1. George Harvey Strait (born May 18, 1952) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer known as the “King of Country” He is known for his neotraditionalist country style, cowboy look, and being one of the first and main country artists to bring country music back to its roots and away from the pop country era in the 1980s.
2. Strait’s success began when his first single “Unwound” was a hit in 1981.
3. During the 1980s, seven of his albums reached number one on the country charts.
4. In the 2000s, Strait was named Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music, was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and won his first Grammy award for the album Troubadour.
5. Strait was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 2013, and ACM Entertainer of the Year in 1990 and 2014.
6. He has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards and has more wins in both categories than any other artist.
7. In 2009, he broke Conway Twitty’s previous record for the most number-one hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart when his 44 number one singles surpassed Twitty’s 40. Strait is also known for his touring career when he designed a 360- degree configuration and introduced a festival style tours.
8. For example, the Strait Tours earned $90 million in three years. George Strait was successful innovating country music and in numerous aspects of being a part of popular music.
9. Strait has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. His certifications from the RIAA include 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums.
10. His highest certified album is Strait Out of the Box (1995), which sold 2 million copies (8? Platinum due to being a box set with four CDs).
11. The family worked at the ranch on the weekends and in the summers.
12. When George was in the fourth grade, his father and mother were divorced, and his mother moved away with his sister, Pency.
13. George and his brother John, Jr., or “Buddy” (1950-2009), were raised by their father.
14. Strait began his musical interest while attending Pearsall High School, where he played in a rock and roll garage band.
15. “I listened to them a lot and that whole bunch of groups that were popular then”.
16. His musical preference soon turned to country with singers Hank Thompson, Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, and Frank Sinatra influencing his style.
17. Strait did not tune to the country music radio often as a youth, usually listening to the news and the farmer’s report.
18. His introduction to country music came mostly by way of live performances, which, according to Strait, could be heard in every town in Texas. He eloped with his high school sweetheart, Norma.