On This Day In 2006: Taylor Swift Releases Debut Single “Tim McGraw”
On June 19, 2006, Taylor Swift officially released her debut single, “Tim McGraw.” For many, it was an unforgettable day that would impact the lives of people worldwide.
Swift’s “Tim McGraw” was the lead single off her self-titled debut album and 17 years later is still one of the most impactful songs of her career.
The 33-year-old had written the song during her freshman year of high school after a breakup. That is when one of her favorite country stars, the one and only Tim McGraw, came to mind.
“I was dating a guy who was about to go off to college. I knew we were going to break up. So I started thinking about all the things that I knew would remind him of me. Surprisingly, the first thing that came to mind was that my favorite country artist is Tim McGraw,” Swift told CMT in 2006.
Swift met McGraw for the first time at the 2007 Academy of Country Music Awards. They have since performed the song together live at events, including CMA Fest in 2013 and the Reputation Tour stop in Nashville in 2018.
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