Clyde Watson inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Clyde Watson of Monette was recently inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Nashville, Tenn.

Clyde Watson

Clyde's love of music and entertaining goes back over four decades. He called it an honor to be recognized in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.

His "The Touch of Her Fingers," was on the Top 100 in the Bill Board in the Nation in 1977. It went to number 98 on the charts. Watson signed with Groovey Records in Nashville in 1976 and "The Touch of Her Fingers" was released in 1977.

He enjoyed returning to his home area of Helena Saturday, May 12, for the festival and visiting friends he has made through the years through his music. He enjoyed talking to Ace Cannon, Charlie Rich, Jr., Sunny Burgess, Jerry Nolan, D.J. Fontanna, Stan Perkins, C.W. Gatlin, Sterling Billingly and many others. Ben Adler has been in the Rockabilly Hall of Fame for many years.

In 1977 Watson toured with Conway Twitty's youngest daughter and traveling from Canada through Louisiana making shows along the way. He also was on stage with Jerry Clowers in Clarksdale, Miss. His band was Clyde Watson and the Roadside Park. He has traveled from California to New York and found Rockabilly fans most everywhere.

Watson said when it was time to get off the road he moved to Monette in 1991 and was working for Arlee Home Fashions. Buffalo Island became his adopted home and where he decided to put down roots.

He still enjoys his music and plays on Tuesday nights at the Henry Harlan Senior Citizen Center in Jonesboro and on Saturday nights in Monette with Jackie Franks and the Blue Diamonds. He also plays for parties, dances, country clubs, class reunions, and other gatherings.

Watson keeps his music up to the day and can give the audience the music they want to hear.

"The record business is a funny business," Watson said. "I love entertaining but I also enjoy being home and I really do like living in Monette."

Like many other families, The Watson family left Arkansas in the late 1940s going to Michigan where Clyde's dad went to work for Whirlpool and worked there for the next 30 years. In the mid-1950s Clyde decided to come back to Arkansas.

He is hoping to go to the next level and be inducted into the International Rockabilly Hall of Fame in Jackson, Tenn.

He is looking forward to many more years of entertaining close to home where he can spend time with his family.

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