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George Strait

Out of all the country singers to emerge in the 1980s, 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. In the process, he became one of the most popular and influential singers of the era, 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 in the 2000s? 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. None of them had any trouble topping the country charts, while Somewhere Down in Texas and Troubadour hit number one on the overall chart. Another chart-topping album, Twang, appeared in 2009, co-produced by Strait and Tony Brown. Still, it turned out to be his first and only album of the 2000s that didn't reach platinum certification.

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. It gave him two more Top 10 singles: "Here for a Good Time" and "Love's Gonna Make It Alright," although they both missed the top of the charts (peaking at two and three, respectively). About a year after its release, Strait announced that he was retiring from steady 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 Top Ten country single "Give It All We Got Tonight."

The final tour turned out to be a country event of its own; it featured a parade of opening performers to salute him, including Miranda Lambert, Merle Haggard, Alan Jackson, Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Asleep at the Wheel, Vince Gill, and Faith Hill, among others. The tour's final show at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas attracted over 100,000 people and was documented both in a live album (The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium) and a two-hour television special broadcast on CMT. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, Rovi
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Track List: Here For A Good Time (Radio Single)

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Comments

Love your songs and movies
john-hammond 6
Very nice music
Love all of yours & Trish's music.
Wish !!
rab1putt
George is country music. Country born country raised.
George is one of the best I know along with hank pat Alan Blake Luke Conway twittey
Thank you George for all your GREAT music. You always be in my heart and your family to.
True country music!
DONT READ THIS. YOU WILL BE KISSED ON THE NEAREST POSSIBLE FRIDAY BYrnTHE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE.TOMMORO W WILL BE THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE. NOWrnYOU'VE STARTED READING THIS. DON'T STOP. THIS IS SO FREAKY.rn1. say your name ten times.rn2.sa y your mom's name five times.rn3. say your crushes three timesrn4. paste this to four other groups.rnIf you do this, your crush will kiss you on the nearest Friday.rnBut if you read this and do not paste this, then yournwill have very bad luck
john-hammond 6
I love CARRING YOUR LOVE WITH ME
omiller7346
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He is a traditional country singer who is fabulous. I feel that his music is timeless and he is in the same league with the singers from yesterday! Yes, he is very handsome .He also has class!
omiller7346
I know this comment is random but grand master Yodas first name is Minch. Oh and emperor Palpatea-ns first nam is Sheeve. How does Star Wars come up with these names! LOL��
nanniegigi
George your my idol I love you and I wish I could have been at one of your concerts
I wish I could meet you in person that is my wish
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George Strait Is a Legend now that He is Retired . And for Mulligan 6 God Loves You Cowboy . God Bless You & God Speed.
https://db.t t / o u h x m G M 2 check us out coach city boyz on you tube.!!!

Love songs!BIG FAN
pattij34
We need to bring back his style of music, most of the new country isn't country. you can't even call it southern rock
I love your songs and the one I really do love is I cross my heart.

And I have been a young child listen to country music
flweills0601
This man will never grow old
Johnny Rodriguez Radio. "Favorite Station "
paulchavez23 4 2
George strait
paulchavez23 4 2
George staaat
George Strait for President!
flweills0601
That. Man can sing
Love GeorgeStrait music
All hail the king of country, u rock,George! !
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I love all kinds of music even though it's kinda weird I like metal down to country down to reggae down to selena q. down to Freddy fender if u agree with me u can follow on ur opinion
anita.awitt
Like George straits music!!
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 do this you will die in the next two days. Put this in at least 5 more songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your Lover's name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is scary because it works
Say iPhone 7x
Say a color
Post this on two songs
Look under your pillow
George u got all the girls wrap around ur little finger
I saw him and Reba McEntire in concert in Tulsa and that was absolutely amazing he is truly the king of country music
I am a big fan of his
anita.awitt
He's my favorite singer and his music is awesome��
He's a really good artist!!!! #Love his music!!!!!!
George is the man , I love his music . He's so handsome too !
I love the music it is asome !!!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Great country song
Sang it George Strait
George Strait is a Great Artist
I grew up in Tulsa listening to Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys. George Strait's style and venue reminded me a lot of Bob. (without the hollering).
Love. Love country music been listen to country music for aprox 48yrs
Happy Valentines Day
To all the women. Moms and. Grandmas
And great grandmas love y'all
George is country
lots more Merle Haggard
Hi gorge have a happy valentines day
Love you, George!!!
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