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Ricky Van Shelton
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    (January 12, 1952- )
    Born in Danville, Virginia
    Notable singles include 'Wild-Eyed Dream,' 'Crime of Passion,' 'Somebody Lied,' 'Life Turned Her That Way,' 'Don't We All Have the Right,' 'I'll Leave This World Loving You,' 'From a Jack to a King,' 'Hole In My Pocket,' 'Living Proof,' 'Statue of a Fool,' 'I've Cried My Last Tear For You,' 'I Meant Every Word He Said,' 'Life's Little Ups and Downs,' 'Rockin' Years,' 'I Am a Simple Man,' 'Keep It Between the Lines,' 'After the Lights Go Out,' 'Backroads,' 'Wear My Ring Around Your Neck,' 'Wild Man,' 'Just As I Am,' 'Still Got a Couple of Good Years Left,' 'Where Was I,' 'Wherever She Is' and 'The Decision'
    Notable albums include 'Wild-Eyed Dream' (1986), 'Living Proof' (1988), 'Ricky Van Shelton Sings Christmas' (1989), 'Ricky Van Shelton III' (1990), 'Backroads' (1991), 'Don't Overlook Salvation' (1992), Greatest Hits Plus (1992), 'Bridge I Didn't Burn' (1993), 'Love and Honor' (1994), 'Super Hits' (2005), 'Making Plans' (1997) and 'Blue Christmas' (2000)
    He is an alcoholic.
    His name leads to much confusion since Van is his middle name.
    His commercial success waned in the late 1990's.
    He walked out on his contract with Columbia Records citing he was frustrated with the lack of effort on the company's behalf.
    He is frequently assumed to be the uncle of fellow country singer Blake Shelton.
    Prior to landing his break in Nashville, he worked odd jobs and performed in various clubs to make ends meet.
    He recorded 20 Top 10 hits during the late 1980s and early 1990s.
    He recorded a duet with Dolly Parton.
    He had a total of five platinum selling albums during the course of his career.
    He has a street named after him in his hometown of Greta, Virginia.

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