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George Strait

Out of all the new country singers to emerge in the early '80s, George Strait stayed the closest to traditional country. Drawing from both the honky tonk and Western swing traditions, Strait didn't refashion the genres; instead, he revitalized them for a new decade. In the process, he became one of the most popular and influential singers of the decade, sparking a wave of neo-traditionalist singers from Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam to Clint Black, Garth Brooks, and Alan Jackson.

Strait was born and raised in 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 George was a child, his mother left the family, taking her daughter but leaving her sons behind with their 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 & roll garage band. After his high school graduation in the late '60s, he enrolled in college but soon dropped out and eloped with his high school sweetheart, Norma. In 1971, Strait enlisted in the Army; two years later, he was stationed in Hawaii. While there, he began playing country music, initially with an Army-sponsored country band called 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, where he studied agriculture. While he was studying, he formed his own country band, Ace in the Hole.

Ace in the Hole made a few records for the independent Dallas-based label D 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 he failed since he lacked any strong connections. In 1979, he became friends with Erv Woolsey, a Texas club owner who had formerly worked for MCA Records. Woolsey had several MCA executives come down 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 Ten. The follow-up, "Down and Out," stalled at 16, but "If You're Thinking You Want a Stranger (There's One Coming Home)" reached number three in early 1982. The song sparked a remarkable string of Top Ten hits that ran well into the '90s. During that time he had an astonishing 31 number one singles, beginning with 1982's "Fool Hearted Memory."

Throughout the '80s, he dominated the country singles charts, and his albums consistently went platinum or gold. Strait rarely abandoned hardcore honky tonk and Western swing -- toward the beginning of the '90s, his sound became a little slicker, but it was only a relative change. 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. In 1992, he made his first movie, Pure Country, which featured him in the lead role. Strait released a four-disc box set career retrospective, Strait Out of the Box, in 1995. By the spring of 1996, it had become one of the five biggest-selling box sets in popular music history. Blue Clear Sky, his 1996 album, debuted on the country charts at number one and the pop charts at number seven. In 1997, he released Carrying Your Love with Me, following it with One Step at a Time in 1998. Always Never the Same appeared a year later, as did the seasonal effort Merry Christmas Wherever You Are. The simply titled George Strait, featuring the hit single "Go On," hit the shelves in late 2000.

Did Strait slow down? Nah. The following year saw the release of The Road Less Traveled, which qualified as an experimental album of sorts for the veteran performer. While it didn't stray very far from his new traditionalist country sound, Road did include a foray into vocal processing that was about as country as a pair of stiletto-healed cowboy boots. But the experimentation was welcome, for it revealed that Strait was still hungry, even after millions upon millions of records sold. Strait issued two projects in 2003. For the Last Time: Live from the Astrodome chronicled his headlining set at the last Houston Livestock and Rodeo ever held in the big Texas dome, while Honkytonkville was a fiery set of hard country, lauded by critics for its mixture of the old Strait with his modern, superstar self. Somewhere Down in Texas arrived in 2005, followed by It Just Comes Natural in 2006, and Troubadour and the holiday album Classic Christmas in 2008. Twang, co-produced by Strait and Tony Brown, appeared in 2009. Strait co-wrote seven of the eleven songs (sharing credits with Dean Dillon, Bobby Boyd, and his son, Bubba Strait) on 2011's Here for a Good Time, his 39th studio album, which was co-produced by Strait and Brown and recorded at Jimmy Buffett's Shrimpboat Sound Studio in Key West, Florida.

Here for a Good Time gave Strait two more Top 10 singles -- "Here for a Good Time" and "Love's Gonna Make It Alright" both missed the top of the charts, peaking at two and three, respectively -- and about a year after its release, Strait announced that he was retiring from touring. He planned one last tour, called The Cowboy Rides Away Tour, beginning in 2013 and ending in 2014. Just before this farewell journey kicked off, Strait released a new album, Love Is Everything, in May of 2013; it was preceded by the single "Give It All We Got Tonight." ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Comments

sslemp99
Love George...kee p singing,
Keep on singing Texas king
Anything from George Strait is country at its best
Love this song
Write this down .. I have the STONE !! Just in case!! THANK U FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK
George plays real country songs, nowadays it's more rock. What happen to the two steppin?
WOW what a voice good looks too.
George will always be king in my eyes
This freaked me out this isn't fake apparently if you copy and paste this on 10 different comments you will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
George Strait deserves his fame!
We need more George. I don't even listen to new country. Too much rock.
Say iPhone 5 times think of a color post this on 4 different stations then look under your pillow
Love you George!!!! My dad used to sing Baby Blue to me when I was little, my all time favorite. This generation needs more true singers like you!!!
True king of country music.
regpia1
There is no one better in country music than George...... . . . h a n d s down.
I am 18 and i love george strait and i think country music is goin to the dump we need more old timers i love old country songs
we will always love and miss you George Strait I loved your concert in Texas
1. Kiss your left hand
2. Say your crush name
3. Close your hand
4. Say a school day
5. Say your name
6. Open your hand and post this on 15 songs and your crush will ask you out
I don't want the Cowboy to ride away. don't quit keep up the good work
George strait nough said
fivevals
George will never age, he'll just get better and better Keep it up George, you rock
I was at school and asked the love of my life now with a note to date me and well we are together and going strong thanks George and ur music......l o v e ya George
Still the best of country grew up on his music and wanted my kids to grow up the same when they got older now its hard to with the most respected man of country music retiring.... Best to u over the years George and if u don't like George straight well u better go back to school and learn music other wise u are just a queer point blank....hon e s t opinion
Hard to believe the king of country won't be going on tours anymore . ��
I love him and this song
I have seen several off George strait's concerts and he gets better with age. I will miss seeing him in concert. He is still one hell on a singer and a good looking man. He knows what real country singing is.
ronn01334
I love george strait
I wish he was still touring and my brother price does because he missed his concert...
Love this song
George strait gets older everyday and his daddy died
George sattit
2 my x nuff said!
I can't believe he's not touring anymore
*STRAIGHT TO OUR HEARTS* Love You Gorge Strait
Hope he stays good and keep going Gorge You'll make it ik u will Nice way to end your Career at Coboys stadium hope your son is lucky and follows ur steps
Getting carried away in the sunset, while.seeing a cowboy ride away,.to a.destinatio n unknown while he seen by the shadow of the neon moon as he disappers far and away..
Awesome
Love you George! Thanks for being the greatest!!
Wish a few of my old loves was still around
I wish the love of my life was still here
jrozek25
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life . Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. How you've started reading so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
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Kentucky headhunters
Kentucky headhunters
teresajensen 1 8
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However If you don't post this you will die in two days. Now you've started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it works!
George straight Is one of my all time faves
One of my all time favs!
Hell ya! Kinda sad he retired but his music will always be around! Love ya George!
I've been a George Strait fan for life, I love all of his music, will continue to love his music GEORGE STRAIT FOREVER..... . . . . . . . . .
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