George Strait

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George Strait was born on May 18, 1952, in Poteet, Texas, the son of a junior high school teacher who also owned and operated a ranch that had been in the Strait family for nearly 100 years. When Strait was a child, his mother left the family, taking her daughter but leaving behind her sons with the father. During his childhood, he would spend his weekdays in town and his weekends on the ranch. Strait began playing music as a teenager, joining a rock 'n' roll garage band. After his graduation from high school in the late '60s, Strait enrolled in college but soon dropped out and eloped with his high school sweetheart, Norma. In 1971, he enlisted in the Army. Two years later, he was stationed in Hawaii where he played country music with the Army-sponsored band, Rambling Country. They played several dates off the base under the name Santee. Strait left the Army in 1975, returning to Texas with the intent of completing his education. He enrolled in Southwest Texas State University at San Marcos to study agriculture and formed his own country band, Ace in the Hole. Ace in the Hole made a few records for D, an independent Dallas-based record label, in the late '70s, but they never went anywhere. Toward the end of the decade, Strait attempted to carve out a niche in Nashville but failed because he lacked any strong business connections. In 1979, he became friends with Erv Woolsey, a Texas club owner who once worked for MCA Records. Woolsey invited several MCA executives to Texas to hear Strait. His performance convinced the company to sign him in 1980. "Unwound," Strait's first single, was released in the spring of 1981 and climbed into the Top 10. The follow-up, "Down and Out," stalled at No. 16, but "If You're Thinking You Want a Stranger (There's One Coming Home)" reached No. 3 in early 1982. The song sparked a remarkable string of Top 10 hits that ran well into the 2000s. His astonishing stretch of No. 1 hits began with 1982's "Fool Hearted Memory." In the 1980s alone, he reached the top of the chart 18 times with songs such as "The Chair," "All My Exes Live in Texas," "Famous Last Words of a Fool" and "Baby Blue." In 1985, he won CMA awards for album of the year (Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind) and male vocalist. In 1986, he repeated his win as male vocalist, but his year was marked by tragedy when his 13-year-old daughter, Jennifer, was killed in a car wreck. (His other child, George Jr., was born in 1981.) Strait capped the decade by winning the CMA entertainer of the year award in 1989. A year later, he won the award again. Strait was also one of the few '80s superstars to survive the generational shift of the early '90s that began with the phenomenal success of Garth Brooks. This can be partly credited to "Love Without End, Amen," "I've Come to Expect It From You," "If I Know Me" and "You Know Me Better Than That," which all remained at No. 1 on Billboard's country airplay chart for multiple weeks. In 1992, Strait released the movie, Pure Country, which featured him in the lead role. A love song from the soundtrack, "I Cross My Heart," ultimately reached No. 1 and became one of his biggest hits to date. He released a four-CD boxed set, Strait Out of the Box, in 1995. By the spring of 1996, it had become one of the five biggest-selling boxed sets in popular music history. Blue Clear Sky, his 1996 album, debuted on the country charts at No. 1 and won a CMA award. Strait also won male vocalist in 1996, the same year "Check Yes or No" won the CMA award for single of the year. In 1997, he released Carrying Your Love With Me, which also won a CMA award. Strait repeated as male vocalist in 1997 and 1998. All in all, Strait scored 17 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country airplay charts in the 1990s, including "One Night at a Time," "I Just Want to Dance With You" and "Write This Down." In 2000, he scored another No. 1 hit, "The Best Day," and won a CMA award for vocal event for "Murder on Music Row," his duet with Alan Jackson. More hits came his way: "Go On," "Run," "Living and Living Well," "She'll Leave You With a Smile" and "Cowboys Like Us." In 2004, a new song, "I Hate Everything" was included on the two-disc compilation 50 Number Ones -- and ultimately reached No. 1, rendering the album title obsolete. Somewhere Down in Texas arrived in 2005, and his duet with Lee Ann Womack, "Good News, Bad News," won a CMA award for vocal event of the year. It Just Comes Natural was released in 2006 and offered the No. 1 hit, "Give It Away." However, the year's highlight was his induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Nov. 6.
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George Strait  03/04/2008            
Dawn Crittenden,Rice Tx
I met King George when I was 16,he was just starting to make hits,all these years later and he is still the king,a legend.
George Strait  07/27/2007            
Scott in Cali.
I think this guy might make it.
George Strait  10/16/2006            
Lisa Burnett
George Strait  10/05/2006            
brian @shsu
Just bought the c.d. tonight. I have yet to hear the whole c.d., but what I have picked up from the new c.d. is that King George is sounding more like his older music with some Texas swing influence thrown into it. And it works. I mean what else do you expect from a man wih "King" in his nickname
George Strait  09/21/2006            
George Strait is the scratching man and always will be. If anybody does not like George Strait, then they are just plain moronic. He saved country music back in the early 80's and continues to keep country music able to listen to. He is untouchable.
George Strait  08/14/2006            
im probably 1 of your biggest fans evr my fav. movie is pure country and i luv HEARTLAND! well i hope 1 day i will c u in concert
George Strait  08/14/2006            
tx stadium
He's the king! Enough said...
George Strait  05/05/2006            
Gary C.
Hey, um...die-hard fans remember what Strait said at some awards show a few years back to his army of fans: "For the fans, thank you so much...AND I'M NOT OVER TILL YOU SAY I'M OVER!" And the audience brings down the house, etc. etc. That was awesome for us fans but does the song "Somewhere Down in Texas" suggests otherwise? We know that Strait is a quiet and reserved entertainer and that is one of many reasons why some call him the “King of Texas”, “King of Country Music” or – my personal favorite – “The Pope of Texas.” I'm not trying to ruffle some feathers, here, but the lyrics to the song - although they do picture my retirement pretty damn good - paint a not-so-great picture of the future of Strait and his career; any thoughts on this, folks?
George Strait  05/02/2006            
This album is definitely not as good as Strait's last album, "Honkytonkville," which I think was his best in a long time. Strait's voice is great and the instrumentation is well done, but overall the songs are weak. There are about 3 or 4 good songs. The rest seem to be made for radio. Not much exciting here.
George Strait  04/30/2006            
Jeff "Stick"
Nondescript voice, monotonous melodies, Oprah Winfrey fan base. George should be shot for screwing up Merle's "Seashores Of Old Mexico" - he can't even APPROACH the low notes that Merle so masterfully delivered (if you don't believe me, get a copy of Merle's version of the song... makes George sound like a woman singing it). Let's face it, the people who like Strait are the ones who, male or female, want to sleep with him, gimme a break. Let's get back to some MUSIC in Texas, folks.
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