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Gary Allan (born Gary Allan Herzberg on December 5, 1967) is a country singer from Long Beach, California. Throughout his career, Allan has produced six albums: Used Heart For Sale, It Would Be You, the blockbuster Smoke Rings In The Dark, Alright Guy, See If I Care, and his most recent,'' Tough All Over.
Gary grew up on a California ranch. From early childhood, he was interested in surfing and country music. He was influenced by the stars of the Bakersfield scene, above all Buck Owens and Merle Haggard, and he began playing music himself. As a teenager, he accompanied his father, who made appearances in local bars and clubs. At age twenty, he founded his own band. It took almost seven years before a demo tape was heard by Decca Records. In 1996, a record contract was signed.
His wife, Angela Herzberg, shot and killed herself around 2:00 a.m. on October 25, 2004 in their Hendersonville, Tennessee home.
Gary Allan is currently a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.