Billy Ray Cyrus introduces country and line dancing to America with ‘Achy Breaky Heart’

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On July 18, 1992, “Achy Breaky Heart” reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100. Billy Ray Cyrus hits #1 in country music. This infectious tune contributed to the fact thatcountry music to enter the mainstream. Remember the hype surrounding this song?

In this performance, Billy Ray arrives at the Paramount Theater in a classic Cadillac limo. When he got out of his car, he was simply swarmed by women trying to touch him.

He simply rocked her signature ‘mullet” with a red shirt over a white sleeveless top. He played his left-handed acoustic guitar for the screaming fans while washing his thighs.

The crowd is electric, and they are performing a line dance to the song. Billy Ray joins in the fun by dancing all over the stage. He’s full of energy, alternating between playing guitar and dancing like Elvis reborn.

‘Achy Breaky Heart’ was written by Don Von Tress in 1990 and was first released by ‘The Marcy Brothers.’ However, Billy Ray’s recording skyrocketed to success on his debut album ‘Some Gave All.’

It was the first country single to be certified platinum since Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ ‘Islands in the Stream.’ The single was a success in multiple countries, and it led to the introduction of line dancing to mainstream America.

This tune may have even saved country music because it brought renewed interest to the genre from young listeners. Billy Ray Cyrus went on to success with the hit Disney show ‘Hannah Montana’ featuring his daughter Miley Cyrus. ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ was an undeniable force of nature that swept over the country in 1992.

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