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Lonestar had already released nine singles, which included two No. 1 hits, by the time they released “Amazed” in 1999. But while the four-man group knew the ballad written by Marv Green, Aimee Mayo and Chris Lindsey was something special, they were ill-prepared for the impact the tune would have on their career.

“We heard the song at a song meeting at RCA,” lead singer Richie McDonald recently recalled to reporters. “We thought it was a very passionate song. We thought it was a beautiful love song. I don’t think we had any idea it was going to do what it did on the country chart.”

The song, from their Lonely Grill album, stayed in the top spot on the country charts for eight consecutive weeks, with a remixed version holding the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Top 100 for two weeks as well.

“It’s a universal song,” Richie said. “Sometimes when a song like that comes along, it needs a little pushing and prodding, but something like that was kind of a natural evolvement.”

Not all of the reception for the song was positive, however.

“We caught a lot of flack for it over the years, saying we sold out,” Richie added. “Of course, we had to have the pop mix, and the Hot AC mix. I was driving home from Nashville one day, and I swear I had no idea. I hear the four on the floor,” he says, stomping his feet and singing the hook, “I was like, ‘Where’d that come from?’”

 

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Sunbowl

Its official: the country band Lonestar will be this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl game half time performers, as first reported on Mike and Tricia Mornings on December 1.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have them perform at this year’s Hyundai Sun Bowl halftime,” Mayor Oscar Leeser of Hyundai of El Paso said in a press release. “This award-winning group has dozens of country hits under their belt and we are sure the football fans will enjoy their performance at Sun Bowl Stadium.”

Lonestar is best known for their 1999 #1 crossover song “Amazed,” which was the first country song to top the Billboard Hot 100 since 1983′s “Islands in the Stream”.

The 2014 Hyundai Sun Bowl game will feature the Sun Devils of Arizona State against the Duke Blue Devils on Saturday, Dec. 27 at noon at Sun Bowl Stadium.


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