William Ray Cyrus, 25 August 1961, Flatwoods, Kentucky, USA. Cyrus comes from a preaching family and made his singing debut in his fathers gospel group. In 1983, he formed his own band, Sly Dog, but they lost their equipment in a fire in Los Angeles. He then worked as a car salesman, but he kept visiting Nashville in the hope of finding musical success. In 1992, he turned the Marcy Brothers Dont Tell My Heart into the simple but immensely catchy Achy Breaky Heart. Although the Cyrus virus proved infectious, the songs rhythms were close to Don Williams Tulsa Time. The video, in which the muscular, ponytailed Cyrus was mobbed by adoring women, also introduced a country music dance - the Achy Breaky, a variant of the traditional line dance. The song topped the US country chart and was easily the most successful country single released in the UK during 1992. Another star, Travis Tritt, derided Cyrus for...
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