He is a singer-songwriter, guitarist, bass guitarist, harmonica player, producer and actor born Clint Patrick Black in Long Branch, New Jersey, and raised in Katy, Texas, with his three brothers.
Becoming interested in music from an early age he taught himself to play the harmonica when he was 13 years old and would later follow that by becoming proficient on the guitar and bass guitar. Deciding he wanted to venture into the music business, he left high school and joined up as a member of his brother’s band, which performed gigs in Houston, Texas.
At the same time he began writing songs and after collaborating with Hayden Nicholas he was signed to RCA Records by ZZ Top’s manager Bill Ham in 1989. This was when he was catapulted into stardom, with his first album, Killin’ Time, making the top of the album charts, that same album producing four No. 1 chart hits and allowing him to steal the show at the 1989 CMA award ceremony. This was just the beginning of what has turned out to be a very successful career to date.
He released a second album with further hit singles and toured with the group Alabama before marrying the actress Lisa Hartman. He has since released many albums and singles, which have all seen success to some degree or another, and his popularity in the 1990s was immense with him being rated one of the “50 Most Beautiful People in the World” in 1991 by People Magazine.
The 2000s have been a quieter time for him but he has still managed to retain a chart presence and leapt into the Top 5 again in a duet with Steve Wariner. He left RCA in the early 2000s and in 2003 co-founded the Equity Music Group record label. Keeping up with modern times, he has also released the digital Long Cool EP that has been made available for downloading. In 2005 he released his Drinkin’ Songs and Other Logic and then in 2007 issued the single “The Strong One” which was the first time he hadn’t written the song he recorded. This is found on his 2008 The Long Cool EP. The following year after financial problems Equity Music Group closed down.
In 2013 he released a “cracker barrel excusive” album of re-recordings of some of his hits and in 2015 he released his On Purpose on the Blacktop label.
Recognised for his contribution to music with his achievements of writing and releasing more than 100 singles which includes 30 chart singles with at least 13 No. 1s, and nine studio albums, he has been given his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
A small selection of albums he has appeared on include his own Put Yourself In My Shoes, The Hard Way, No Time To Kill, One Emotion and Nothin’ But Taillights as well as License to Chill by Jimmy Buffett , Complete Hits Collection: 1973-1997 by Billy Joel, It’s About Time by Kenny Loggins, Christmas Collection by Olivia Newton John, Mindfields by Toto and Bocephus Box by Hank Williams Jr. to name just a few.
As an actor he has appeared in several movies and television programmes that include the films Anger Management, Going Home, Maverick and Still Holding On: The Legend of Cadillac Jack and episodes of the TV shows Hope & Faith, Hot Properties, King of the Hill, The Larry Sanders Show, Las Vegas, Secret Talents of the Stars and Wings.
Here he is singing “Good Run of Bad Luck”….