Black, Clint [Patrick ]
- David B. Pruett
(b Long Branch, NJ, Feb 4, 1962). American country recording artist. Despite the fact that Clint Black entered the country music mainstream in the late 1980s, he is frequently grouped with the “hat acts” of the early 1990s such as Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and Alan Jackson. However, it was his distinctive mix of Texan honky-tonk and pop rock, combined with his talents as a songwriter, entertainer, multi-instrumentalist, actor, and director, that paved the way for the artists who later overshadowed him throughout the 1990s and beyond.
Born in New Jersey and raised in Houston, Texas, Black spent his formative years as an ironworker, fishing guide, and bar room musician; he dropped out of high school in 1978 to perform in his brother’s band, which brought him considerable local success over the next few years. Black eventually caught the attention of RCA, which in 1987 offered him a recording contract. His debut album, ...