Clint Black at Paris Las Vegas

Dec 11, 2001 2:15 AM

Clint Black has brought the music world a string of million-selling albums and more than 25 Top 10 hits, all self-penned. Now, the former Houston honky-tonker will perform at Paris, Tuesday through Thursday at 10:30 p.m. For tickets, call (702) 946-4567 or (877) 374-7469.

A member of country music’s acclaimed Class of ’89 (which also boasted Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson and Travis Tritt), Clint Black distinguished himself from the start as a poet, singer and showman. His duet partners have included Roy Rogers and Martina McBride. His songwriting collaborators have included Merle Haggard, Jimmy Buffett and Steve Wariner. He began directing his own videos in 1993; and became the first to create them on large format, 65mm film.

Clint Patrick Black was born in Long Branch, New Jersey but raised in Houston, Texas. He dropped out of high school to play music. After building a local reputation, he was brought to the attention of RCA Records, which signed him to a recording contract in 1987. Starting with his first single, “A Better Man,” in 1989, Black scored four straight No. 1’s. That same year, he won the Country Music Association’s Horizon Award and the following year its male vocalist of the year prize. In 1991, he joined the Grand Ole Opry and married actress Lisa Hartman.

His dedication to his art has been repeatedly recognized by his industry. His albums Killin’ Time and Put Yourself In My Shoes became back-to-back multi-platinum successes in 1990-91. The Hard Way and No Time To Kill duplicated their predecessor’s million-selling successes in 1992-93.

The following year, Greatest Hits became a double platinum record. His platinum 1997 collection Nothin’ But The Taillights yielded three No. 1 singles and two Grammy award nominations. He won a Grammy for his 1998 participation on the all-star collaboration “Same Old Train” on the album Tribute To Tradition.