Ricky Van Shelton

Ricky Van Shelton

Born Jan 12, 1952

Ricky Van Shelton is a retired American country music artist. Active between 1986 and 2006, he has charted more than twenty singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts.

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1952 Birth He was born at Danville Regional Medical Center in Danville, Virginia, to Jenks and Eloise Shelton in 1952, but was raised in Grit, Virginia and went to High school in Gretna, Virginia. … Read More


1984 32 Years Old After he graduated from high school, Shelton started performing in area clubs and also worked a series of jobs. In 1984, Bettye Witt, his girlfriend at the time (and, since August 4, 1986, wife) found a job in Nashville, Tennessee (the Country music capital), and Shelton went along with her. … Read More
1986 34 Years Old In 1986, Jerry Thompson, a newspaper columnist, heard one of Shelton's demos, and arranged an audition with Columbia Records. … Read More
By 1987, Shelton released his debut album, Wild-Eyed Dream. … Read More
1990 38 Years Old …  In 1990, he recording a Christmas album entitled Ricky Van Shelton Sings Christmas. … Read More
1991 39 Years Old Shelton continued his success as the decade began to progress. The next year, 1991, proved another successful year for Shelton. … Read More


1992 40 Years Old 1 More Event
By 1992, Shelton's success on the Country charts was tapering off, and fast; like many others in the industry, he was swept out of popularity by the massive changes in country music that arrived in the early 1990s. … Read More
1993 41 Years Old By 1993, it was clear that Shelton was winding farther and farther away from the Top 10 on the Country charts.
1994 42 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1994, he had his last Top 40 hit with "Where Was I".
1997 45 Years Old In 1997, Shelton formed his own label entitled, RVS Records (which stands for his initials). … Read More
2000 48 Years Old In 2000, Shelton signed with the Audium label, where he made another album called Fried Green Tomatoes, which spawned his first single in over five years called "The Decision", but it failed to make a substantial impact on the Country charts.


2006 54 Years Old In May 2006, Shelton announced that he would be retiring from touring to spend more time with his family. … Read More
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