Gary Allan Herzberg, 5 December 1967, La Mirada, California, USA. This country singer-songwriter and keen surfer grew up in southern California. As a precocious teenager he first appeared on stage with the Herzberg family band. A&M Records were soon expressing an interest in the young singer, but his father put a hold on this development. Several years down the line Allan was running his own successful construction business and playing the local bar circuit with his band, the Cowboy Wranglers. His breakthrough came about when a rich benefactor paid for him to hire a studio in Nashville, where he recorded a demo tape with guitar player Jake Kelly. These demos helped secure Allan a contract with Decca Records, for whom he recorded his 1996 debut, Used Heart For Sale. A fine showcase for Allans take on Merle Haggard -style hardcore country, the album included the Top 10 hit Her Man. Further hits proved elusive until the title track of his second...
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