“What’s it to You”
Written by Robert Ellis Orrall and Curtis Wright
#1 (1 week)
October 16, 1993
Radio & Records
#1 (1 week)
October 8, 1993
Clay Walker launches his career with a No. 1 hit.
The Road to No. 1
Texas native Clay Walker played guitar from the age of nine, and was entering local talent shows by his mid-teens. By the end of his teens, he was a touring musician with some regional radio airplay under his belt, thanks to a well-made demo tape that he promoted himself. While still in his early twenties, he was the house singer at Neon Armadillo, a very popular music venue that was regularly frequented by music industry professionals. James Stroud discovered him there and signed him to the new Giant Records division in Nashville.
The No. 1
“What’s it to You” was the lead single from his excellent self-titled debut album, and Walker’s charms as a singer are present here. As we’ll note frequently during this feature, part of his talent was an ability to elevate middling material.
“What’s it to You” is a generic song about falling in love, targeting the young audience now buying country records by the bucketload. Walker twangs and growls his way through it, selling it to the best of his ability, and it makes for pleasant enough radio filler that would’ve been dead on arrival in lesser hands. We’ll see a few of those, too, soon enough.
Anyway, he’s got better material on deck from his debut, and we’ll get to it soon enough.
The Road From No. 1
Walker’s next single will also top the charts, and it’s a cut above this one. Stay tuned.
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