The man who gave us so many ’90s country hits has died YouTube/Tracy Lawrence
YouTube/Tracy Lawrence

One of the guys who gave us some of our favorite ’90s country hits has died. Earl Clark passed away July 7 at his home near Nashville.

He’s best known for writing Tracy Lawrence’s 1993 chart-topping hit, “Can’t Break It to My Heart,” as well as Tracy’s top 10 hit from 1994, “Renegades, Rebels and Rogues.”

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That last song was featured on the soundtrack to the Mel Gibson western, “Maverick,” which explains the western-themed video Tracy shot for it.

Earl was also one of the writers on George Strait’s song “I Found Jesus on the Jailhouse Floor,” from Strait’s 2003 album, “Honkytonkville.”

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Here’s a clip of Earl performing “One Step at a Time,” a song he co-wrote that became the title cut of Strait’s 1998 album.

Tanya Tucker, Willie Nelson and Tim McGraw were among the other artists who have recorded Earl’s songs.

Before he was a songwriter, Earl got his start in the music business as a tour bus driver for Country Music Hall of Fame members including Ernest Tubb, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson and Jerry Reed.

You can bet Earl had some great stories from the decades he spent in country music. You can read his obituary here.

Hunter Kelly is a senior correspondent for Rare Country. Follow him on Twitter @Hunterkelly.
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