Clint Black was born in February 1962 in Long Branch, New Jersey.
His father was working there when
was born, but the family soon headed back to their home of Houston, Texas. Clint
was playing the harmonica at the age of 13 and the guitar at 15.
He spent several years playing country music in Houston
clubs, and his career took off when he met local musician Hayden Nicholas. They
wrote "Straight From The Factory" as soon as they met and forged a
lasting songwriting partnership. Their demos impressed Bill Ham, the manager of ZZ
Top, who quickly secured a contract with RCA Records. Most unusually, Black
reached number 1 on the US country chart with his first record, "A Better
Man", which he had written about his own broken romance. The title track
from his 1989 debut "Killin Time" was also a number 1 record. The
album was a multi-million-seller. "Put Yourself In My Shoes" included
another number 1 single, "Loving Blind". In both vocal and songwriting
ability, the obvious comparison is with Merle Haggard , and one that
Black is happy to acknowledge.
Managerial disputes halted his recording career after the
release of "Put Yourself In My Shoes", but his superstar status was
affirmed in 1992 with the belated appearance of "The Hard Way", which
spawned a number 1 single ("We Tell Ourselves"), and showed heartening
signs that Black was unwilling to rest on his artistic laurels. He also did a
duet with Roy Rogers, reaching the charts with "Hold On Partner", and
recorded "No Time To Kill" with Wynonna. Clint sang "A Run Of Bad
Luck" on the Maverick soundtrack album and enjoyed further hits with
"We Tell Ourselves", "Burn One Down" and "Life Gets
Away'. In 1995, he recorded a Christmas album with a difference, eschewing
traditional material in favor of his own songs. "Nothin' But The
Taillights" saw Black supported by high-quality guest musicians including
Alison Krauss, Mark Knopfler, and Chet Atkins. Clint produced himself for the
first time on the highly eclectic "D'Lectrified".
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