His second album, Not a Moment Too Soon, was much more successful, becoming the best-selling country album in 1994.
The first single, "Indian Outlaw", caused considerable controversy, as critics argued that it presented Native Americans in a patronizing way.
From the time of his mother's marriage until the time he met his biological father, his last name was Smith.
Mc Graw has released fourteen studio albums (eleven for Curb Records and three for Big Machine Records).10 of those albums have reached number 1 on the Top Country Albums charts, with his 1994 breakthrough album Not a Moment Too Soon being the top country album of 1994.Mc Graw is of Italian and Irish descent, on his mother's side, and of Scots-Irish, English, Scottish, Swiss, Dutch, Czech, and German descent on his father's side.In 1966, Tug was a pitcher for the Jacksonville Suns, and he lived in an apartment above Betty D'Agostino, who attended Terry Parker High School.The Country Music Association awarded Everywhere its Album of the Year award for 1997.
At the 40th Grammy Awards, "It's Your Love" received two Grammy Award nominations for Best Country Collaboration With Vocals and Best Country Song. He also contributed a song for the Grammy-winning tribute album to Bob Wills entitled Ride With Bob.
In acknowledgement of his grandfather's Italian heritage, Mc Graw was honored by the National Italian American Foundation (NIAF) in 2004, receiving the NIAF Special Achievement Award in Music during the Foundation's 29th Anniversary Gala.
Samuel Timothy Mc Graw was born in Delhi, Louisiana, the only child of Elizabeth "Betty" Ann D'Agostino (b.
Several weeks later, he was able to play his tape for Curb executives, after which they signed him to a recording contract.
In a 2001 retrospective on Mc Graw's career in Billboard, a former program director for Nashville station WSM-FM said that he added the song to the station's playlist because it showed "undeniable promise," while another former program director at WXTU in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania recalled that Mc Graw's debut single was "terrible" but that he booked the singer to make an appearance at the station due to his father's fame.
It featured another four chart-topping singles on the country charts including "Please Remember Me", "Something Like That", "My Best Friend", and "My Next Thirty Years". A cover of "Milk Cow Blues", this song was recorded as a duet with Asleep at the Wheel, whom he had met while performing together at the George Strait Country Music Festival.