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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

County my home city
I love it
MMMMMM GEORGE MI PAPACITO...C H U L O ESE HOMBRE
Class Act All the Way, George!
Back when country was good. Can't stand this new "pop country". Wish It would go back to this....
George only gets better with age!
Traditional country right here
love this song
I like it
i just want to dance with you
ken_327
1st class act!
best of the best!!!
Too bad he is not singing anymore:<
I luv George straight! This song is the best that I like
Love him!!!!!!!!! !
Love this song
colleencatfi s h
George strait keeps us remembering good old country music without any jazz stuff.
He is amazing!! <3
Kood. A.
carolynkrodg e r s
I remember George when he played at a dance hall in Fredericksbu r g , Texas. Pat's Hall. I think cover charge was maybe $5.00
I love his song l need you
REALLY?? ALL THAT CHATTER ABOUT HIS SONGS, AND NOT ONE THING ABOUT THE ONE THAT REALLY MADE HIM FAMOUS. AMARILLO. YES, IT'S SHORT, BUT IT STILL IS THE ONLY ONE THAT MOST PEOPLE CAN REMEMBER. HIS IS THE BEST!!
Is love really this simple? I sure hope so. It's a beautiful song.
love him i
I got car absolutley the best
Alright station, but doesn't play enough George strait
Love this song check yes or no my fav
deleon_roro2 5
Who does not like george strait he is good love all hes songs.
Wooooo
I miss my nana , this was our song ):
twister11261 9 6 7
mdj I left him single again best thing I did
El Mirage by morning , here i am !!!!!
punkynurse74
To all my haters :) I don't care what you think or say.......
Read my bio
Please follow me everyone if you hate Justin beiber
Ernest's best "Line". Lv u....
Please follow me everyone if you hate Justin beiber
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mgovea96
Say iPhone 5 times , pick a color post this to other 5 songs and look under your pillow
mgovea96
Say iPhone 5 times , pick a colorp
mgovea96
Say iPhone 5 times , pick a color , post this to other 5 songs and look under your pillow
you are handsome
But...I do love you...Really !
I've loved George Strait for most of my life... He's awesome!!!!!
Da king. My old man and him we're roping buddies. He a dang decent human. My old concrete crew poured a slab in pearsal TX. For his pa. He brought them boys churches chicken an 2 cases of budlight. Sat right down with um an eat n drink. With half um wets. Good show Mr. Strait.you and your part good people.
My mom used to put on your music when I was little before I would go to bed.
I literally fell asleep to your music.
Love you!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! !
The king of country music. AWESOME!!!
Follow me if you hate Justin beiber
mh.trackspri n t e r
This seems really stupid but I put it on Instagram... So #protectionp u p p y
Follow me friends and yes I hate Justin Bliever ****:•{)
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