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Remember George Strait’s First No. 1 Single? [Listen]

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It’s the song that started it all for George Strait. Believe it or not, it actually took a few tries before the King nabbed his first No. 1 on the country charts. Fifty-nine others would follow during a 33-year (and counting) career. Do you remember which song hit the top of the charts first?

In the summer of 1982, “Fool Hearted Memory,” the first release from the Strait From the Heart album, reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Before that, three others from the Strait Country album came close, including Strait’s debut single, “Unwound.”

Written by Byron Hill and Blake Mevis, the song tells the story of a man who just can’t let go of a failed romance: “He’s got a fool hearted memory / It won’t let him see that she walked out the door / He’s got a fool hearted memory / And he sits patiently here every night so it can fool him more.”

The song also appeared on the soundtrack to the movie The Soldier, in which Strait had a part, and went on to win an ASCAP award as one of the most-played songs of 1982.

During his farewell Cowboy Rides Away tour, Strait put “Fool Hearted Memory” into the setlist, allowing fans to enjoy songs from his entire career, not just the most popular songs on the radio at the time. As of 2014, Strait has scored 60 No. 1 hits, but even though he’s finished touring, he promises he’ll continue to release new music.

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