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21 Years Ago: Clay Walker Earns First Platinum Record With Self-Titled Debut

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Twenty-one years ago today, on Aug. 31, 1994, Clay Walker was undoubtedly in a celebratory mood. It was on this day that the singer-songwriter earned his first platinum record, signifying sales in excess of one million units, with his self-titled debut.

The album, which was released on Giant Records, included three No. 1 singles, “What’s It to You,” “Dreaming With My Eyes Open” and “Live Until I Die,” which Walker penned by himself.

“The song kind of wrote itself, there was no struggle at all,” the Texan recalls to Country Weekly. “Melody and words all came to me at the same time, and I wrote it in one night. It was like I was on this road — and it was the right road the whole time.”

Clay Walker kicked off a series of successes for the tunesmith. His next three albums, If I Could Make a Living, Hypnotize the Moon and Rumor Has It, each scored platinum status as well.

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