Gary Burr

Induction Year: 2005


Birth Name: Gary Burr
Birth Date:
Place of Birth: Meriden, CT



Biography

With more than 20 ASCAP Awards, Gary Burr is one of the most successful contemporary songwriters in Nashville. Over the years, Gary has been named NSAI Songwriter of the Year (1992 and 1994), ASCAP Country Songwriter of the Year (1995) and Billboard Songwriter of the Year (1994). Though his base is in Country music, Burr in recent years has provided songs to Pop stars such as Clay Aiken, Michael Bolton, Ricky Martin and Kelly Clarkson. A Connecticut native, Gary moved to California to pursue a recording contract, and issued his debut album in 1978 on Lifesong Records. He joined Pure Prairie League after Vince Gill left the group in 1982. He initially scored as a songwriter in 1982 with Juice Newton’s hit “Love’s Been A Little Bit Hard On Me,” but not until several years later did he hit his stride as a composer. He moved to Nashville in 1989 and enjoyed a massive breakthrough in 1992-93 with four nearly simultaneous Top-10 hits. Since then, he has been consistently one of the most recorded songwriters in Music City.



Discography / Career Highlights

Catalog Highlights:
“Love’s Been A Little Bit Hard On Me” - Juice Newton, 1982 (#7 Pop/#30 Country)

“Burned Like A Rocket” - Billy Joe Royal, 1985 (#10)

“Make My Life With You” - Oak Ridge Boys, 1985 (#1)

“That’s My Job” - Conway Twitty, 1988 (#6)

“The Vows Go Unbroken” - Kenny Rogers, 1989 (#8)

“One Fall Is All It Takes” - Gary Morris, 1991

“I Wear Your Love” - Kathy Mattea, 1991

“Solid Ground” - Rob Crosby, 1991

“Quicksand” - Ronnie Milsap, 1991

“A Picture Of You” - Great Plains, 1991

“Watch Me” - Lorrie Morgan, 1992 (#2)

“Sure Love” - Hal Ketchum, 1993 (#3)

“Too Busy Being In Love” - Doug Stone, 1993 (#1)

“In A Week Or Two” - Diamond Rio, 1993 (#2)

“Silence Is King” - Tanya Tucker, 1993

“I Try To Think About Elvis” - Patty Loveless, 1994 (#3)

“Man Of My Word” - Collin Raye, 1994 (#8)

“One Night A Day” - Garth Brooks, 1994 (#7)

“We Don’t Have To Do This” - Tanya Tucker, 1994 (#11)

“What’s In It For Me” - John Berry, 1994 (#5)

“More Love” - Doug Stone, 1994 (#6)

“Where Was I” - Ricky Van Shelton, 1994 (#20)

“I Would Be Stronger Than That” - Faith Hill, 1994

“Just Around The Eyes” - Faith Hill, 1994

“Can’t Be Really Gone” - Tim McGraw, 1995 (#2)

“Till You Love Me” - Reba McEntire, 1995 (#2)

“What Mattered Most” - Ty Herndon, 1995 (#1)

“Rockin’ The Rock” - Larry Stewart, 1995

“The Time Machine” - Collin Raye, 1995

“A Thousand Times A Day” - Patty Loveless, 1996 (#13) - George Jones

“To Be Loved By You” - Wynonna, 1996 (#1)

“Heart Half Empty” - Ty Herndon & Stephanie Bentley, 1996 (#21)

“Cover To Cover” - Billy Ray Cyrus, 1997

“Getting Over You” - Janis Ian, 1997

“It Works For Me” - Barbara Mandrell, 1997

“Whenever I Remember Loving You” - Michael Bolton, 1997

“On The Side Of Angels” - LeAnn Rimes, 1998 (#4)

“Out Of My Bones” - Randy Travis, 1998 (#2)

“I Already Do” - Chely Wright, 1998 (#36)

“This Small Divide” - Jason Sellers, 1998

“A Man Ain’t Made Of Stone” - Randy Travis, 1999 (#16)

“Tomorrow’s Goodbye” - Lynyrd Skynyrd, 1999

“Kiss Me Now” - Lila McCann, 2000

“Midnight’s Gone” - Terri Clark, 2000

“Getting There” - Terri Clark, 2000

“It Was” - Chely Wright, 2000 (#10)

“Nobody Wants To Be Lonely” - Ricky Martin & Christina Aguilera, 2000 (#3 Adult Contemporary)

“You Made Me That Way” - Andy Griggs, 2001 (#19)

“Take Me On” - Richie Sambora, 2001

“I Don’t Know Why” - Carole King, 2001

“Maybe World” - Mary Chapin Carpenter, 2001

“Whenever You’re Ready” - Mary Chapin Carpenter, 2001

“Kick Start” - Lisa Loeb, 2002

“To Feel Again” - Michael Bolton, 2002

“This Is The Night” - Clay Aiken, 2003 (#1 Pop)

“Before Your Love” - Kelly Clarkson, 2003

“Nothin ’Bout Love Makes Sense” - LeAnn Rimes, 2005 (#5)

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