Chanteur Country US né William Ray Cyrus, le 25 Août 1961 à Flatwoods (Kentucky).
Garth Brooks was far and away the biggest country music star of the 1990s,
but Billy Ray Cyrus was the artist who best exemplified how Nashville's take on
the music business had changed in that decade. Brooks was
the first country act who was introduced to the world with the same degree of
marketing savvy and commercial calculation as a major pop star, and with results
nearly any pop star would envy. Cyrus' first album debuted on the Billboard
album charts at number one, and would stay there for 17 weeks in 1992, supported
by a music video that sparked a new dance craze and a wave of publicity that
made him one of the most talked-about people in America, and one of country
music's first real-deal sex symbols. To many, Cyrus became a symbol of
Nashville's new commercial acumen, while others saw him as evidence of how far
country music had strayed from its roots. Caught somewhere in between was Cyrus himself,
a performer who found he had to prove himself as an artist after he had become
one of the greatest popular success of all time.
William Ray Cyrus was born in Flatwoods, Kentucky on August 25, 1961. Cyrus' father, Ron Cyrus, was a politician who spent 21 years in the Kentucky House of Representatives before retiring from office in 1996. Ron Cyrus was also an amateur guitar picker, Billy Ray's mother played piano, and his grandfather, a Pentecostal minister, played the fiddle, and family jam sessions were common in the Cyrus household, dominated by country, gospel, and old standards. Billy Ray's initial attempts to teach himself to play his father's guitar were foiled by the fact he was left-handed while his dad was right-handed, and it was years before he finally picked up the right instrument and learned to play.
While Cyrus enjoyed music, he had a talent for baseball, and attended Georgetown College on an athletic scholarship. But academics and baseball took a backseat to music after he picked up the guitar; he and his brother formed a country-rock band called Sly Dog, and in 1982 they landed a standing gig at an Ironton, Ohio roadhouse, prompting Cyrus to quit school and pursue music full-time. Sly Dog broke up after a fire burned down their home club as well as their gear in 1984, and Billy Ray relocated to Los Angeles in hopes of kick-starting his career. Cyrus had little luck in California, and moved back to Kentucky, but booked shows in Nashville as often as he could, refining his trademark blend of country and rock. In time, Cyrus attracted the attention of veteran country star Del Reeves, and when Cyrus landed a spot opening for Reba McEntire in Louisville in 1990, Reeves encouraged A&R men at Mercury Records to give him a look. After seeing Cyrus on an arena-sized stage, they quickly signed him to a record deal.
Mercury put together an aggressive promotional campaign for Cyrus that focused on his rugged good looks and his stage presence. Both were on prominent display in the music video for Cyrus' first single, which was designed to tie in to the growing popularity of line dancing in country music clubs. The video for "Achy Breaky Heart" received extensive play in clubs and on country-formatted television outlets, leading to major airplay for the single. "Achy Breaky Heart" became a phenomenon as the single went platinum, and Cyrus' debut album, Some Gave All, shot to the top of the Billboard charts and went on to sell nine million copies.
The history of popular music teaches that most great success come with a backlash, and Cyrus soon found himself strongly criticized by country music traditionalists, who didn't care for his rock-oriented sound, as well as by a variety of commentators who saw him as a product that became a success as a result of marketing rather than talent. Cyrusenjoyed enough success in 1992 to shrug off such criticism, but when he released his second album, pointedly titled It Won't Be the Last, in 1993, it failed to produce a single as successful as "Achy Breaky Heart," and though the album went platinum, it was a considerable disappointment compared to the debut. Cyrus' third album, 1994's Storm in the Heartland, received little support from country radio and struggled to go gold, and while critics began to warm to Cyrus with the tougher and more personal sound of 1996's Trail of Tears, the album was a flop, and following 1998's Shot Full of Love, Mercury parted ways with the man who helped them change the shape of the country music recording industry.
In 1999, Cyrus began dipping his toes into acting, playing a country singer named Lasso Larry Larson on an episode of The Love Boat: The Next Wave, and he landed a small role in David Lynch's Mulholland Drive in 2001. While Cyrus continued to make albums -- Southern Rain in 2000, Time Flies in 2003 -- they largely went unnoticed, but in late 2001, he landed the lead role in a cable television series, Doc, in which he played Dr. Clint Cassidy, a physician from the deep south who relocates to New York City. The show fared well enough to last until 2004, and made him a viable name in show business again; Cyrus also recorded a Christian album in 2003, The Other Side, which gave him a chance to explore his gospel roots.
In 2006, Cyrus dropped his ninth album, Wanna Be Your Joe, on Universal's New Door Records imprint; the album included his tribute to the hairstyle he rocked in his "Achy Breaky Heart" days, "I Want My Mullet Back," and its release coincided with his return to television. Cyrus' daughter Miley (born the same year "Achy Breaky Heart" was a hit) was cast in the title role of the Disney situation comedy Hannah Montana as an ordinary teenager who moonlights as a pop star, and Billy Ray, reasonably enough, co-starred as her father and manager, Robbie Stewart. While Miley was the show's star, Hannah Montana's massive success gave Billy Ray plenty of face time and raised his profile considerably. Wanna Be Your Joe became his first album to go gold since 1994, and he also enjoyed chart success with the 2006 Hannah Montana album, which included his duet with Miley, "I Learned from You." Disney, eager to make the most of the show's success, signed Cyrus to its own label, and Home at Last, which fused his country-rock sound with pop leanings, arrived in 2007. (That same year, Cyrus was a contestant on the popular television series Dancing with the Stars, where he lasted eight weeks.) A second album for Disney, Back to Tennessee, was released in 2009, while in 2010, Cyrus appeared on the self-titled debut album by his side project, Brother Clyde, an alternative/hard rock band. While Brother Clyde was initially launched as an all-star project with John Waite, Jeffrey Steele, and Phil Vassar, by the time the album was recorded, Cyrus was the only member of the original lineup still on board, and the group featured Jamie Miller of Snot on guitar and Samantha Maloney of Hole and Eagles of Death Metal on drums.
In January 2011, Hannah Montana finally ended its run after 98 episodes and a spin-off feature film, and five months later, Billy Ray released his final album for Disney, I'm American, a set of patriotic tunes that included a remake of "Some Gave All" and the title cut, written with his Brother Clyde bandmates. The following year, Cyrus announced he and producer Brandon Friesen had founded their own independent record label, Blue Cadillac Music, and their first release, Cyrus' Change My Mind, came out in the fall of 2012. Cyrus also announced he was writing his autobiography, Hillbilly Heart: A Memoir, which was published by Amazon in 2013. Three years later, Cyrus returned with Thin Line, a star-studded de facto tribute to outlaw country. In 2017 Cyrus released Set the Record Straight, which featured collaborations with Joe Perry, George Jones, Loretta Lynn, Bryan Adams, Glenn Hughes, and Miley Cyrus.
Talents : Singer, Songwriter, Guitar
Style musical : Contemporary Country, Country Rock, Country Pop
Years in activity :
|03/1992||SP MERCURY 866 522-7 (US)||.||Achy Breaky Heart / Wher'm I Gonna Live|
|06/1992||SP MERCURY 866 998-7 (US)||.||Could've Been Me / I'm So Miserable|
|09/1992||SP MERCURY 864 502-7 (US)||.||Wher'm I Gonna Live / Some Gave All|
|10/1992||SP MERCURY 864 778-7 (US)||.||She's Not Cryin' Anymore / Someday Somewhere Somehow|
|04/1993||SP MERCURY 862 094-7 (US)||.||Some Gave All / Star Spangled Banner|
|05/1993||SP MERCURY 862 448-7 (US)||.||In The Heart Of A Woman / Right Face Wrong Time|
|09/1993||SP MERCURY 862 754-7 (US)||.||Somebody New / Only Time Will Tell|
|1993||EP MERCURY 864 989-2 (NL)||Some Gave All / She's Not Cryin' Anymore / These Boots Are Made For Walkin’ [live]|
|01/1994||SP MERCURY 858 137-7 (US)||.||Words By Heart / Throwin' Stones|
|05/1994||SP MERCURY 858 746-7 (US)||.||Talk Some / Ain't Your Dog No More|
|10/1994||SP MERCURY 856 260-7 (US)||.||Storm In Heartland / I Ain't Even Left|
|01/1995||SP MERCURY 856 482-7 (US)||.||Deja Blue / Heart With Your Name On It|
|08/1995||SP COLUMBIA 38-77971 (US)||.||Fastest Horse In A One Horse Town / Cadillac Ranch|
|08/1996||SP MERCURY 578 304-7 (US)||.||Trail Of Tears / Harper Valley PTA|
|04/1997||SP MERCURY 574 638-7 (US)||.||It's All The Same To Me / Achy Breaky Heart|
|08/1997||SP MERCURY 568 794-7 (US)||.||Time For Letting Go / Cover To Cover|
|10/1998||SP MERCURY 566 582-7 (US)||.||Busy Man / Touchy Subject|
|03/1999||SP MERCURY 570 796-7 (US)||.||Give My Heart To You / Rock This Planet|
|07/2000||SP MONUMENT 31-79528 (US)||You Won't Be Lonely Now / We The People|
|05/1992||CD MERCURY 314 510 635-2 (US)||SOME GAVE ALL - I Could've Been Me / Achy Breaky Heart / She's Not Cryin' Anymore / Wher'm I Gonna Live / These Boots Are Made For Walkin' / Someday Somewhere Somehow / Never Thought I'd Fall In Love With You / Ain't No Good Goodbye / I'm So Miserable / Some Gave All|
|06/1993||CD MERCURY 314 514 758-2 (US)||IT WON'T BE THE LAST - In The Heart Of A Woman / Talk Some / Somebody New / Only Time Will Tell / Ain't Your Dog No More / Words By Heart / It Won't Be The Last / Throwing Stones / Right Face Wrong Time / Dreaming In Color Living In Black And White / When I'm Gone|
|11/1994||CD MERCURY 314 526 081-2 (US)||STORM IN THE HEARTLAND - Storm In The Heartland / Deja Blue / Redneck Heaven / Casualty Of Love / One Last Thrill / I Ain't Even Left / How Much / Patsy Come Home / Heart With Your Name On It / Only God Could Stop Me Loving You / Roll Me Over / Enough Is Enough / Past / Geronimo|
|08/1996||CD MERCURY 314 532 829-2 (US)||TRAIL OF TEARS - Trail Of Tears / Truth Is I Lied / Tenntucky / Call Me Daddy / Sing Me Back Home / Three Little Words / Harper Valley PTA / I Am Here Now / Need A Little Help / Should I Stay / Crazy Mama|
|06/1997||CD MERCURY 314 534 837-2 (US)||THE BEST OF BILLY RAY CYRUS - COVER TO COVER - It's All The Same To Me / Cover To Cover / Bluegrass State Of Mind / Trail Of Tears / One Last Thrill / Storm In The Heartland / Words By Heart / Somebody New / In The Heart Of A Woman / She's Not Cryin' Anymore / Could've Been Me / Achy Breaky Heart|
|11/1998||CD MERCURY 314 558 347-2 (US)||SHOT FULL OF LOVE - How's My World Treatin' You / Under The Hood / Give My Heart To You / Busy Man / Shot Full Of Love / Rock This Planet / Missing You / Touchy Subject / His Shoes / Time For Letting Go / American Dream|
|10/2000||CD MONUMENT NK-62105 (US)||SOUTHERN RAIN - You Won't Be Lonely Now / Southern Rain / All I'm Thinking About Is You / We The People / I Will / Love You Back / Burn Down The Trailer Park / Everywhere I Wanna Be / Crazy Bout You Baby / Without You / Hey Elvis|
|03/2003||CD UNIVERSAL 088 170 165-2 (US)||MILLENIUM COLLECTION - Achy Breaky Heart / Some Gave All / Could've Been Me / She's Not Cryin' Anymore / Wher'm I Gonna Live / In The Heart Of A Woman / Somebody New / Words By Heart / It's All The Same To Me / Busy Man|
|06/2003||CD MADACY MGL2-4114 (US)||TIME FLIES - What Else Is There / Bread Alone / Way It Is / She Don't Love Me (She Don't Hate Me) / Time Flies / I Luv Ya / I Still Believe / Without You / Hard To Leave / Nobody / Tell Me / Close To Gone / Stand Still / Back To Memphis / Some Gave All|
|10/2003||CD WORD 886274(US)||THE OTHER SIDE - Face Of God / Wouldn't You Do This For Me / Always Sixteen / I Need You Now / Love Has No Walls / Tip Of My Heart / Did I Forget To Pray / Holding On To A Dream / I Love You This Much / Other Side / Amazing Grace|
|06/2004||CD MERCURY B0002498-02 (US)||THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION - Achy Breaky Heart / Some Gave All / Could've Been Me / She's Not Cryin' Anymore / Wher'm I Gonna Live? / In The Heart Of A Woman / Somebody New / Words By Heart / Talk Some / Storm In The Heartland / Deja Blue / The Fastest Horse In A One Horse Town / Trail Of Tears / Truth Is I Lied / Three Little Words / Harper Valley P.T.A. / It's All The Same To Me / Time For Letting Go / Busy Man / Give My Heart To You / You Won't Be Lonely Now|
|08/2004||CD POLYGRAM INT. 544438 (UK)||ACHY BREAKY HEART - Achy Breaky Heart / Trail Of Tears / Harper Valley PTA / In The Heart Of A Woman / Busy Man / Never Thought I'd Fall In Love With You / Déjà Blue / Storm In The Heartland / Give My Heart To You / It's All The Same To Me / Three Little Words / His Shoes / Truth Is I Lied / It Won't Be The Last / Only God Can Stop Me From Loving You / Someday, Somewhere, Somehow / These Boots Are Made For Walkin' / Some Gave Al|
|02/2005||2 CD MADACY 251556 (US)||COLLECTION :
|07/2006||CD NEW DOOR 000699702 (US)||WANNA BE YOUR JOE - Wanna Be Your Joe / I Want My Mullet Back / The Man (Tribute To Dale EARNHARDT) / I Wouldn't Be Me / What About Us / Country Music Has The Blues (featuring George JONES, Loretta LYNN) / The Freebird Fell / I Wonder / Lonely Wins / How've Ya Been / Ole What's Her Name / Hey Daddy / Stand (featuring Miley CYRUS) / Bonus Track : A Pain In The Gas|
|07/2007||CD DISNEY B0001057-02 (US)||HOME AT LAST - Ready, Set, Don't Go / The Beginning / The Buffalo / Flying By / Brown Eyed Girl / Don't Give Up On Me / You've Got A Friend / You Can't Lose Me / I Can't Live Without Your Love / My Everything / Put A Little Love In Your Heart / Over The Rainbow / Stand|
|01/2008||CD MERCURY B 0010690-02 (US)||LOVE SONGS - She's Not Cryin' Anymore / In The Heart Of A Woman / I Am Here Now / Never Thought I'd Fall In Love With You / Only God Could Stop Me Loving You / Missing You / Three Little Words / A Heart With Your Name On It / Somebody New / Give My Heart To You / It Won't Be The Last / How Much|
|04/2009||CD WALT DISNEY / LYRIC STREET B0002344-02 (US)||BACK TO TENNESSEE - Back To Tennessee / Thrillbilly / He's Mine / Somebody Said A Prayer / A Good Day / I Could Be The One / Like Nothing Else / Country As Country Can Be / Love Is The Lesson / Give It To Somebody / Real Gone / Butterfly Fly Away|
|10/2009||CD UNIVERSAL 21708 (US)||BEST OF BILLY RAY CYRUS - Achy Breaky Heart / Busy Man / She's Not Crying Anymore / Could've Been Me / In The Heart Of A Woman / Somebody New / Words By Heart|
|03/2011||CD MERCURY 15250 (US)||ICON - Achy Breaky Heart / She's Not Cryin' Anymore / Wher'm I Gonna Live / In The Heart Of A Woman / Three Little Words / Could've Been Me / Storm In The Heartland / Somebody New / Harper Valley P.T.A. / Words By Heart / Truth Is I Lied / Some Gave All|
|06/2011||CD WALT DISNEY D0006626-02(US)||I'M AMERICAN - Runway Lights / We Fought Hard / Keep The Light On / Stripes And Stars / I'm American / Old Army Hat / Nineteen / Some Gave All|
|10/2012||CD ALLEGRO CORPORATION / BLUE CADILLAC MUSIC BCM 50022 (US)||
CHANGE MY MIND - Change My Mind / Once Again / Hillbilly Heart / Tomorrow Became Yesterday / Good As Gone / Forgotto Forget / That’s What Daddys Do / Hope Is Just Ahead / I'm So Miserable / Stomp
|04/2014||2 CD Hump Head HUMP159 (EUR)||
The Definitive Collection :
|06/2014||CD MERCURY / UNIVERSAL ? (US)||The Distance - Best of Billy Ray Cyrus - The Distance / Trail Of Tears / Call Me Daddy / Busy Man / Wanna Be Your Joe / Stand / The Freebird Fell / Need A Little Help / Country Music Has The Blues (feat: George Jones / Loretta Lynn) / Some Gave All [acoustic version] / Achy Breaky Heart|
|09/2016||CD Blue Cadillac Music 50032 (US)||Thin Line - Thin Line / Lovin' Her Was Easier (Than Anything I'll Ever Do Again) / They're Playin' Our Song / My Heroes Have Always Been Cowboys / Stop Pickin' On Willie / Sunday Morning Coming Down / Tulsa Time / Hillbilly On / Killing The Blues / I've Always Been Crazy / Hey Elvis / Help Me Make It Through The Night / Hope (Let It Find You) / Going Where The Lonely Go / Angels Protect This Home|
|11/2017||CD Average Joe's / Flatwoods FW113 (US)||
Set the Record Straight - I Wanna Be Your Joe / Tulsa Time [Rokman remix] / You Good / Folsom Prison Blues / Country Music Has The Blues / I Want My Mullet Back / Achy Breaky Heart 25th [Muscle Shoals mix] / I Wouldn't Be Me / Stand / Hey Daddy / The Freebird Fell / Trail Of Tears / Achy Breaky Heart 25 [spanglish] / Meant To Be / Achy Breaky Heart [remix] / Worry
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