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)
It’s the song that started it all for George Strait. Believe it or not, it actually took a few tries before the King would nab his first No. 1 on the country charts. 59 others would follow during a 33-year (and counting) career. Do you remember which song hit the top of the charts first?
If you're having withdrawals from George Strait concerts, you're in luck. The King of Country has released George Strait – The Cowboy Rides Away: Live From AT&T Stadium on both DVD and digitally as of Tuesday (July 28).
The latest single from George Strait is a Showdown hit. The King knocked off his third straight challenger over the weekend. "Let It Go" handily topped Kid Rock's "First Kiss," setting up a battle with Zac Brown Band to kick off the week.
George Strait has still got it. The country legend may have retired from active touring, but he still trounced Dan + Shay in a head-to-head Showdown with his new single, "Let It Go," taking nearly 85 percent of the total vote. Now he faces a challenge from Brett Eldredge.
Two of the standout performances from the 2015 ACM Awards were George Strait's mini-medley and Dan + Shay's collaboration with Nick Jonas. Fans of one may not have liked the other, so putting the two against each other for today's Showdown made perfect sense.
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