On This Day: Clint Black Scores 5th No. 1 Single With ‘Loving Blind’ in 1991

by Jim Casey

Clint Black reached the tops of the charts for the fifth time when “Loving Blind” hit No. 1 on March 23, 1991.

No one in the Class of ’89—Clint Black, Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt—came out firing hotter than Clint. 1989’s crop of newcomers helped catapult country music to unprecedented popularity over the following years by dropping iconic hits and dominating the charts. Country was cool again thanks to the Class of ’89.

Clint Black Heads the Class

Clint Black was the first of his Class to find success on the charts. Black released his debut single, “A Better Man,” in February 1989. The tune was the lead single from his upcoming debut album, Killin’ Time, which dropped in May. “A Better Man” topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in June.

A string of three more chart-toppers followed from Clint’s No. 1 debut album: “Killin’ Time,” “Nobody’s Home,” and “Walkin’ Away,” as well as No. 3 hit, “Nothing’s News.”

The success of Clint’s debut album helped him win a bevy of awards, including Album of the Year, Top Male Vocalist, Top New Male Vocalist, and Single of the Year at the 1989 ACM Awards, as well as the Horizon Award at the 1989 CMA Awards.

‘Loving Blind’ Tops the Chart

Buoyed by the Top 5 lead single, “Put Yourself in My Shoes,” Clint released his sophomore album of the same name in November 1990. The 10-song offering reached No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.

The album’s second single, “Loving Blind,” hit No. 1 on the country chart on March 23, 1991. Clint earned his fifth No. 1 single 30 years ago today.

Clint Continues to Climb

But Clint wasn’t finished. After his next single, “One More Payment” reached No. 7, he once again topped the chart with “Where Are You Now” in September 1991.

From his debut in 1989 to his sophomore album in 1991, Clint had scored two No. 1 albums and six No. 1 singles.

“1989 was the hardest year of my life,” said Clint to Country Weekly magazine in 2009. “I’m proud of my contribution and I feel like I gave it my best. Not to get too sappy, but I feel like I’m a part of history. And for people that are interested in country music, I’ll always have that place.”