George Strait Biography
George Harvey Strait popularly known as George Strait, is an American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer. He was born on May 18, 1952 in Poteet, Texas, to John Byron Strait, Sr. and Doris Jean Couser. He grew up in nearby Pearsall, in Frio County.
Strait began his musical interest while attending Pearsall High School, where he played in a rock and roll garage band. The Beatles were popular when Strait was in high school. 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.
George Strait is the King of Country Music, having sold more than 68.5 million records and counting. With 33 different platinum or multi-platinum albums, he’s earned the second most certifications of any artist in any genre, following only Elvis Presley. With a total of 60, George Strait has more #1 songs than any other artist in history (including Elvis).
In Oct. 2011, Strait celebrated his first #1 as a songwriter with the debut single from his album of the same name “Here For A Good Time”– he wrote the song with his son Bubba (also his first #1 as a songwriter) and legendary songwriter Dean Dillon. With the songwriter spark ignited, Strait co-wrote three songs for his 40th studio album, Love Is Everything, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard Country Albums Chart in May 2013 and features the Strait co-penned current single, “I Believe,” and his 60th #1, “Give It All We’ve Got Tonight” on label home of more than 30 years, MCA Nashville.
In July 2013, Strait was awarded Billboard’s Legend of Live award. With a history holding the record for most number one albums, gold albums, and platinum albums, Strait is also the only artist in the history of music (all genres) to have a top ten hit every year for thirty years. He also is second all-time in top ten hits in the history of music currently ten away from breaking the all-time record held by Eddy Arnold who had 92 in his historic career. Strait was only the second artist at the time (after Eddy Arnold in 1966) to be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame (2006) while still actively recording and producing chart-topping hits and albums. And still five years later he is producing chart-topping hits and albums.
Throughout his career, George Strait has received more than 60 major entertainment industry awards and countless nominations. He has been a nominee in the prestigious CMA Entertainer of the Year category 17 times, as well as a nominee for the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year 25 times. Strait currently holds the record for most CMA wins with 22. He is also the most nominated artist in CMA history with 81 Country Music Association nominations. He was the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year five times and the only artist in history to be so honored in two different decades. He has been nominated for the Male Vocalist honor an astonishing 25 times. He has won the prestigious CMA Album of the Year five times across three different decades proving he continues to make great music.
George Strait Age
George Strait was born on May 18, 1952 in Poteet, Texas, USA. He is currently 65 years of age.
George Strait Wife
George Strait eloped to Mexico with his high school sweetheart, Norma. The couple initially married in Mexico on December 4, 1971. George and Norma Strait have been married for over four decades, but haven’t lost their spark.
“Norma and I are so blessed that we found each other…and were able to do all of this together, experience this life together, to support each other through everything, good times and bad,” George told People. “We love each other and we still like each other. A lot!”
George Strait Daughter
His first child, Jenifer, was born on October 6, 1972. Jenifer was killed in an automobile accident in San Marcos on June 25, 1986, at age 13. The family set up the Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation, which donates money to children’s charities in the San Antonio area.
George Strait Son
His son, George Strait Jr., known as “Bubba”, was born in 1981. Bubba, who is a graduate of Texas A&M in College Station, used to compete as a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) team roping competitor. Strait was able to watch his son compete at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 2006 shortly before taking the stage for his own performance.
George Strait Jacket
George Strait Net Worth
He has an estimated net worth of $300 million.
George Strait Twiteer
George Strait Albums
George Strait who is the King of Country Music has recorded and released many albums which include:
1. Mike Jerrick
2. Jessica Holmes
3. Draya Michele
4. Marlon Wayans
5. Bella Hadid
6. Garth Fisher
7. Scoey Mitchell
8. Maria Lopez
9. Georgia Hardstark
- Strait Country – 1981
- Strait from the Heart – 1982
- Right or Wrong – 1983
- Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind – 1984
- Something Special – 1985
- #7 – 1986
- Ocean Front Property – 1987
- If You Ain’t Lovin’ You Ain’t Livin’ – 1988
- Beyond the Blue Neon – 1989
- Livin’ It Up – 1990
- Chill of an Early Fall – 1991
- Holding My Own – 1992
- Pure Country – 1992
- Easy Come, Easy Go – 1993
- Lead On – 1994
- Blue Clear Sky – 1996
- Carrying Your Love with Me – 1997
- One Step at a Time – 1998
- Always Never the Same – 1999
- George Strait – 2000
- The Road Less Traveled – 2001
- Honkytonkville – 2003
- Somewhere Down in Texas – 2005
- It Just Comes Natural – 2006
- Troubadour – 2008
- Twang – 2009
- Here for a Good Time – 2011
- Love Is Everything – 2013
- Cold Beer Conversation – 2015
George Strait Songs
- Amarillo by Morning
- All My Ex’s Live In Texas
- Check Yes or No
- I Cross My Heart
- Write This Down
- Carrying Your Love with Me
- The Chair
- The Cowboy Rides Away
- Give It Away
- You Look So Good in Love
- Ocean Front Property
- I Can Still Make Cheyenne
- Love Without End Amen
- I Just Want to Dance With You
- Fool Hearted Memory
- Give It All We Got Tonight
- I Saw God Today
- Carried Away
- Baby’s Gotten Good at Goodbye
- She’ll Leave You with a Smile
- The Fireman
- A Fire I Can’t Put Out
- Murder on Music Row
- I Hate Everything
- One Night at a Time
- Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her
- Marina del Rey
- Cowboys Like Us
- Easy Come, Easy Go
- When Did You Stop Loving Me
George Strait News
Country icon George Strait announces his final tour
Updated: September 27, 2012
Country music icon George Strait has announced his final concert go-round but stressed that he does not plan to ride into the sunset after his two-year “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour” ends in 2014.
“Don’t think I’m retiring, because I’m not,” Strait, who turned 60 this year, said at a press conference Wednesday at the Country Music and Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.
“If a special event happens to come up somewhere I want to do, by all means, I’m going to do it,” he said. “I hope I still have a lot of those left in me.”
A likely prospect, if his future at all resembles his past.
Strait lays claim to 59 number one hits — at least one a year for 30 years – and 65 million albums sales, according to the news release announcing his final tour.
Straight broke into stardom with his 1981 album “Strait Country” and has cranked out an album almost every year since — in some years two, according to his discography on allmusic.com.
To say the country star has been wildly popular would be an understatement: With 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum and 38 gold records, according to the Recording Industry Association of America, only the biggest names in popular music, the likes of The Beatles and Elvis have outdone him in album sales in the United States.
In recorded music, Strait, with his smooth Texas accent and traditional county style, has even outsold The Rolling Stones stateside, who RIAA lists with 11 multi-platinum, 28 platinum and 42 gold albums.
He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, a rarity for a still actively recording artist.
The music icon was no stranger to 1960’s musical phenomenon known as the British Invasion, which brought The Beatles and The Stones to America, according to Strait’s hall of fame biography.
Growing up in a small town south of San Antonio, Texas, it was the music he listened to.
In an almost clichéd country music scenario, Strait’s mother took her daughter and left Strait and his brother “Buddy” with their father, a math teacher, to raise, according to the singer’s biography on allmusic.
Strait was a sod buster but also a rock musician. He helped work the family’s 2,000-acre ranch and joined garage bands in high school, the hall of fame wrote.
After eloping with his high-school sweetheart, he enlisted in the army, where he became a country singer in a band on his base in Hawaii.
He stuck with it when he arrived back home, and while playing with country band “Ace in the Hole,” promoter Erv Woolsey, who later became Strait’s manager, discovered him and got him a recording contract with MCA.
Over 30 years later, the first year of his final tour will kick off and wrap up in his home state of Texas.
“We start out in Lubbock and are going to go up there and play for a bunch of Red Raiders,” Strait said. “That’s always fun.”
A list of the 21 venues for 2013 can be found on the singer’s Facebook page. Popular female country artist Martina McBride joins him as guest artist for the first year of the tour.
The tour is named after one of Strait’s many hits, The Cowboy Rides Away, a sad melody about a woman breaking a man’s heart.
“It’s a song that we’ve closed our show with for many years,” Strait said, who also shared a memory of playing it for President George Bush, Sr. at Camp David, a week before he left office.
Strait felt it was important to quit while he’s ahead and not to wait for the public to end the relationship some day, leaving him crooning before dwindling audiences.
He also has no intention of preserving himself as a Las Vegas casino act. “I don’t feel like I’ll ever want to do that,” he said.
When the stress of touring has evaporated two years down the road, Strait said he plans to spend more time playing golf and angling with a special partner.
“I have a new grandson, so I will certainly be spending a lot of time with him,” Stait said. “I’ll try to steal him away from his parents for a while and maybe take him fishing.”
But he couldn’t stop repeating that he is not through with music and even announced he will be recording a new album soon. “I think it’s been the longest time right now between records for me ever since ’81, so I’m pretty anxious to get something out.”
He even left a back door open — well, maybe just cracked — on the possibility of touring again in the coming years.
“In 2016 I might say ‘what a dummy,’ ” Strait quipped, drawing warm snickers from the audience, “and if that’s the case, maybe I’ll reconsider, but at this particular time, I’m pretty sure I won’t.”
It seems that for the cowboy, as his tour theme song says:
“Oh the last goodbye’s the hardest one to say,”
And this is where the cowboy rides away.”
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