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It was during the recording of the first album that they recorded "It Must Have Been Ol' Santa Claus", as an added track to be packaged on various MCA/Decca Christmas compilations.
Then Byron and Gary got a personal call from Harry Connick, Jr., the writer of the song, thanking them for the recording, during which he added a few of his New Orleans Jazz style "very cool man! The Christmas recording has been since released on at least four compilations.
The moves would have required him to stop playing some of the older country music, such as covers of George Jones songs, so Allan refused.
Allan was introduced to songwriter/producer Byron Hill on August 28, 1993 by a mutual friend and talent-scout Jim Seal, at a bar called the Lion D'or in Downey, California, where Allan was already regularly performing.
Two years later, he was offered his first recording contract, from A&M Records, but rejected the deal.
His parents wanted him to finish his education and his father felt that Allan had yet to develop his own distinctive style.
Despite his commitment to finishing school, Allan reflects that he was rarely alert in class.
"I played the bars at night, I was half asleep when I got to school.
At age thirteen, Allan began playing in honky tonks with his father.Seal and Hill had asked Allan if they could showcase an unsigned act that they were developing there.Hill had arranged to bring the head of A&R from a major label to the show to see this other act perform.A rep from RCA was already booked to see the second showcase the following week, but the "bird-in-hand" deal offer was too tempting for both Byron and Gary, so they committed to the Decca offer.Decca staffer Mark Wright and Byron Hill co-produced Gary's first three albums for Decca beginning sessions on March 11, 1996 for Used Heart for Sale, then It Would Be You, both of which yielded top five singles, and later Smoke Rings in the Dark (which also included Tony Brown as a co-producer).
When the couple discovered that he was the singer, they wrote him a check for $12,000.