Clint Black
country singer-songwriter
Clint Black
Clinton Patrick "Clint" Black is an American country music singer-songwriter, record producer, multi-instrumentalist and occasional actor. Signed to RCA Records in 1989, Black made his debut with his Killin' Time album, which produced four straight number one singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts. Although his momentum gradually slowed throughout the 1990s, Black consistently charted hit songs into the 2000s.
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Greeley Stampede turns financial corner - Northern Colorado Business Report
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The Stampede has drawn many big-name entertainers in the past such as Tim McGraw, Keith Urban and Brad Paisley, but this year took it down a notch with Chris Young and Clint Black, two still very popular entertainers who demand a lower fee than top
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Life's a gamble - Hattiesburg American
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Mickey Gilley, Friday; Jo Dee Messina, Saturday; Clint Black, Sept. 2; Marie Osmond, Sept 3; Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Sept. 9. Details: (888) 946-2847, (228) 436-3000 or www.ipbiloxi.com. Come enjoy 83000 square feet of gaming complete with over
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JANICE ANN'S JOURNAL: Lufkin couple enjoys watching CMA show on TV after ... - Lufkin Daily News
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... Crystal Bowersox, Chris Young, Josh Turner, David Nail, Clint Black, Little Big Town, Thompson Square, Neal McCoy, Gretchen Wilson, Big and Rich, Jake Owen, Steel Magnolias, Easton Corbin, Randy Travis, Jason Aldean, Kelly Clarkson, Alan Jackson,
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OFF THE CLOCK; A Steadfast Pucker, and a Piano Concerto at His Lips
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Christopher W. Ullman still remembers the day when he realized he was a serious whistler. ''I was walking in a grocery store parking lot whistling, and some guy walking towards me called out, 'Beethoven! Third piano concerto!' '' he recalled. ''I said to myself, 'Whoa, I have a talent.' '' More than two decades later, Mr. Ullman, who works by day
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The Real Estate Council announces Giving Gala on October 6 with Clint Black - North Texas e-News
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The Real Estate Council's Giving Gala will feature 10-time, platinum-selling country artist Clint Black, a live auction of pint-size playhouses designed and built by members, and an opportunity to network in a fun, casual setting
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Clint Black to Perform at IP Hotel and Casino, 9/2 - Broadway World
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Prolific singer-songwriter Clint Black has long been heralded as one of Country music's brightest stars. His many talents have taken him even further, as Black has transcended genres to become one of the most successful artists in all the music
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Clint Black performs Friday at Chautauqua - GoErie.com
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Clint Black became a superstar with his 1989 debut, "Killin' Time." It produced five No. 1 hits and helped usher in new tradition-leaning country artists. Ten years later, Black appeared on "Celebrity Apprentice,"
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Sights & Sounds: Local Country Band Takes the 'Road' to Homecoming - Patch.com
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Annabelle Road For country music fans, Dierks Bentley, Clint Black and Gretchen Wilson may earn a mention if asked to name their favorites. For metro Detroiters in the know, Annabelle Road–performing at the Dearborn Homecoming at 6 pm on Sunday–likely
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'Weird Al' coming to Longview! - KLTV
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This year's Performance Series features the music of Ricky Nelson, John Denver and Dan Fogelberg; the voices of Ruben Studdard, Clint Black and parodies of popular music by Weird Al Yankovic; and performance artistry of Cirque Dreams, Riverdance and
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News - Monday 7/11 - Country Legend Clint Black signs on for Legends Golf Classic - KUIK
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FOREST GROVE - As if this rock star's tournament couldn't get more of a Nashville twang to it, country recording legend Clint Black has confirmed his attendance at the 2011 Pacific University Legends Golf Classic, which takes place on Sun.,
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Musical 'Urban Cowboy' a free show at Miller Outdoor Theatre July 14-19 - Your Houston News
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... which originated from Aaron Latham's Esquire article about Western nightlife. The musical features a book by Latham and Phillip Oesterman, and the score features a variety of country music tunesmiths, including Clint Black and Charlie Daniels
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Dog Ears Music: Volume 183 - Huffington Post (blog)
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After garnering much respect for his debut, Once in a Blue Moon, on Chrysalis Records, Ray Charles recorded one of Miller's titles, and music legend Allen Toussaint took him into the studio for his sophomore effort. Collaborations include Clint Black,
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Drive by fun at ABATE - Algona Upper Des Moines
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More than 8000 motorcycle enthusiasts are expected to visit the 180 acre campground over the Fourth of July weekend, with country music legend Clint Black performing at 10 pm on Saturday, July 2. Fireworks will follow the concert
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ABATE roars into Algona - Algona Upper Des Moines
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At 10 pm on Saturday, July 2, the headliner will be country music superstar Clint Black. “Saturday should prove to be a big night as Shelly Bush and the Broad Band opens for country music star Clint Black,” said McCormick
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Carmel's Palladium needs more money - Fox 59
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You've got everybody from Clint Black, KD Lang, to Chris Botti, Pat Benatar in addition to all kinds of symphony orchestras coming, along with Spyro Gyra, Yo-Yo Ma... the list goes on and on. It's impressive. The question is whether or not they can pay
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Clint Black
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    In July 2015, it was reported that Black had signed a new record deal with independent label Thirty Tigers to release an album of new studio material in the Fall.
    More Details Hide Details The record title was revealed shortly thereafter as On Purpose, with a release date of September 25. Few country singers fill their albums primarily with their own material, and although RCA Records often pushed Black to record the material of other artists, he refused. Black recorded only his own songs until 2007, when he released the single "The Strong One". Many of his songs were the result of a collaboration with Hayden Nicholas. Their first collaboration, "Straight From the Factory", took them only 20 minutes to write, although Nicholas would later comment that "most of 'em weren't that easy". Many listeners were incredulous that such a young man (27 at the release of his first album) could have such "a remarkably mature perspective". According to Black, "To me, a song is more than just something to sing. It's something to learn from. It's somebody else's true feeling. I'm always trying to get at the meaning. … When I write a line, I'm doing the same thing. I'm looking at it from the perspective of if I was driving down the road listening to it, what am I gonna get out of it?"
    In early 2015, Black appeared with Joe Nichols on the ACM Superstar Duets special, which featured modern artists teaming up with older icons that had influenced their music.
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  • 2013
    In 2013, he issued a Cracker Barrel-exclusive album which featured re-recorded versions of some of his biggest hits as well as three new songs.
    More Details Hide Details Black stated that he hired the same musicians that had played on the original versions to perform the new ones, and that some songs were approached from a "fresh angle" while others were made to be as close to the originals as possible.
  • 2012
    On July 24, 2012 Black is surprised by History Detectives on PBS.
    More Details Hide Details In the episode, the show pays a visit to his Nashville residence, to uncover the story behind an artifact given to him by his wife decades ago. Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, George Strait, and Willie Nelson are Black's biggest musical influences. His style is traditional country. His voice is described as a smooth baritone and was initially compared to Merle Haggard. Black was self-taught on harmonica, guitar and bass at an early age. On his studio albums he plays acoustic guitar, harmonica, percussion, electric guitar and bass harp. In concert he plays primarily guitar, but does play drums and harmonica. Today Clint Black is still an inspiration to new, up and coming country artist, as expressed by performers such as Jon Pardi and Aaron Watson. He & his wife, Lisa Hartman have a daughter, Lily Pearl Black, born in 2001. They have lived in Nashville, Tennessee since 2002 after living in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, California. Clint Black has catigorized himself as a "non donominational christain" and is an active member of his church where he sings and plays instruments in his congregation.
    On July 4, 2012, Black appeared on an episode of Lifetime's reality series, Coming Home, which documents servicemen and women returning to their loved ones in surprise reunions.
    More Details Hide Details In the episode, he is featured helping two children write a song about their Army captain father, who is returning from Afghanistan to surprise his family.
  • 2010
    More recently, he appeared in the movies Flicka 2 in 2010 and Flicka 3 in 2011.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    In 2009, Black appeared on ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.
    More Details Hide Details Black has enjoyed his television experiences, describing acting as "another way for me to expand my creative canvas. … I love to challenge myself." He believes that most of his fans "just see me as a musician who is stepping into and film temporarily and either doing it alright or not".
  • 2008
    In 2008, Black was a contestant on a short-lived CBS reality show, Secret Talents of the Stars, in which he practiced stand-up comedy.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he competed on the second season of Celebrity Apprentice. He was fired after the eleventh task, placing himself in fifth place, although he returned as a member of Joan Rivers' victorious team in the season finale.
    The song was included on his first digital EP, released on March 11, 2008.
    More Details Hide Details Titled "The Long Cool EP," the collection features Black's single, "Long Cool Woman", "The Strong One" and a duet with his wife titled "You Still Get to Me". Equity Music Group closed its doors in December 2008 due to economic difficulties. Black was also a judge for the 8th annual Independent Music Awards to support independent artists. Since the closure of his label in 2008, Black had intermittently hinted at a new album that never materialized.
  • 2007
    Black has continued to record new material, however. In 2007, he released the single "The Strong One" the first original song he has recorded that he did not write.
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  • 2005
    In 2005 Black released Drinkin' Songs and Other Logic.
    More Details Hide Details Black chose the title of the album to limit himself to simple topics in his past. He explained: "I went out and bought all the music I grew up on that I didn't already have and spent three months listening to only that. Only stuff from before I started making records, so it was pre-1989—Waylon, Willie, Buck Owens, Haggard, Don Williams, Jim Croce. And what I discovered was a simplicity in song that I had moved away from. It was quite an emotional journey because these were all the songs that moved me and inspired me to do what I've been doing ever since."
  • 2001
    Black and Hartman welcomed their only child, Lily Pearl Black, in May 2001.
    More Details Hide Details Black took a three-year break from the music industry to stay home with his daughter. He explained that "it ended up not being a smart career move, but it was a real smart dad move. … I wouldn't go back and try to do anything for my career in exchange for that." During his sabbatical, Black spent time reassessing his career. After deciding he was unwilling to work within the current recording industry system, he formed his own record label, Equity Music Group. Black admitted that it was difficult to leave RCA. In his 14 years with the label, he had sold over 12 million records. The new label operated under very different rules than those Black had begun his own career under. Artists were guaranteed ownership of their songs and were granted an equity stake in the label. The first release from the new label was Black's next album, Spend My Time; his eighth studio album was Black's first release in five years. The Houston Chronicle called it "arguably the most adventurous of his career".
  • TWENTIES
  • 1999
    In 1999, Black released D'lectrified, which relied completely on acoustic instruments.
    More Details Hide Details Nevertheless, USAToday thought the "album sounds as full and brash as an electric album since he used creative arrangements and horn sections". Three of the songs on the albums were remakes of previous Black singles. Several others featured guest appearances by some of Black's idols, including Waylon Jennings, Kenny Loggins, and Eric Idle. The songs tended to be longer than most of those played on country radio, with many stretching more than five minutes.
  • 1997
    Black's next album, 1997's Nothin' but the Taillights, was released to mediocre reviews.
    More Details Hide Details Thom Owens of AllMusic said that the album made no attempt to change his sound, and was "sturdy" but less country than his previous efforts. Lead-off single "Still Holding On", a duet with labelmate Martina McBride, became his first single to land outside the top 10, with a number 11 peak that year. He soon recovered his chart momentum with the number two "Something That We Do" followed by two straight chart-toppers in the album's Steve Wariner-penned title track and "The Shoes You're Wearing". The next two singles – the number 12 "Loosen Up My Strings" and number 29 "You Don't Need Me Now" – were less successful.
  • 1996
    In 1996, Black became the fourth country music singer to earn a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, he released his first greatest-hits package. This was led off by the chart-topper "Like the Rain", which spent three weeks at number one. After it came the number six "Half Way Up", his first single since "One More Payment" to miss the top five.
  • 1992
    To promote the album, Black launched The Hard Way Tour on June 26, 1992.
    More Details Hide Details The tour ran for 11 months. Reviewers noticed that with this album Black presented a "new, sexier image", wearing tighter clothing and in many cases leaving behind his trademark hat. Black commented simply that he was bored wearing the hat all the time. Black's fourth album, No Time to Kill was released almost a year after The Hard Way. The album received mixed reviews. The Houston Chronicle noted that Black's duet with Wynona Judd, "A Bad Goodbye", was "precisely the kind of radio-ready, big-production ballad that record companies tend to force on their artists when they sense that their careers are in trouble. It sticks out like a sore thumb in his body of work." On the other hand, a review in Time magazine thought the duet helped Black show his emotions more intensely. Some reviewers also noted that in some of the more serious songs on the album, Black's voice sounded strained.
    By mid-1992, Black's first two albums had sold a combined 5 million copies.
    More Details Hide Details The difficulties with Ham caused a delay in the release of Black's third album, The Hard Way, which was released on July 14. The album had been expected the year previously, and during the delay the country music scene changed. Both Alan Jackson and Travis Tritt achieved greater success, and Billy Ray Cyrus became a teen idol. The competition that Black faced was now much stiffer than with his earlier albums. According to Black, he and producer James Stroud spent more time putting this album together than either of those preceding and were "a lot more aggressive in the way we cut and mixed the album". Black was also more satisfied with the vocals on this album. Several of the songs on The Hard Way, including "Burn One Down", were initially reported to be Black's responses to his situation with Ham. Cowriter Nicholas refuted the rumors, maintaining that most of those songs were written in the late 1980s.
    In March 1992, Black sued his manager, Bill Ham, for breach of contract; Black sought $2 million in damages and requested that Ham return $4 million in royalties.
    More Details Hide Details Under the terms of their initial contract, Ham controlled all publishing royalties for any song that Black wrote or co-wrote for his first eight albums. Because Black wrote all of his own music, this amounted to a fee of 20 to 30 cents per album sold. Industry standards generally counseled songwriters to form their own publication companies, so they would be able to retain more of the royalties. Ham promptly countersued, blaming the initial lawsuit on poor advice Black received from his new personal assistant, his mother-in-law Jonni Hartman. His lawyer told the press that "Mr. Ham invested $1 million of his own money in Clint Black's career at a time when nobody else would do so. For that commitment, Mr. Black should show a little gratitude and honor his contracts".
  • 1990
    Black's second album, Put Yourself in My Shoes, was released in November 1990.
    More Details Hide Details It reached number two on the country chart and was in the top 20 on the pop album charts. This success on the pop charts resulted from a change in the way Billboard calculated album sales; a new reliance on Nielsen SoundScan instead of information from selected record stores showed that sales of country albums had previously been undercounted. The album did not meet with as much critical acclaim as his debut, but nonetheless still included several hit singles. He began touring with Alabama.
    Killin' Time was certified platinum in 1990.
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    Black began dating actress Lisa Hartman in 1990. The couple kept their relationship very quiet. The first picture of the two of them together was not published until the week they were engaged. The couple married in Katy, Texas in October 1991.
    More Details Hide Details Black has been a member of the Grand Ole Opry since 1991.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    Black won the Country Music Association's Horizon Award for best newcomer in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the year, his singles, "A Better Man" and "Killin' Time" place number one and number two on the year-end country singles charts. It had been 36 years since another artist had claimed both top spots in a single year. Looking back at the early stages of his career, Black recalled: "'At one point, I knew I crossed this line out of obscurity and I felt like no matter what happened from that point on I would always be remembered for "Killin' Time." There was this kind of mixed feeling of remorse and excitement.'" In late 1990, the Los Angeles Times surveyed country music industry insiders to determine which acts could be expected to sell the most records over the next seven years. Black placed second in the poll, two votes behind Garth Brooks. The survey results were surprising in that 10 of the top 20 artists named were relative newcomers to the industry; in the past, country music had been dominated by artists with several decades experience. The plethora of new acts confused some reviewers, however. Many reviewers lumped many of the new acts together; as Newsweeks David Gates wrote: "Good song, good voice, hot band: who cares which one it is this time?" Black soon became known as one of Nashville's "hat acts"; like other country artists such as Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and Mark Chesnutt, Black was a relative newcomer who wore a hat, and had "clean, neotraditional sound with pop appeal".
    He made his debut in 1989 with the single, "A Better Man", which reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs in early June.
    More Details Hide Details This marked the first time in 14 years that a debut single by a male artist had peaked at the top of the chart. In total, five singles off of his debut album reached number one, the first time any country artist had accomplished this feat.
    Black soon signed with RCA at that time considered one of the "most aggressive" labels in country music. His first album, Killin' Time, was released in 1989.
    More Details Hide Details Each song on the album was penned at least in part by Black; four of them were attributed solely to him, while the rest were collaborations with Nicholas. In a departure from most other country albums, Black used his road band instead of session musicians to record Killin' Time. The album was a critical and commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard Country Albums chart and certified platinum in 1990.
    Signed to RCA Records in 1989, Black's debut album Killin' Time produced five straight number one singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks charts.
    More Details Hide Details Although his momentum gradually slowed throughout the 1990s, Black consistently charted hit songs into the 2000s. He has had more than 30 singles on the US Billboard country charts, twenty-two of which have reached number one, in addition to having released nine studio albums and several compilation albums. In 2003, Black founded his own record label, Equity Music Group. Black has also ventured into acting, having made a cameo appearance in the 1994 film Maverick, as well as a starring role in 1998's Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack. Clint Patrick Black was born in Long Branch, New Jersey, the youngest of four children born to G.A. and Ann Black, and lived in nearby Red Bank. The family moved back to Texas, where G.A. Black had been raised, before Clint was one year old. He was raised in Katy, Texas. Music was always present in the house. Black taught himself to play harmonica before he was 13, and at 14 wrote his first song. His father remarked that it was at that age that the parents "first noticed that he had a great voice". By 15, Black had learned to play guitar. As a teenager Black joined his elder brothers, Mark, Kevin and Brian, in their small band. On Saturday afternoons, the family would host backyard barbecues and invite the neighborhood to listen to the boys sing.
  • 1987
    In 1987, at one of the gigs he met another guitarist, Hayden Nicholas.
    More Details Hide Details The two men connected musically and began a song writing partnership that would last decades. In the late 1980s, Black delivered a demo of their collaboration "Nobody's Home" to record promoter Sammy Alfano. Within two days of that delivery, Black was invited to a meeting with Bill Ham, who managed ZZ Top.
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  • 1962
    Born on February 4, 1962.
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