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Lyle Pearce Lovett (born November 1, 1957) is an Americanmarker singer-songwriter and actor. Active since 1980, he has recorded thirteen albums and released 21 singles to date, including his highest entry, the #10 chart hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, "Cowboy Man". Lovett has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Male Country Vocal Performance and Best Country Album. His most recent, It's Not Big It's Large was released in 2007, where it debuted and peaked at #2 on the Top Country Albums chart. A new studio album, Natural Forces, was released on October 20, 2009 by Lost Highway Records.


Early life

Lovett was born in the unincorporated area of Kleinmarker, Harris Countymarker (suburban Houstonmarker), Texasmarker, the son of William and Bernell (née Klein) Lovett, a marketing executive and training specialist, respectively. He was raised as a Lutheran. Lovett attended Texas A&M Universitymarker, where he studied German and journalism, and lived next door to Robert Earl Keen.


Lovett's music career began as a songwriter, but he soon signed with MCA Records in 1986 and released his eponymous debut album. While typically associated with the country genre, Lovett's compositions often incorporate folk, swing, blues, jazz and gospel music as well as more traditional country & Western styling. He has won four Grammy Awards, including Best Country Album (1996 for The Road to Ensenada), Best Country Duo/Group with Vocal (1994 for "Blues For Dixie" with the Texas swing group Asleep at the Wheel), Best Pop Vocal Collaboration (1994 for "Funny How Time Slips Away" with Al Green) and Best Country Male Vocal (1989) for Lyle Lovett and His Large Band).

Lovett has acted in a number of films, including Robert Altman's films: The Player (1992), Short Cuts (1993), Prêt-à-Porter (1994), Cookie's Fortune (1999), and composed for Dr. T & the Women (2000). More recently, he has acted in The New Guy (2002) and Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story (2007). His television acting forays include Mad About You, Brothers & Sisters and Dharma & Greg.

Lovett was given an award called an "Esky" for Surest Thing in Esquire's 2006 Esky Music Awards in the April issue. The magazine said of Lovett: "The secret of Lyle Lovett's endurance comes down to the three C's: class, charisma and consistency... In the studio and on stage with his giant orchestra, he's spent two decades gracefully matching genuine songcraft with A-list musicianship".

Lovett primarily plays Collings acoustic guitars.

Personal life

Lovett's personal life was brought to the fore in 1993 when he married actress Julia Roberts. The couple had met on the set of The Player in 1992. After a three-week romance, they eloped and married in June 1993 in Marion, Indianamarker. The couple divorced less than two years later, in March 1995. The marriage breakup was said to be caused by their career demands causing the two to often be away from each other. They would, though, remain friends, and Roberts would even sing one of Townes Van Zandt's songs (recorded by Lovett on Step Inside This House) in her 1998 movie Stepmom. To discover more about the relationship, devoted fans have spent long hours poring over the lyrics of Lovett's 1996 album, The Road To Ensenada. Lovett has been dating April Kimble since 1999.. Lyle has three children including Robert (35 years old), Sara and Teddy.

His small-town life was again brought to the public's attention on March 28, 2002 when Lovett was caught by a bull and rammed into a fence on his uncle's farm in Klein, Texasmarker, before being pulled to safety. Lovett fully recovered after six months and began touring again in the summer of 2003.

On 18 September 2009 he appeared on Later... with Jools Holland to promote songs from his forthcoming album "Natural Forces".


Studio albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications

(sales threshold)
US Country US CAN Country CAN NZ
1986 Lyle Lovett
1988 Pontiac
  • Release date: 1988
  • Label: Curb Records
12 117
1989 Lyle Lovett and His Large Band
  • Release date: January 25, 1989
  • Label: Curb Records
10 62 45
1992 Joshua Judges Ruth
  • Release date: March 31, 1992
  • Label: Curb Records
57 49 23
  • US certification: Gold
1994 I Love Everybody
  • Release date: September 27, 1994
  • Label: Curb Records
26 40 36
  • US certification: Gold
1996 The Road to Ensenada
  • Release date: June 18, 1996
  • Label: Curb Records
4 24
  • US certification: Gold
1998 Step Inside This House 9 55
  • US certification: Gold
2003 My Baby Don't Tolerate 7 63 *
2007 It's Not Big It's Large
  • Release date: August 28, 2007
  • Label: Lost Highway Records
2 18 *
2009 Natural Forces
  • Release date: October 20, 2009
  • Label: Curb/Lost Highway Records
8 29 23
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Live albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US CAN Country
1999 Live in Texas
  • Release date: June 23, 1999
  • Label: MCA Nashville
7 94 14

Compilation albums

Year Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US
2001 Anthology, Vol. 1: Cowboy Man
  • Release date: October 23, 2001
  • Label: MCA Nashville
26 195
2003 Smile
  • Release date: February 25, 2003
  • Label: Curb/MCA Nashville
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country US Main CAN Country CAN CAN AC NL
1986 "Farther Down the Line" 21 Lyle Lovett
"Cowboy Man" 10 23
1987 "God Will" 18 23
"Why I Don't Know" 15 24
"Give Back My Heart" 13 18 Pontiac
1988 "She's No Lady" 17 8 48
"I Loved You Yesterday" 24 40
"Simple Song" 74
"If I Had a Boat" 66 76
"I Married Her Because She Looked Like You" 45 Lyle Lovett & His Large Band
1989 "Stand by Your Man" 82
"Nobody Knows Me" 84
"If I Were the Man You Wanted" 49 50 Non-album song
1991 "You Can't Resist It" 77 33
1992 "You've Been So Good Up to Now" 33 Joshua Judges Ruth
1996 "Don't Touch My Hat" 68 The Road to Ensenada
1997 "Private Conversation" 72
2000 "San Antonio Girl" Anthology Volume 1
2003 "My Baby Don't Tolerate" * My Baby Don't Tolerate
2004 "In My Own Mind" *
2007 "South Texas Girl" It's Not Big It's Large
2008 "No Big Deal"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
* denotes unknown peak positions

Guest singles

Year Single Artist Chart Positions Album
1996 "You've Got a Friend in Me" Randy Newman 40 Toy Story





  1. Lyle Lovett Page at Allmusic - Lovett's Genre and Styles. Retrieved February 2, 2007
  2. Lyle Lovett Biography (1957?-)
  3. NPR Music: Lyle Lovett: 'My Baby Don't Tolerate'
  4. Fretbase: Play Guitar Like Lyle Lovett
  5. Lyle Lovett album chart history -
  6. RPM magazine searchable database
  7. RIAA Certification Database for Lyle Lovett
  8. CRIA Certificiation Database for Lyle Lovett
  9. Lyle Lovett single chart history -

  • Oermann, Robert K. (1998). "Lyle Lovett". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. p. 307.

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