Dwight Yoakam


Dwight David Yoakam is an American singer-songwriter, actor and film director, most famous for his pioneering country music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than twenty-one albums and compilations, charted more than thirty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records.… Read More

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1956 Birth Born on October 23, 1956.


1974 17 Years Old Yoakam was born in Pikeville, Kentucky, the son of Ruth Ann (née Tibbs), a key-punch operator, and David Yoakam, a gas-station owner. He was raised in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Northland High School in 1974. … Read More


1977 20 Years Old Yoakam briefly attended Ohio State University, but dropped out and moved to Los Angeles in 1977 with the intent of becoming a recording artist. … Read More
1986 29 Years Old Yoakam's recording debut was the self-financed EP Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. on independent label Oak Records produced by lead-guitarist Pete Anderson; this was later re-released by Reprise Records, with several additional tracks, as his major-label debut LP, 1986's Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.. … Read More


1990 33 Years Old His third LP, Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room, included his first No. 1, a duet with his musical idol, Buck Owens, on "Streets of Bakersfield". 1990's If There Was a Way was another best-seller. … Read More


1997 40 Years Old He recorded a cover of The Clash's "Train in Vain" in 1997, a cover of the Grateful Dead song "Truckin'", as well as Cheap Trick's "I Want You to Want Me". … Read More
2003 46 Years Old In 2003, he provided background vocals on Warren Zevon's last album The Wind. … Read More
2005 48 Years Old 1 More Event
2005 saw the release of Yoakam's well-reviewed album Blame the Vain, on New West Records.


2007 50 Years Old He also released an album dedicated to Buck Owens, Dwight Sings Buck, on October 23, 2007.
2011 54 Years Old 1 More Event
His duet with Michelle Branch, a song titled "Long Goodbye", was released as a free download on her official website in early 2011.
2015 58 Years Old In February 2015, Yoakam announced a new studio album, titled Second Hand Heart and released on April 14.
2016 59 Years Old In 2016, he supported the album by performing at the C2C: Country to Country festival in Europe.
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