12 January 1952, Danville, near Lynchburg, Virginia, USA. Shelton was raised in a church-going family and he learned to love gospel music. His brother worked as a musician and through travelling with him, he also acquired a taste for country music. He worked as a pipe fitter but his fiancée Bettye realized his singing potential, and in 1984, suggested that they went to Nashville where she had secured a personnel job. In 1986, he impressed producer Steve Buckingham during a club performance, and his first recording session for Columbia Records yielded a US Top 30 country hit in Wild-Eyed Dream. He then made the country Top 10 with one of his best records, the dramatic story-song Crimes Of Passion. In 1987, Shelton had a US country number 1 by reviving a song from a Conway Twitty album, Somebody Lied. The following year he had another number 1 with Harlan Howards Life Turned Her That Way, which, unlike...
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