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Steve Wariner

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Steve Wariner (born Steven Noel Wariner, December 25, 1954, Noblesville, Indiana) is an American country music singer, guitarist and songwriter. He was one of the most popular artists during the 1980s, thanks to a string of No. 1 singles recorded for both RCA and MCA Records. After his popularity waned somewhat during the mid-1990s, he enjoyed a resurgence thanks to his 1998 hit “Holes in the Floor of Heaven.”


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Wariner began performing as a youth in his father’s band and in local clubs. In 1971, he was hired as a bassist for Dottie West’s band. He also worked heavily with Chet Atkins (one of his childhood influences) and he played with Bob Luman’s band.

His first major recording contract was with RCA Records in 1978. His first single releases failed to chart in the top 40 of Billboard magazine’s Hot Country Singles chart, although the song “I’m Already Taken” was re-released in 1999, peaking at #3 that year. His first No. 1 hit came in December, 1981, with “All Roads Lead to You.”

However, his real popularity didn’t take off until the mid-1980s, when he began recording for MCA Records. During his six-year stint with MCA, he scored 19 consecutive top 10 hits, eight of them going to No. 1 on Billboard magazine’s Hot Country Singles chart. The most successful of those songs included “Some Fools Never Learn” (1985, his second No. 1 hit), “What I Didn’t Do” (1985), “You Can Dream of Me” (1986), “Lynda” (1987) and “I Got Dreams” (1989).

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