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Clint Black is a country singer and songwriter and Grand Ole Opry inductee whose debut album stayed at No. 1 on the country album charts for 28 weeks.
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Country singer and songwriter. Born February 4, 1962, in Long Branch, New Jersey. A native of New Jersey, Black was raised in Houston, Texas. Influenced by a wide variety of musical acts, including George Jones, Lefty Frizzell, and Dire Straits, Black was playing acoustic guitar and singing by age 15. After dropping out of high school, he worked days as a fishing guide and ironworker while singing in local bars at night.
In 1987, Black met Z.Z. Top manager Bill Ham. Within six months, Ham had succeeded in signing Black with RCA. Black's debut album Killin' Time (1989) stayed at No. 1 on the country album charts for 28 weeks. Thanks in large part to its four No. 1 singles, "Better Man," "Killin' Time," "Nobody's Home," and "Walkin' Away," the album was certified triple-platinum. After a second successful album in 1990, Put Yourself in My Shoes, Black was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1991.
After the release of The Hard Way in 1992 and No Time to Kill in 1993, Black tried his hand at acting, appearing in television's Wings and the film Maverick in 1994. He released One Emotion in 1994, his Greatest Hits in 1996, Nothin' But the Taillights in 1997, and D'Lectrified in 1999.
In October 1991, Black married former Knots Landing star Lisa Hartman, also a singer. The couple was nominated for a Grammy Award in early 2000 for their collaboration, "When I Said I Do," which hit No. 1 on the country charts.
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