Basic Background Info

Birth: 1954
Location: Houston, Texas
Band: Clint Black
Genres: Country
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician


After hearing the song "Sweet Pea" on a local Houston radio station, twelve-year-old Dick Gay was so taken with the beat that he just had to learn it. Dick’s parents then bought him a drum set, and he played it for about a year before storing it in the attic.

After the drum kit collected dust in the attic for about four years, his interest in drumming rekindled and he brought the drum kit back downstairs. The following year, Dick Gay and his friend Hayden Nicholas created a band; they played ZZ Top, Jimi Hendrix, Cream, and other popular rock covers.

They eventually tired of playing covers and started creating original material. After playing their stuff at local gigs, they built a makeshift studio in Hayden’s garage and recorded some songs.

Dick Gay moved to Ventura, California, in 1979 and quickly fell in step with the Southern California music scene. Within a year, Dick joined Jimmy Dale and the Desperados. The band received an award for Non-Touring Band of the Year from the Academy of Country Music in 1981.

When Hayden Nichols moved to California in 1981, the old friends wasted no time reuniting to write and record music. They even spent a year in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, skiing during the day and playing at night.

A few years later, Dick and Hayden moved back to Houston. After Hayden unexpectedly met country musician Clint Black, he quickly introduced Dick and Black. Impressed with Dick Gay's drumming finesse, Clint offered him the drum seat in his band. Dick Gay immediately accepted and has been driving Clint's rhythm section ever since then.


Album Year Album Name Album Band
1989 Killin' Time Clint Black
1990 Put Yourself in My Shoes Clint Black
1992 Hard Way Clint Black
1994 Common Thread: The Songs of the Eagles Various Artists
1994 Mama's Hungry Eyes: Tribute to Merle Haggard Various Artists
1994 One Emotion Clint Black
1995 Looking for Christmas Clint Black
1996 Greatest Hits Clint Black
1999 Sounds of Wood and Steel, Vol. 2 Various Artists
2004 Christmas With You Clint Black
2005 Drinkin' Songs & Other Logic Clint Black
2006 Killin' Time/Put Yourself in My Shoes Clint Black
2007 Love Songs Clint Black


  • Dick Gay has played with Clint Black since 1987.

Instruments of Choice



Drums: Drum Workshop
Hardware: Drum Workshop
Sticks: Pro-Mark

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