Chris O’Kelley

Chris O’Kelley

BLOOMINGTON, IL - MAY 09: Alan Jackson performs at US Cellular Coliseum on May 9, 2015 in Bloomington, Illinois. (Photo by Daniel Boczarski/Getty Images)

It was on the date in 1989 the country music world all said, Hello Alan Jackson, it’s nice to meet you! Arista Records Nashville released the that would make Alan Jackson a household name overnight. “Here In The Real World” was released today in 1989. Now, let’s set the record straight here. It wasn’t the first song that Alan had sent to Country Radio. It was the one that kicked his career off. Prior to “Here In The Real World”, Country Radio got its hands on a song called “Blue Blooded Woman”. This song didn’t even break the top 40!

What A Career it’s Been

  • 75 Million Records Sold WORLDWIDE
  • 66 Songs Have Charted
  • 38 That Went Top 5
  • 35 Went To Number 1
  • 2 Grammy Awards
  • 16 CMA Awards
  • 17 ACM Awards
  • Grand Ol Opry Member
  • Georgia Country Music Hall Of Fame
  • Country Music Hall Of Fame
  • Songwriters Hall Of Fame!

It all started in 1958 in Newnan Georgia.  The only boy and 4 sisters of Daddy Gene & MaMa Ruth Jackson.  Right after Graduation, Alan joined the band, Dixie Steel.  When he was 27, Alan and his wife of six years, Denise, moved from Newnan to Nashville, where he hoped to pursue music full-time.

in 1989, he became the first artist signed to the newly formed Arista Nashville branch of Arista Records.  Arista released Jackson’s debut single, “Blue Blooded Woman”, in late 1989. Although the song failed to reach the top 40 on Hot Country Songs, he reached number three by early 1990 with “Here in the Real World”.   This song served as the title track to his debut studio album, Here in the Real World, which also included two more top five hits (“Wanted” and “Chasin’ That Neon Rainbow”) and his first number one, “I’d Love You All Over Again”.

Don’t Rock the Jukebox was the title of Jackson’s second album. Released in 1991, it included four number-one singles: the title track, “Someday”, “Dallas” and “Love’s Got a Hold on You”, and the number three “Midnight in Montgomery”.

So much to write about when it comes to Alan Jackson, but when it’s all said and done, Alan will be remembered as the man who kept traditional country music alive and brought our country together in one of our deepest darkest times, 911!

Lets walk down memory lane a bit with Alan Jackson

  • "Here In The Real World"

  • Blue Blooded Woman!

  • Chattahoochee

  • It's 5 O'clock Somewhere!

  • Tonight I Climb The Walls

  • Gone Country

  • Wanted

  • Little Bitty

  • Someday

  • Even Christmas Music

  • And Gospel

  • More Gospel

  • And More Gospel

  • And His Biggest Of All

  • Alan Jackson Reveals He Has Degenerative Nerve Condition

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