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Tug McGraw had a brief affair with Tucker, Tim's mother, and he was originally
named Samuel Timothy Smith. Trimble raised Tim in Start, Louisiana, near
Monroe. He didn't discover that McGraw was his father until he was 11.
As a child, Tim McGraw was torn between a career in music and a career
in athletics. While attending Northeast Louisiana University, McGraw was
drawn to a musical career and started playing in clubs around Louisiana.
Dropping out of college in 1989, he left for Nashville and played in clubs
in that city hoping to be discovered.
Tim McGraw signed with Curb Records in 1990 but it wasn't until 1992 that
he had his first minor hit "Welcome to the Club" off his self-titled
debut album which failed to make much of a dent on the charts. He achieved
a couple of minor hits, "Memory Lane" and "Two Steppin
Mind", off the same album in 1993.
McGraw's second album Not a Moment Too Soon went on to become the best
selling country album in 1994. The first single written by John D. Loudermilk
called "Indian Outlaw' caused considerable controversy as critics
argued that it presented native Americans in a patronizing way. As a result
of the controversy, some radio stations refused to play it, but among
some Indian tribes, the song was popular, going to the top of the playlist
at the clear channel KTNN, the radio voice of the Navajo Nation. The controversy
helped spur sales and the song became McGraw's first top ten country single
and reached top 20 on the pop charts.
McGraw's second track "Don't Take the Girl", a ballad, reached
the top of the country charts as did the title track in 1995. "Down
on the Farm" reached number two and "Refried Dreams" reached
the top 5. The album sold over 5 million copies, topping the Billboard
200 as well as the country album charts. Tim McGraw won Academy of Country
Music awards for album of the year and top new male vocalist in 1994.
Tim's continued success and home life
All I Want released in 1995 continued his run of success debuting at number
one on the country charts. The album sold over two million copies and
reached top 5 on the Billboard 200. "I Like It, I Love It" reached
number one on the country charts as the leadoff single while "She
Never Lets It Go to Her Heart" also went to number one in 1996. "Can't
Really Be Gone" reached number two and "All I Want is a Life"
and "Maybe We Should Just Sleep On It" reaching top 5.
In 1996, Tim McGraw toured the US on the "Spontaneous Combustion"
tour, which was the most successful country tour of that year. Faith
Hill was his support act and the title of the tour turned out to be
prophetic as the singers married late in the year. The couple have had
three daughters - Gracie Katherine born May 5, 1997, Maggie Elizabeth
born August 12, 1998 and Audrey Caroline born December 6, 2001.
His happy family life is in contrast with his father who had a reputation
as a hell raiser. Tug McGraw once famously said: "Ninety percent
I'll spend on good times, women, and Irish Whiskey. The other ten percent
I'll probably waste."
Tim McGraw also produced the debut album by Jo-Dee Messina with long-time
associate Byron Gallimore. He has co-produced all three of her albums
Everywhere continued his golden run topping the country charts and reaching
number two on the album charts in 1997. The album sold 4 million copies.
The first single "It's Your Love", a duet with Faith Hill, reached
number one on the country charts, reached the top ten in the pop charts
and became the most played single in the history of the Billboard country
charts. Five more singles "Everywhere", "Where the Green
Grass Grows", "One of These Days", "For a Little While",
and "Just to See You Smile" reached the top of the country charts
from the album. "Just to See You Smile" set a new record spending
42 weeks on the Billboard charts. The Country Music Association awarded
Everywhere its album of the year award for 1997.
A Place in the Sun in 1999 was another huge hit topping the US pop and
country album charts and selling three million albums. It featured another
four chart topping singles on the country charts including "Please
Remember Me" with Patty Loveless "Something Like That",
"My Best Friend" and "My Next Thirty Years". By 1999,
Tim McGraw had taken over from Garth Brooks as the most popular singer
in country music.
Faith Hill's career was also going well. Another duet between the pair
"Just to Hear You Say You Love Me" reached the top five of the
US country charts. Faith reached number 7 on the Billboard 200 with lead
single "This Kiss" reaching number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100
pop charts and also making the pop charts in other countries including
Australia and Canada. Faith also made number 11 on the Canadian album
charts. Her follow up album Breathe consolidated her success reaching
number one on the Billboard 200 upon release on November 21, 1999 with
the title track reaching number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. The Way you
Love Me also reached number 7. The album also featured another duet between
the couple called "Let's Make Love" which won a Grammy in 2000
for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. By the end of 1999, Tim McGraw was
the most popular country male singer and Faith Hill was one of the most
popular singers along with Shania Twain.
During summer 1999, Tim McGraw toured the US with the Dixie Chicks as
the support artist as well as appearing as the headline artist at the
George Strait Country Music Festival. In 2000, McGraw released a "Greatest
Hits" album which again topped the charts spending nine weeks on
top of the country charts. He and his tour support artist Kenny Chesney
got involved in a scuffle with police officers when Chesney attempted
to ride one of their horses - Tim McGraw was later cleared of the charges.
In the latter half of 2000, McGraw and Hill went out on the "Soul
2 Soul 2000" tour playing to sellout crowds in 64 venues including
Madison Square Gardens. It was one of the top tours of any genre in the
US and the leading country tour during 2000.
Set This Circus Down was released in 2001 featuring four number one country
hits - "Grown Men Don't Cry", "Angry All the Time",
"The Cowboy in Me" and "Unbroken." A duet with Jo-Dee
Messina "Bring on the Rain" also topped the country charts.
"Things Change" made the history as the first country song to
chart from a downloaded version following his performance of the song
at the CMA Awards Show.
Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors
In 2002, Tim McGraw bucked country music traditions by recording his album
Tim McGraw and the Dancehall Doctors with his tour band the Dancehall
Doctors in the Catskill Mountains. Unlike rock music where it is commonplace
for touring bands such as the E Street Band or Crazy Horse to play on
albums with the artist they support, country albums are normally recorded
with session musicians.
Tim McGraw states on his web site that he felt he owed it to the musicians
who had been an integral part of his success. "My previous albums
were done in pretty much the Nashville way-the session guys came in and
laid down their tracks and then I sang. I'm proud of all of those records,
but I wanted to capture some of the feel and groove that I loved in my
favorite records when I was growing up. It's almost unheard of for a country
artist to record with his road band, but my guys have been with me for
a long time, and they're an important part of what I do. And it was time
to get that on a record."
All of the Dancehall Doctors had been with Tim McGraw since at least 1996.
Darran Smith - lead guitar;
Denny Hemington - steel guitar;
Bob Minner - acoustic guitar;
John Marcus - bass guitar;
Dean Brown - fiddler;
Jeff McMahon - keyboards;
Billy Mason - drums; and
David Dunkley - percussion.
Tim McGraw and the Dance Hall Doctors was released on November 26, 2002
reached number 2 on the country charts with "Real Good Man"
reaching number one. "She's My Kind of Rain" reached number
2 in 2003 and "Red Rag Top" reached the top 5. The album also
features a faithful cover version of "Tiny Dancer" from Elton
John's album Madman Across the Water. The artist also features appearances
by Kim Carnes on "Comfort Me" - a response to the September
11, 2001 attacks - and Don Henley and Timothy B. Schmit of the Eagles
Over and Over
In late 2004, Tim McGraw's unlikely duet with rapper Nelly on "Over
and Over", a soft ballad of lost love, became a crossover hit. 
"Over and Over" brought McGraw a success he had never previously
experienced on contemporary hit radio, and brought both artists success
neither had previously experienced in the hot adult contemporary market.
While enrolled at Northeast Louisiana University, McGraw joined the Eta
Omicron Chapter of The Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Two Fraternity brothers
from the Eta Omicron Chapter are still with him today, working as his
personnel manager on the road and his merchandising manager. At The Pi
Kappa Alpha Fraternity's 2002 International Convention in Palm Springs,
CA, McGraw was awarded the Distinguished Achievement Award. The Award
is one of the highest honors The Fraternity can give to an alum.
In a 2004 interview, McGraw said he would like to run for public office
in the future, possibly for Senate in his home state of Tennessee. In
the same interview, he praised former President Bill Clinton, unusual
in the traditionally conservative country music industry. "I love
Bill Clinton. I think we should make him king. I'm talking the red robe,
the turkey leg - everything."
McGraw also participated in the "Live 8: The Long Walk to Justice"
concert series, performing along with Faith Hill at the Rome, Italy concert
on July 2, 2005 as part of the effort to get G8 leaders to address the
humanitarian crises in Africa. McGraw's performance of "Live Like
You Were Dying" was one of the most re-played performances in Live
8 television recaps.
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