On You,” Vince said, “He’s one of the greatest country singers that’s walked the earth. Would you mind singing ‘Farewell Party’? The Opry told me if you would, you could be the next member of the Grand Ole Opry.”
Gene made his Opry debut 55 years ago at the age of 21. He earned a number of Top 10 hits in the 1970s and ’80s, including “Love in the Hot Afternoon,” “Paper Rosie,” “Fourteen Carat Mind,” “You’re Out Doing What I’m Here Doing Without” and more.
Gene will be formally inducted into the Opry later this year.