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Kelly Clarkson Joins Reba McEntire In Heartfelt Duet Of 'The Greatest Man I Never Knew'

Reba mcentire Songs | Kelly Clarkson Joins Reba McEntire In Heartfelt Duet Of 'The Greatest Man I Never Knew' | Country Music Videos
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Reba McEntire is the ultimate entertainer, and when it comes to beautifully touching songs like "The Greatest Man I Never Knew", she has a way of pulling at our heartstrings. Add in the fresh and talented Kelly Clarkson and you have a goldmine. 

In 1992 McEntire recorded "The Greatest Man I Never Knew". It was the fourth and final single off of her For My Broken Heart album, and reached #3 on the Billboard country charts. One of the writers, Richard Leigh claimed the song was about his own father, and it is one that so many people can connect to. 

Clarkson has been vocal about the lack of relationship she had with her father, and perhaps that's the reason this performance really captures the essence of the lyrics. McEntire and Clarkson both deliver the words with such strong conviction and emotion, making for an overall exceptional performance. 

Both women are true artists, and have found success in their collaborations together. Since her days on American Idol when McEntire was just a role model she looked up to, Clarkson has found a mother-in-law in McEntire. In 2013 Clarkson married McEntire's step-son Brandon Blackstock, furthering the relationship with her musical icon. 

McEntire also joined Clarkson on her hit song "Because Of You" off of her second studio album, Breakaway. We hope for more collaborations in the future from these two! Such powerhouse vocalists belong together.

Watch the beautiful duet of "The Greatest Man I Never Knew" below.  


The greatest man I never knew
Lived just down the hall
And everyday we said hello
But never touched at all
He was in his paper
I was in my room
How was I to know he thought I hung the moon

The greatest man I never knew
Came home late every night
He never had too much to say
Too much was on his mind
I never really knew him
And now it seems so sad
Everything he gave to us took all he had

Then the days turned into years
And the memories to black and white
He grew cold like an old winter wind
Blowing across my life

The greatest words I never heard
I guess I'll never hear
The man I thought would never die
S'been dead almost a year
He was good at business
But there was business left to do
He never said he loved me
Guess he thought I knew


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