Personalities | Vince Gill | New Country & The Neo-Traditionalists
(Vocals, guitar, songwriter, b. 1957)
Oklahoman Vince Gill paid his dues, first in high-school band Mountain Smoke, then with Sam Bush in Bluegrass Alliance around 1975, and was a member of Pure Prairie League from 1978–80. Gill joined The Cherry Bombs in 1981, backing Rodney Crowell and Rosanne Cash, and befriended musician/producer/label executive Tony Brown, who first signed him to RCA, resulting in three Top 10 hits, then to MCA. In 1990, ‘When I Call Your Name’, the title track of his MCA debut album, became his first Top 3 hit. Gill, a smooth tenor, has maintained high standards ever since, achieving an all-time record 18 CMA Awards and hosting the Award Show for 12 years.
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