Billy Ray Cyrus: The Blessing of “Achy Breaky Heart”

How the Hit Song Landed in His Lap

It’s been a little more than 25 years since we first heard of Billy Ray Cyrus and his “Achy Breaky Heart.”

And the star of CMT’s Still the King recently talked with industry publication Country Aircheck about the song and its special anniversary.

“I wish I’d written ’Achy Breaky Heart,’ but I wouldn’t want to take that away from Don Von Tress. He wrote it, and I got the blessing of hearing it at the right time. I was looking for one more song for my debut album, and that thing landed in my lap,” Cyrus said of his hunt for songs for Some Gave All.

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