November 6

Happy Birthday to The Amazing Songwriter Guy Clark

Today, let’s take the time to celebrate Guy Clark’s supposed to be 77th birthday. Let us listen to the music he wrote that became a hit in country music as well as the songs he recorded.

Guy Clark was born as Guy Charles Clark on November 6, 1941. Clark grew up in Texas which became an inspiration for most of the songs he wrote. He worked in a folk music revival when he was in Houston. Clark began writing songs when he moved to Nashville with his wife.

Guy Clark as a Performer

Clark not only worked as a songwriter, but he also established his singing career at the same time. In 1975, Guy released his first album Old No. 1. He scored his highest charting album in 2013, My Favorite Picture of You. Guy has only three singles that entered the Billboard chart (“Fools for Each Other,” “The Partner Nobody Chose,” and “Homegrown Tomatoes”). Clark may only have a few albums and singles on the Billboard chart, but most of the songs he wrote were performed by various artists and became big hits.

List of Some of Guy Clark’s Best Songs

“Desperados Waiting for a Train”

Clark wrote this song in 1973 for Jerry Jeff. He was inspired by a man who was renting a room at his grandmother’s hotel. In addition, the man works as a Gulf Oil employee. Rita Coolidge, David Allan Coe, and many more covered the song. However, it was the Highwaymen who made Clark’s song to enter the Billboard chart. “Desperados Waiting for a Train” reached number fifteen on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

“My Favorite Picture of You”

In 2013, Guy Clark included his song “My Favorite Picture of You” on his last album. The song was inspired by his wife. Furthermore, a picture of his wife was used as the cover for his album which was taken a long time ago. Guy’s album reached number twelve on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart.


“Heartbroke” is a song written by Guy Clark and performed first by country singer Rodney Crowell. However, it was Ricky Skaggs who made the song reach number one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. George Strait also recorded the song for his album Strait from the Heart.

Other Clark’s Songs Made Famous by Other Artists

There are other songs Clark wrote that other artists recorded or covered and made well known. Some artists who recorded Clark’s songs are:


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