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George Strait

George Strait

George Strait played country music in high school, but didn’t become serious about it until serving in the U.S. Army in the early ’70s. The native Texan performed with an Army-sponsored band, and after being honorably discharged went to college to study Agriculture. Music kept calling, and Strait fell in with a band that would become the Ace in the Hole Band. He signed his first record deal at age 29 and released ‘Unwound’ as his first single in 1981. Nearly 100 singles later, he holds the record for most No. 1 singles — in fact, only two have failed to crack the Top 20. Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006 and began his retirement from the road in 2013.

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Go Behind the Scenes of the Stunning ‘Forever Country’ Music Video [Exclusive]

Thirty country legends jumped at the chance to be a part of the music video for "Forever Country," an all-star collaboration that pays tribute to 50 years of the CMA Awards. In this behind the scenes video exclusive to Taste of Country, key artists join the song's producer and music video's director to talk about pulling the song and video together.

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ToC Critic’s Pick: George Strait, ‘Goin’ Goin’ Gone’ [Listen]

By modern standards, George Strait doesn't get real rowdy. Even his new single "Goin Goin Gone" feels a decibel quieter than many contemporaries, which is to say it feels just about perfect.

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10 Country Songs Inspired by World Tragedy

When tragedies happen, we often to turn to music to help us understand and cope with the emotional aftermath. Country singers and songwriters are the most gifted storytellers, particularly adept at capturing a moment in three (or more) timeless minutes of music. These songs were all born from tragedies around the world.

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Country Singers Who Have Lost Children

Fame and fortune does not insulate one from the highs and lows of life, and nearly 10 artists have suffered the most devastating of all personal tragedies.

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Stars Who’ve Suffered Unthinkable Tragedies

It may seem like it's always glitz and glam for country music's biggest stars, but they didn't all come by their storytelling ability naturally. Sadly, many singers have encountered great tragedies in their lives, or have overcome sharp odds to get where they are today.

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George Strait Ranked
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Every George Strait Album Ranked

A bad review on one of George Strait's albums typically begins with something like: "George Strait has never made a bad album, but ..." and ends with effusive praise of the singer's timeless style.

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You Think You Know George Strait?

George Strait was once told he wasn't country enough and kindly dismissed from a job. But that's just one of the surprising things you'll learn in this episode of You Think You Know Country?

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Live Like a King: See George Strait Through the Years [Pictures]

George Strait isn't known as the "King of Country" for no reason. The influential, iconic and legendary hitmaker has had such an impressive career, and even at 64 years old, he's still going strong.

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George Strait, Kacey Musgraves Shine on Opening Night of Las Vegas Run [Pictures]

George Strait and Kacey Musgraves gave their fans in Las Vegas a show to remember on Friday night (April 22), and Taste of Country was on hand to snap some exclusive photos of that memorable gig.

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George Strait Pays Tribute to Merle Haggard at Las Vegas Opening

George Strait paid musical homage to one of his own heroes during the opening night of his Las Vegas run on Friday night (April 22), playing a medley in honor of Merle Haggard.

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