Max D. Barnes

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Max D. Barnes
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Barnes and Merle Haggard performing in Nashville, Tennessee.
Background information
Birth nameMax Duane Barnes
Born(1935-07-24)July 24, 1935
Hard Scratch, Iowa, United States
DiedJanuary 11, 2004(2004-01-11) (aged 67)
Nashville, Tennessee, United States
GenresCountry
LabelsOvation, Polydor, Country Roads Records (UK)
Associated actsGeorge Jones, Merle Haggard, Vince Gill, John Anderson, Vern Gosdin

Max Duane Barnes (July 24, 1935 – January 11, 2004) was a country singer and songwriter born in Hard Scratch, Iowa. In 1973, Barnes moved with his family from Omaha, Nebraska to Nashville, Tennessee, where he died at age 67.

Career[edit]

Barnes gained success as a recording artist in the 1970s for Ovation Records, Polydor, and Country Roads Records.[1]

Over the course of his career, Barnes recorded more than 400 songs.[2] He composed some of his most popular country songs of the 1980s and 1990s.[3]. His works have sold over 50 million records worldwide.[4]

Notable cuts include:

Personal Life[edit]

Prior to gaining fame as a singer and songwriter, he was a semi-truck driver.

He is the father of three children, Genevieve Barnes Kephart, DeWayne Patrick Barnes and his youngest son award-winning singer/songwriter Max T. Barnes.

Awards[edit]

Barnes is a two-time CMA Song of the Year winner,[5] in 1988 for "Chiseled In Stone," co-written with Vern Gosdin, and in 1992 for "Look At Us," co-written with Vince Gill.[6] He was nominated for a Grammy in 1989 for "Chiseled In Stone".[7] He won the BMI Songwriter Award 18 times[8]. In 1992, he was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association's International Hall of Fame.[9]. He received the following awards:[10]

  • "Chiseled In Stone" – 1989 Country Award
  • "Don't Take It Away" – 1980 Country Award
  • "Don't Tell Me What To Do" – 1992 Country Award/Million-Air (2 million)
  • "Drinkin' And Dreamin' " – 1986 Country Award
  • "I Can't Love You Enough" – 1978 Country Award
  • "I've Got It Made" – 1995 Country Award/Million-Air
  • "I Won't Need You Anymore" – 1988 Country Award/Million-Air
  • "If I Didn't Have You" – 1993 Country Award/Million-Air (2 million)
  • "Joe Knows How To Live" – 1989 Country Award/Million-Air
  • "Let Go Of The Stone" – 1993 Country Award/Million-Air
  • "Look At Us"—1992 Country Award/Million-Air (2 million) – See Look at Us (Vince Gill song)
  • "Love Ten Feet Away" – 1987 Country Award
  • "Red Neckin' Love Makin' Night" – 1982 Pop Award/1982 Country Award
  • "Thank God For The Radio" – 1985 Country Award
  • "That Just About Does It" – 1990 Country Award
  • "Way Down Deep" – 1984 Country Award
  • "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes" – 1987 Country Award
  • "Do You Believe Me Now?" – Million-Air

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Max D. Barnes". Discogs. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  2. ^ "Max T. Barnes". Max T. Barnes. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  3. ^ "Country Songwriting Great Max D. Barnes Died in Nashville".
  4. ^ "Max T. Barnes | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  5. ^ "Past CMA Awards Winners and Nominees – 2017 CMA Awards". 2017 CMA Awards. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  6. ^ "Past CMA Awards Winners and Nominees – 2017 CMA Awards". 2017 CMA Awards. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  7. ^ "Vern Gosdin". GRAMMY.com. May 22, 2018. Retrieved May 28, 2018.
  8. ^ "Country Songwriting Great Max D. Barnes Dies in Nashville". BMI.com. January 12, 2004. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  9. ^ "Max D. Barnes, 67; Wrote Country Hits". Retrieved July 24, 2018.
  10. ^ "Country Songwriting Great Max D. Barnes Dies in Nashville".