Tony Arata

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Anthony Michael "Tony" Arata (born October 10, 1957[1]) is an American singer-songwriter. His best known song is "The Dance", a number-one U.S. country hit for Garth Brooks in 1990. Other artists who have recorded his songs include Suzy Bogguss, Lee Roy Parnell, Patty Loveless, Trisha Yearwood and Emmylou Harris[2] He was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2012.[3]

Arata was born and grew up in Savannah, Georgia, attended the Georgia Southern University, and moved to Nashville in 1986.[2]

He recorded for Noble Vision Records in 1984, charting two singles on the Hot Country Songs charts.[1] In 2000, Arata released his album, Way Back Then.[4]

Year Title Chart Positions
US Country
1984 "Come On Home" 76
1985 "Sure Thing" 65


  1. ^ a b Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 30. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 
  2. ^ a b Tony Arata biography on
  3. ^ Tony Arata, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame.
  4. ^ Information at AllMusic

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