Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 1962 Ty Herndon was born in Butler, Alabama?

Yes, indeed. It’s true! He went on to win the Male Star of Tomorrow honor in the TNN/Music City News awards in 1996, while fashioning such hits as "What Mattered Most," "Living In A Moment" and "Hands Of A Working Man".

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Here are 5 little known truths about Ty Herndon.

  • After he graduated from Austin High School in Decatur, Alabama, Herndon moved to Nashville to pursue a career in music. This didn’t prove to be easy though, and after 10 years he moved to Texas.
  • He gained a following on the Texas honky-tonk circuit and, in 1993 he won Texas Entertainer of the Year.
  • In 1995, he was arrested in Fort Worth, Texas by an undercover police officer who alleged that Herndon exposed himself. When taken into custody, he was also discovered to be in possession of methamphetamine. A plea bargain saw the singer sentenced to community service and drug rehabilitation, and the charge of indecent exposure was dropped.
  • His life went on the downward slide starting in 2002 when he stopped touring. He had a series of bad things happen from a divorce and bankruptcy, among other things. He checked himself into rehab for the second time in his life in 2004.
  • He seems to have turned his life around though as he has raised money for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, the Special Olympics and the Drug Abuse Resistance Education program.