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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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My man
This song I cry to when I miss Alex ZIEGLER when he is at Bemdji State Unveristy in Bemdji I love him so much and he is coming home in 1 week love his #1 fan in the whole wide world Wynter #82 :)
Won't go down without a fight :-P ;-)
blackops8891

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 2 days. Now you started reading this do don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this so scary because it actually works
bunnylumpkin
I love George Straight. His songs are great and he is a true TALENTED country singer. I have been singing along to his songs since I was little and still will :)
countrygirln i k k i e 9 2
Thank you George Strait for stayin true to country!!!!! ! ! !
Kood. A.
yee yee
xraytothebex n a y
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!
I love your music so much
George Straight is a very talent singer it reminds me of the old days but what the heck im still young and happy and I have my family that's all that matters to me oh yea and my friends. I will always be ur fan George Straight.
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!
We both love George Strait, and George Jones, however he was. They are both pure country.
The first time I asked my Mom if she liked George Strait, she thought I meant George Jones when he was sober. True story.
My parents love him
I love u king George!!!
big540chevy
I've probably gone 30 songs and not heard a single George Strait song.
When I ask for george strait why do you not gethim
Kood. A.
Kood. A.
Kood. A.
Danzig
Ok
csbhomes
Friday u will be kissed by ur true love and tommorow will be the best day ever
Go
Go
Go
I like it
Follow 4 a Follow ;)
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. Now you've started reading don't stop. This is so scary post this on 5 other songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will come on the screen in big letters. This is so scary it actually works
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. Now you've starts 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.
Great song ��
hving another bad one sorry man.
George Strait makes me smile.
Follow 4 a Follow ;)
Real country. Not this Jason Aldean Luke Bryan bs.
Any one know how I could win some tickets for the consent in Dallas
Anybody from Marble Falls,TX area?? Looking for old friend of
5rgjbvbm435j
Only the best song ever!!! :-)
blueeyes5420
Suck it up Captain America,
I love george strait he's very country n I love the old country music n also he sings from his heart not for money like rappers
Well said rodeogirl4, but never forget the other 'real' cowboy; Chris LeDoux.....R I P .
I'm so sad he isn't doing concerts anymore. I really wanted to see one. I LOVE GEORGE STRAIT!!!!! He's definitely a cowboy unlike some of the other losers that try to be one.
HE CA PUT HIS BOOTS UNDER MY BED ANY TIME
I'm thinking. King George. Music. Is. The. Heart. Of. Country. Oh. Yes. The. One. And. Only king
when ever I sing george strait tunes my honey gives me a little honey
I like him to. He is awesome
Oh George you lost it-that trained ear for a good tune for you to cover. Maybe try picking up a pen again and try writing your own song for a change. Thanks for selling out George to try and stay relevant and mold to the rest of the crap that is coming out of Nashville.
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