One of the most recognizable and influential modern country artists, Alan Jackson turns 57 today.
Back in '58, Newnan Georgia became home to the iconic white-hat cowboy we all know today. Raised in a rural section of his birth state, Jackson and his four older sisters grew up in a house built around his grandpa's old toolshed.
Marrying his high school sweetheart, the newlyweds took off to Nashville so Alan could pursue a career in music. Starting out in a mailroom, he had a long series of rejections but finally broke through with his debut album Here In The Real World in 1990.
Jackson was part of a booming time in the country music industry and has since proven himself as an incredibly talented artist. Achieving over 30 number one singles (and writing a majority of them himself), Jackson has made his name a staple in any country music collection.
Alan Jackson hasn't slowed down even though his career spans nearly three decades. Just released, his album, Angels and Alcohol is topping the charts again. He continues to tour and is in the middle of his "Keepin' It Country" show right now.
His super-hit "Remember When" was released in 2003 to record breaking success. The second and last single from his compilation album Greatest Hits Volume II spent a total of 14 days at the No. 1 chart position.
Check out the video below to see him perform his iconic single "Remember When" at the Grand Ole Opry!
Remember when I was young and so were you
And time stood still and love was all we knew
You were the first, so was I
We made love and then you cried
Remember when we vowed the vows
and walked the walk
Gave our hearts, made the start, it was hard
We lived and learned, life threw curves
There was joy, there was hurt
Remember when old ones died and new were born
And life was changed, disassembled, rearranged
We came together, fell apart
And broke each other's hearts
Remember when the sound of little feet
was the music
We danced to week to week
Brought back the love, we found trust
Vowed we'd never give up
Remember when thirty something seemed old
Now lookin' back, it's just a steppin' stone
To where we are,
where we've been
Said we'd do it all again
Remember when we said when we turned gray
When the children grow up and move away
We won't be sad, we'll be glad
For all the life we've had
And we'll remember when
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