Pat Alger

Decades: 1990s 2000s


23 September 1947, Long Island City, New York, USA. The 90s country singer and songwriter Pat Alger was raised in LaGrange, Georgia and had two uncles who played bluegrass and taught him the rudiments of country music. He was also inspired by James Taylor and Jimmy Webb. In 1980 he wrote his first hit song with ‘First Time Love’ by Livingston Taylor as well as ‘City Lights’, a duet by Livingston and his brother James. He worked as a graphic designer and wrote songs in the evening, including ‘Once In A Very Blue Moon’ (Nanci Griffith) and ‘Goin’ Gone’ (Kathy Mattea). After befriending Don Everly, he opened for his Dead Cowboy Band and then the Everly Brothers when they re-formed. He has made three albums and although he has a pleasant voice, it lacks range and his songs sound better sung by others. He co-wrote a country standard, ‘Lone Star State Of Mind’ for Nanci Griffith, which was an answer to Billy...

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