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Never “Over You.”
When he was just a teenager, Blake Shelton suffered a devastating loss. 27 years ago today, Blake’s older brother Richie Shelton lost his life in a car crash at 24 years old. Honoring his brother, the country superstar took to Twitter to write an emotional tribute to Richie on the anniversary of his death.
“Lost my brother 27 years ago today. I was only 14 at the time but it changed my life forever… Made me realize that life is precious and there’s no time like RIGHT NOW to go for it… We still miss you Richie!!” wrote Shelton.
Lost my brother 27 years ago today. I was only 14 at the time but it changed my life forever… Made me realize that life is precious and there’s no time like RIGHT NOW to go for it… We still miss you Richie!!
— Blake Shelton (@blakeshelton) November 13, 2017
In memory of Richie, Blake co-wrote heartbreaking country ballad “Over You” with his then-wife Miranda Lambert back in 2011. “But you went away / How dare you? / I miss you / They say I’ll be okay / But I’m not going to ever get over you,” they wrote in remembrance of Richie.
Unsure if he’d be able to sing the deeply personal track night after night, Lambert recorded “Over You” for her Four the Record album, the ballad going on to win “Song of the Year” at the 2012 CMA Awards.
You can hear Shelton’s first-ever live performance of “Over You” below.
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