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Clint Black

A country music traditionalist from Texas, Clint Black was one of the first artists to kick-start the mass-market popularity of country in the '90s. Black is also one of the first artists of a generation that was equally inspired by rock-oriented pop -- like '70s singer/songwriters and '60s rock & roll -- as well as country artists like Merle Haggard, Bob Wills, and George Jones. He offered a shiny, marketable version of traditional country and in the process paved the way for a new generation of country artists, particularly Garth Brooks. After Brooks broke through into the pop mainstream, Black's career began to fade somewhat, but he remained one of the most popular and acclaimed vocalists of the '90s.

Black was born in New Jersey but raised in Katy, TX, a suburb of Houston. As a child, he listened to both country and rock & roll, but he didn't begin playing guitar until the age of 13, when he started playing harmonica. Two years later, he began writing songs, as well as performing in his brother Kevin's band, where he played bass and sang. In the early '80s, he began busking on the streets of Katy, eventually working his way into coffeehouses, bars, and nightclubs.

In 1987, Clint met Hayden Nicholas, a guitarist and songwriter who had a home studio. Nicholas and Black began collaborating together, writing songs and recording demos; Nicholas would become the bandleader for Black, playing lead guitar and co-writing a large majority of his hit singles. A tape of their songs made its way to Bill Ham, the manager of ZZ Top. Impressed with the tape, Ham became Black's manager; the singer had a contract with RCA Nashville by the end of 1988.

"A Better Man," Black's first single, was released early in 1989 and it went to number one -- he was the first new male country artist to have a number one hit with his debut single in 15 years. Black was an immediate sensation throughout country music and he played the Grand Ole Opry in April, one month before his debut album, Killin' Time, was released. Killin' Time was an immediate hit, going gold within six months and spawning four other hit singles, including the number ones "Killin' Time," "Nobody's Home," and "Walkin' Away." At the end of 1989, he won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award, as well that organization's Best Male Vocalist Award. He also won Best Album, Best Single, Best Male Vocalist, and Best New Male Vocalist awards from the Academy of Country Music and the NSAI Songwriter/Artist of the Year Award. By the end of 1990, Killin' Time sold over two million copies in America.

Black released his second album, Put Yourself in My Shoes, in 1990. Like the debut, Put Yourself in My Shoes was a major success, spawning four Top Ten hits ("Put Yourself in My Shoes," "One More Payment," and the number ones "Loving Blind" and "Where Are You Now"), selling over two million copies, and peaking at number 18 on the pop charts. Even though it sold well, it didn't receive the same critical acclaim as the debut. Nevertheless, Black was named Best Male Vocalist that same year. Throughout 1990, Black was on tour with Alabama and appearing on television shows across the country. In 1991, several singles from Put Yourself in My Shoes charted and he was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry. On New Year's Eve of 1991, he married the television actress Lisa Hartman.

Black began 1992 in a lawsuit with his manager. Black claimed that his original contract gave Ham too large of a percentage of the singer's royalties and publishing rights. For seven months he was embroiled in the lawsuit, during which he was recording his third album. By the summer, the suit was settled and his new album, The Hard Way, finally was released. The Hard Way received positive reviews and became an immediate hit, peaking at number two on the country charts and crossing over into the pop Top Ten. The first single from the album, "We Tell Ourselves," reached number one that summer. Black began a lengthy world tour in June of 1992 to support The Hard Way.

Although it was a success, The Hard Way wasn't as popular as Black's first two records, selling no more than a million copies. Released in 1993, No Time to Kill, his fourth album, continued the stagnation in his record sales, even though its sales were more than respectable -- the album went platinum and spawned the hit single "When My Ship Comes In." During the fall of 1994, Black released his fifth album, One Emotion, followed a year later by the seasonal effort Looking for Christmas. Nothin' But the Taillights appeared after a two-year hiatus, and in 1999 Black celebrated a decade of recording with D'Lectrified. Several hits collections followed into the new millennium. In 2004, Black returned with Spend My Time, his first batch of new material in over six years, closely followed by Drinkin' Songs & Other Logic in 2005. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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megan1490
I love when my ship comes in the song also Clint black is a better county singer why did true country have to die?
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megan1490
This song reminds me of mavrick the movie with Mel Gibson, Jodie foster
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Thee song remind me of my mom
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Love this song reminds me of my dad :-)
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My brothers favorite song
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Crazy
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Remember him in concert. Nice.
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jamieb12871
ANOTHER PROUD(2B)TEX A N ...supposedl y I roofed his home near Lake ARLINGTON ('89/'90)... s m a l l world
GREAT TOWN
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Killing time
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Sure do miss that voice on the radio
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Awesome singer.
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Clint Black one of the finest songwriters in country music,PERIOD !
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Clint Black to me is one of the best right next George strait and several other country singers of the early ninties
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He is the way to see
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The 90s country music is best and ole Clint ranks # 1 in my book
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amystark11
I enjoy Clint Black music all the time! Will never tire of listening to it!
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This is a favriot
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friedgreenca t s
DON'T TRY THIS BECAUSE IT ACTUALLY WORKS! Go to the freezer and take out some ice. Drop some cubes in a tall glass. Add three shots of tequila and some mixer. Drink. You will have a great buzz soon and it will transport your memories back to when 90s country was the bomb. Then press F1 and the help screen will appear. Type in refill. If you re-post this ten times in 30 seconds you will find a free bottle of tequila outside your front door.
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Great music,
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Ok
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I knew Clint in Houston. Met at the Hulabaloo Club. He's done great because he is GOOD!
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Why do you think that?
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HE'S NOT TRUE COUNTRY
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love the 90s country.
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Got to see Clint Black backin 1990 or so. I was like 5-8 but still remember it.
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Clint is the man. Period.
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Si tu dises Laura
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was looking for the song that was sung on Walking Dead on February 24 - Hold on
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coolmusiczon e _ 3 3
Awesome I love clint black
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thomvee
Great voice, great material and a** kick'n instumentati o n !
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dewitt.ryan
real country hell ya
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daddy_of_tip p y
I love Clint Black so much!! I listen to him to help me deal with all the stress I have do deal with in life. peace, Mommy of 5
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maxzx
As a 36 year old Jersey man going to Air Force Technical school in Biloxi, MS with a bunch of 20 year olds I was introduced to Client right after the release No Time to Kill.... been a fan ever since. Funny, anytime I hear Bad Goodbye or a Vince Gill song I'm reminded of that time... best year of my life..
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I remember seeing him at The Barn in Sanford, Fl before he hit it big.
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Absolutely in the top ten of all- time.One of the most under-rated (along with Travis Tritt),singe r s and songwriters !!!!!
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True to country music great voice would love to see him live
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info617023
looks like a young roy rogers. great talent.
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he has some very goodsongs..a n d we have the same birthday
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luluperks
He sounds nothing like garth brook...
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lap533
love him....
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alphasaluki
He had me at, "Hello!"
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I like the song on time to kill no he does sound like garth brooks
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dan.benson
sounds like Garth Brooks
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copman206
Clint just played the Spokane County Fair. Still a great musician live. A funny man also. He told some good jokes about him and Willie Nelson.
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anthonywafer 9 2
Clint Black is another one of my favorites in country music.
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v_cannon67
I remember seeing Clint for the first time on t.v and thought this young man is good. His music moved me He still has what it takes to send a message with lyrics. He was an up and coming artist then. I will always love his music.
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sassyjan
Clint you soundin good. I'm sure glad you got to Texas just as fast as you could. We are proud to have you.
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cconlon54
he has such a delicious voice!!!
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His song Like The Rain has become one of my favorites! Love it! Have you ever realized just how many country songs are about rain? There's literally hundreds! :). I wrote a post on my blog about that.
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he and his wife are so cute hun? hope they have more kids. just love him
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