William Ray Cyrus was born 25 August 1961 in Flatwoods, Greenup, Kentucky. His grandfather was a Pentecostal preacher and his father was a politician. As a child, he wanted to learn to play his father's guitar but was unable to do so because he was left-handed and his father was right-handed. He was determined to make music a part of his life, however; he attended Georgetown College on a baseball scholarship but then gave it up to focus on his music.
He signed a deal with Mercury Nashville Records and launched his musical career; he is best known for his 1992 single, "Achy Breaky Heart." In 2005, he began co-starring with his daughter Miley on the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana.
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