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Dwight Yoakam


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Dwight David Yoakam (born October 23, 1956) is an American singer-songwriter, actor and film director, most famous for his pioneering music. Popular since the early 1980s, he has recorded more than 21 albums and compilations, charted more than 30 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, and sold more than 25 million records. Yoakam has recorded 5 Billboard #1 Albums, 12 Gold Albums, and 9 Platinum Albums, including the Triple Platinum This Time. In addition to his many achievements in the performing arts, Yoakam is also the most frequent musical guest in the history of The Tonight Show.

Yoakam was born in Pikeville, Kentucky, the son of Ruth Ann, a key-punch operator, and David Yoakam, a gas-station owner. He was raised in Columbus, Ohio. He graduated from Columbus’s Northland High School in 1974. During his high school years, he excelled in both music and drama, regularly securing the lead role in school plays, such as “Charlie” in a stage version of Flowers for Algernon, honing his skills under the guidance of teacher-mentors Jerry McAfee (music) and Charles Lewis (drama). Outside of school, Yoakam sang and played guitar with local garage bands, and entertained his friends and classmates with his impersonations, such as Richard Nixon, who, at the time, was heavily embroiled in the Watergate controversy.

Yoakam briefly attended Ohio State University, but dropped out and moved to Nashville in 1977 with the intent of becoming a recording artist. Later on, Ohio Valley University in Parkersburg, West Virginia awarded and presented Dwight with an honorary doctorate degree on May 7, 2005.


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  • CountryRockBR

    Suspicious Minds is a great cover by DY!!

    5 May 9:25pm Reply
  • Almandarina

    V’s of Birds <3

    18 Apr 10:56pm Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Cool Music

    15 Apr 8:40am Reply
  • jrs1991

    Great new album

    14 Apr 7:26pm Reply
  • jessyrocker

    Love this Music

    10 Apr 5:01pm Reply
  • Falling_Eagle

    great country

    11 Jun 2013 Reply
  • boutboulman

    I've just come here having watched Panic Room, and... this is not what I was expecting!

    24 May 2013 Reply
  • maxson924

    Wow. I just heard this guy (Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc.) for the first time and he's completely changed my perception of country music. This is great.

    20 Nov 2012 Reply
  • u2theedge

    fine album

    1 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Gaynor7

    Rock It All Away D-W-I-G-H-T...LOVE THREE PEARS.

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • DeadKinks

    Damn good new album indeed.

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • tsudduth24

    Wonderful new album, very enjoyable. I liked Nothing But Love, A heart Like Mine and Take Hold of My Hand the best

    22 Sep 2012 Reply
  • dorish

    Stockholm a few days ago, lovely. Love You Dwight!!!

    18 Jun 2012 Reply
  • live2tell

    He's my number 1.

    26 Apr 2012 Reply
  • runner_bird97

    I like a lot of artists, even a bunch of mainstream acts, notably Dierks, Miranda, Gary Allan, Vince. But I just rediscovered DW's "This Time" and I have to say he is my #1 favorite. This cd is flawless and I can't stop listening! This is Country, folks. Sounds even better than it did when it came out. I got his first 2 records on vinyl back in the day and fell for him. I didn't keep up w/ him so I'm playing catch up. Best there is. Rock on, Dwight.

    11 Feb 2012 Reply
  • VK1990

    Turn It On, Turn It Up, Turn Me Loose

    22 Jan 2012 Reply
  • noiresque

    One of the better actor/musicians as well. He was great in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada.

    12 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Mildblues

    Dwight + Beck = Insane!

    3 Nov 2011 Reply
  • CrazyMtBillies

    hang onto this buddy !!!!!

    1 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Splash777

    There are select few in any genre that are at this level of originality, genius and ability.

    23 Oct 2011 Reply
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