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27 Years Ago: Clint Black Earns His First Platinum Album With ‘Killin’ Time’

Clint Black Killin Time
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Twenty-seven years ago today, on Jan. 23, 1990, Clint Black had one million reasons to celebrate: It was on that date that the singer-songwriter earned his first platinum album with his Killin’ Time record.

Killin’ Time, which was released in 1989, was Black’s very first album. Black wrote or co-wrote all 10 songs on the project, and four of the tracks became No. 1 hits, including the record’s title track and his debut single, “A Better Man.”

Black ended 1990 on a high note as well: He met his now-wife, Lisa Hartman Black, at his New Year’s Eve show that year and married her less than one year later.

Killin’ Time earned Black an ACM Award for Album of the Year, with “A Better Man” earning the trophy for Single Record of the Year as well. The disc, which went gold for sales of 500,000 units only four months after its release, has sold more than 3 million copies in total and is available for download on iTunes.

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