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.
Birthday: May 18, 1952
Top Songs 'Check Yes or No,' 'Write This Down,' 'Give It Away'
Family: Wife Norma, Son George Strait, Jr. (Bubba), late daughter Jenifer (d. 1986)
The iconic George Strait is in the midst of a renaissance after the release of his most recent record Cold Beer Conversation and the announcement he will be taking the stage again next year at the Las Vegas Arena, prompting fans to show up in a big way.
George Strait is known as the King of Country for very good reason! Ever since Strait sang his way into the country music world, he's been winning over audiences worldwide. He's no stranger to the road, and we're reliving some of his best onstage moments.
We're headed for a face-off between two of the most respected artists in country music in the new Showdown. George Strait is widely regarded as the King of Country, and he's squaring off against Lee Ann Womack, who is one of the most gifted song interpreters in country music.
Last weekend, Jon Pardi learned why it's so tough to get to the Taste of Country Showdown Hall of Fame. The "Head Over Boots" singer had won four straight, but fell to an all-time great during his fifth and final song battle.
George Strait has been making some pretty big headlines this week, and for good reason. He announced and dropped an album in only a number of days, released a new single and announced shows in Las Vegas. Now the King of Country has one more trick left up his sleeve — the Strait From Texas pop up store in downtown Nashville.
George Strait’s Cold Beer Conversation album presents a drastic dichotomy, often on back-to-back songs. Much of the King’s new album is laid back or amped up for a party, while a few songs are best considered over red wine instead of whiskey.
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