Doug Stone stopped country fans dead in their tracks with his 1990 debut single "I'd Be Better Off (in a Pine Box)."
The Newnan, Ga., native released his self-titled debut album that same year and entered the Top 5 with the song. He continued his string of hits with three additional Top 10 singles-"Fourteen Minutes," "These Lips Don't Know How To Say Goodbye" and "In a Different Light." The latter became his first career No. 1. The following year found Stone back at the top of the charts with his sophomore album, I Thought It Was You. Singles from the album include the title track, "Come in Out of the Pain" and "A Jukebox with a Country Song," his second No. 1. In three years, he released as many albums with 1992's From the Heart. Again, he appeared at or near the top of the charts. He added two No. 1 singles to his repertoire with "Too Busy Being in Love" and "Why Didn't I Think of That." He claimed a spot in the Top 10 with "Warning Labels" and "Made for Lovin' You." In 1993, Stone offered More Love, and three more Top 10 songs-"Addicted to a Dollar," "I Never Knew Love" and the album's title track. By 1995, he had accumulated enough material for his Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 which featured the hit "Little Houses." Later that same year, he released Faith in You, Faith in Me which produced two singles-the title track and "Born in the Dark."
Along the way, Stone overcame serious health obstacles that began to fill the headlines with material worthy of a country song. In 1992, he underwent quadruple bypass surgery only to suffer a heart attack in 1995. A plane crash nearly took his life in 1997. He didn't return until 1999 when he signed with Atlantic Records for the release of his album Make Up in Love that year. In 2002, he released The Long Way followed by 2007's My Turn and 2009's Live at Billy Bob's Texas.
Live at Billy Bob's Texas