George Strait is a living legend. One of the most prolific country artists in the history of the genre, he has sold over 65.5 million albums, just barely trailing The Rolling Stones and Elton John in record sales. In addition to the 38 albums he has released since 1981, Strait has released over 70 hit singles (55 of which have climbed to the #1 spot of the Billboard Hot Country Songs index) and starred in 4 movies. To call George Strait anything less than the "King of Country" is a profound understatement.Strait was born in the small town of Poteet, Texas in 1952. When not working on his father's cattle ranch, Strait began playing country music, influenced by the likes of George Jones and Hank Williams. After graduating from high school only to leave college soon after entering in early 1971, Strait joined the army and was stationed in Honolulu, Hawaii. While in the army, Strait honed his skills while playing with Rambling Country, an army-sponsored country band. After leaving the Army in 1975, he returned to Southwest Texas State University to finish up his degree in agriculture. While at Southwest Texas State University, Strait joined the Ace In the Hole Band, a country music band that needed a singer. The band toured extensively and became regionally famous during the 1970's, playing in bars and honkey-tonks by night while George managed a cattle ranch by day. In 1980, he managed to land a recording contract with MCA Records. With the rest of the Ace In the Hole band remaining as his backing band, George Strait released his first album Strait Country in 1981, which went on to sell over a million copies - his first of 34 albums to be certified platinum by the RIAA. His next album, 1982's Strait From The Heart, was just as successful, also selling over 1,000,000 units based on the momentum generated by hit singles "Amarillo by Morning" and "Fool Hearted Memory". Strait continued to dominate the country music world throughout the 1980's, winning the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year award twice, and penning hit singles "The Chair", "Ace In The Hole", and "Right or Wrong". He has continued to produce incredibly popular country albums throughout the 1990's and well into the 21st century. His most successful album to date, 1996's Pure Country - declared platinum six times over by the RIAA - spawned the hit single "Heartland", which remained on the Hot Country Songs chart for an incredible twenty weeks. George Strait released his most recent album, Troubadour, in April 2008. The album sold a chart-topping 166,000 copies in only its first week, and is well on its way to becoming just as much of a classic as the rest of his work.
George Strait was born on May 18, 1952, in Poteet, Texas is an american country music singer and guitarist.
George Harvey Strait (born May 18, 1952 in Pearsall, Texas) is an American country music artist. He is known for his unique style of western swing music, bar-room ballads, honky-tonk style, and fresh yet traditional country western music. George Strait holds the world record for more #1 hit singles than any other artist in the history of music on any chart or in any genre. As of 2010 he has recorded 57 #1 hit singles on the Billboard Country Singles chart.
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George Harvey Strait (born May 18, 1952) is an American country music singer, actor, and music producer. Strait is referred to as the "King of Country" and has been called a living legend by some critics. He is known for his unique style of western swing music, bar-room ballads, honky-tonk style, and fresh yet traditional country music. George Strait holds the world record for more number-one hit singles than any other artist in the history of music on any chart or in any genre, having recorded 59 number-one hit singles as of 2012.
Strait rocketed to success after his first single "Unwound" was a hit in 1981. While contributing to the neo-traditional movement of the 1980s, he amassed seven number one albums in the decade with his most popular hits including "Fool Hearted Memory" and "Ocean Front Property". By the 1990s, Strait had influenced a new breed of performers while continuing his own successes, having charted upwards of 20 number-one hits including "Heartland" and "Blue Clear Sky". 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 his hit album Troubadour. Strait continued his previous successes throughout the decade, producing a more contemporary sound with moderate cross-over hits including "She'll Leave You with a Smile" and "You'll Be There".