Clint Black was born in New Jersey but was raised in Houston. He
exploded on the country music scene in the late 80's and early 90's, about the same time that Alan Jackson and Garth Brooks were starting to make their mark.

Black dropped out of the high school to pursue a music career.  To support himself he has jobs as an ironworker and fishing guide.

He was starting to build a reputation locally around the Houston area when he came to the attention of RCA Records. He signed a contract with them in 1987 and released his first single "A Better Man" in 1989. That started a string of four consecutive number one songs.

That same year Black won the Country Music Association's Horizon award and the next year he walk away with the CMA's male vocalist of the year award.

He joined the Grand Ol Opry in 1991 and also married actress Lisa Hartman and had two more number one songs, "Loving Blind" and"Where Are You Now".

Clint Black appeared in Lubbock several times and the picture feature here was taken backstage at a concert in the early 90's when he performed at the South Plains Fair. I'm the one without the hat. What was I thinking!

It was on this day in 1991 Clint Black scored his fourth number 1 song of his career with "Walkin' Away".

So enjoy Clint Black on today's Retro Rack.

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