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Neal McCoy

Neal McCoy's brand of neo-traditionalist honky tonk brought him a string of hits in the mid-'90s. McCoy was born Hubert Neal McGaughey, Jr. in Jacksonville, Texas, to a father of Irish descent and a Filipino mother. He grew up listening to all kinds of music -- country, swing, rock, disco, R&B -- and first sang in local gospel choirs. His voice developed into a rich baritone, and he first put it to professional use in an R&B band; soon, however, he returned to country music, playing bars and clubs all over Texas. In 1981, he won a talent contest that was attended by Janie Fricke, and she helped him land a slot on tour as Charley Pride's opening act. He spent six years in that capacity, and finally left to pursue his own recording career in 1988, when he released his debut single, "That's How Much I Love You," under the name Neal McGoy (the pronunciation of his birth name). Modifying it to the more common McCoy, he released his debut album, At This Moment, on Atlantic in 1990. Despite McCoy's growing reputation for exciting, freewheeling live shows, neither it nor the follow-up, 1992's Where Forever Begins, sold all that well.

However, McCoy's fortunes took a turn for the better with his third album, 1994's No Doubt About It. Both the title track and "Wink" topped the country charts, and "The City Put the Country Back in Me" went Top Five, helping No Doubt About It sell over a million copies. Suddenly a breakout star, McCoy returned in 1995 with You Gotta Love That, another platinum seller that produced a total of three number three singles: "For a Change," "They're Playin' Our Song," and the title track. 1996's Neal McCoy kept his hit streak going strong, giving him a third straight platinum album and another Top Five single in "Then You Can Say Goodbye." The following year saw the release of a Greatest Hits compilation, and McCoy offered a new album later in 1997 called Be Good at It. Despite another Top Five smash in "The Shake," album sales dipped below the million mark for the first time since McCoy's breakthrough. 1999's The Life of the Party, contrary to its title, was an album of ballads and soft country-pop tunes, and both it and 2000's 24-7-365 found McCoy's sales progressively slipping. Taking some time off to recharge, McCoy returned in early 2003 with The Luckiest Man in the World, following it with That's Life in 2005. Music of Your Life, a kind of big-band jazz and country amalgram with Les Brown, Jr. and recorded for a public television special, appeared in 2011, with a new studio album, XII, finally arriving in 2012. McCoy quickly returned in 2013 with Pride, a tribute to his hero Charley Pride.~ Steve Huey & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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Track List: Down On Ballpak Way (Single)

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i love 90's country!
joeburnside7
I love Got Mud by him.
Tulsa Oklahoma I've listen to him since I was a kid in the 90s :)
Does anyone no what Neal is doing now? Love his music
Saw Neal 2 nights in a row in Laughlin NV.. saw him first in 1993, and still LOVE him.. Very entertaining concert.. mingles with the fans, stops for pictures... LOVE LOVE LOVE him !! This is COUNTRY MUSIC !
augie_seward
This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of your life tomorrow. You will either get kissed or asked out, if you break this chain you will see a little dead girl in your room tonight. In the next 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry This freaked me out This isn't fake. Apparently, if you copy and paste this on ten comments in the next ten minutes, you will have the best day of yo
Just saw him this weekend in Las Vegas! He is still one of my most favorite performers!
Met him on the Blake Shelton Cruise - as I thought he is a sweetheart!
Been a Neal fan since the beginning!!!
Wink <;
bluegrassexp r e s s l l c
damn
No one can put on a show as good as Neal McCoy can, I don't care how hard they try. Linda Smith from Doddridge, Arkansas
too bad the so called country????? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? a r t i s t s of today cant sing like Neal,what a waste of country music ,give me neal,conwayl o r e t t a , s t a t l e r s ANY DAY
frederek8
I have to now add that He is REAL easy on the eyes as well. My Husband doesn't even mind. He takes me to every show we can. One time we even ran into him the day after a Varysburg (Buffalo Hill) NY concert crossing over to Canada Niagara Falls, He was all over the windows taking photos of the Great Niagara scenery. I could see he just has an appreciation for so much. You could see his excitement even about Falls.
frederek8
I've had the good fortune of attending many of his concerts. He is the absolute best entertainer. smooth mover, great voice, great choice of songs. Gotta love that Hillbilly Rap. I used more of Neal's music than any other artist for Line Dance lessons because it is also very danceable.
So rhymthic. Tunes for quickstep, cha cha's, vanilla line, waltz, something for every category! Can't wait for January's release of #12.
Just saw Neal McCoy this past weekend in Branson. Great show!!
mel12351
1 st.saw McCoy at Jamboree in the Hills 2004, and most recently and 3rd. time, last Thurs. at Galla Co. Fair, OH. Pure entertainmen t , each show has been very differant. Would really like to see him in Branson for hopefully a show that features only his songs.
One of the very best
GOODTIME SCOTTY! U R SO RUDE! DON'T U RELIZE THAT KIDS READS THIS STUFF?! WHY DON'T U STAY ON THE SUBJECT???? NEAL McCOY IS A VERY GOOD SINGER!
I've been to Neal's concerts since I first heard him in Marshall, Texas in 1986. He's the only country singer I listen too. I go see him in Branson as often as I can. He loves my Mounds Cake.
Wow! what a great performer. I was privileged to see him in Jackson Hole Wyoming. Great setting great evening with my father and Kaiya.
I really do like him and he is always nice to him whenever you runinto him in a store. Have had that pleasure several times in Longview, TX
In addition to failing to mention entertainer of the year, it also misses "Billy has his Beer Goggles On." Neal is a staple of Jamboree in the Hills, a four day country music festival in Ohio. Based on the strength of his live show alone, his label should be lining up songwriters for the guy.
bobnvb8
Neal McCoy is a suburb singer I love wink and the shake
His biography failed to mention that he made entertainer of the year.
Today is my 3rd month Anniversery. I bought my girlfriend a glass ROSE. Jessica Brady is my girlfriend!! ! I was told she thinks about me as much as I th ink about her, which is 24-7. I dream about her all the time, and everytime I sleep its about getting married to her and having a family with her, or liveing in fairytale and she is wearing a silk white dress, and I am her princess in other words her night shinning armor
i love his songs he is my fan for life by charlotte reyes. neal mccoy baby your fine to me.
hongisto
I enjoyed Neal McCoy back in the mid-nineties and enjoy listening to him now, he is a great entertainer.

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