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Gary Morris

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Gary Morris (born December 7, 1948) is an American country music singer and theater actor who enjoyed a string of Countrypolitan hit songs throughout the 1980s. He is best known for the 1983 ballad “Wind Beneath My Wings.” He later became a successful theater actor.

Gary Morris was born as Gary Gwyn Morris in Ft. Worth, Texas in 1948. He had two siblings, a twin sister and a younger brother. Even though Morris was best known for pop-oriented hits, he was descended from a long line of traditional country singers who sang hard-twang roots country as well as gospel. While in the third grade, Morris and his sister won a talent show contest by singing their rendition of the Rosemary Clooney pop hit “This Old House.” Morris was very athletic in high school and played four sports there, leading to a scholarship with Cisco Junior College in Texas.

Around the same time, however, music began to fascinate Morris, and rather than play sports he decided instead to move to Colorado and try a career in music. He and two friends formed a trio and began singing. When the band asked a Colorado Springs bartender if they could get up on the bandstand and perform a few songs, the audience’s response (and tips) convinced Morris to put his college plans on hold to pursue a performing career. During this time, Morris made a living singing in nightclubs around Denver, Colorado. He also wrote a few commercial jingles for Frontier Airlines.

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