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George Strait

George Strait
George Strait, 2014
Background information
Birth name George Harvey Strait
Also known as
  • King George
  • The King of Country
  • The Cowboy
  • The Man
  • The King
Born (1952-05-18) May 18, 1952
Poteet, Texas, United States
Origin Pearsall, Texas, United States
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer, actor
Instruments Vocals, guitar
Years active 1976–present
Labels MCA (MCA Nashville)
Associated acts
Website .com.georgestraitwww

George Harvey Strait (born May 18, 1952) is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer known as the "King of Country"[1] and one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time.[2] 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.

Strait's success began when his first single "Troubadour. Strait was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1989, 1990 and 2013, and ACM Entertainer of the Year in 1990 and 2014. He has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards and has more wins in both categories than any other artist. 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.[3] Counting all music charts, Strait has amassed a total of 60 number-one hits, breaking a record also previously set by Twitty, and giving him more number one songs than any other artist in any genre of music.[4] Strait is also known for his touring career when he designed a 360- degree configuration and introduced a festival style tours. For example, the Strait Tours earned $90 million in three years.[5] George Strait was successful innovating country music and in numerous aspects of being a part of popular music.

Strait has sold more than 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time.[6] His certifications from the RIAA include 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums. His best-selling album is Pure Country (1992), which sold 6 million (6× platinum). 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). According to the RIAA, Strait is the 12th best-selling album recording artist in the United States overall.

Contents

  • Early life 1
  • Music career 2
    • 1980s 2.1
    • 1990s 2.2
    • 2000–present 2.3
    • The Cowboy Rides Away Tour 2.4
  • Personal life 3
  • Discography 4
  • Filmography 5
  • Awards 6
  • See also 7
  • References 8
  • Sources 9
  • External links 10

Early life

George Harvey Strait was born on May 18, 1952, in [8]

Strait began his musical interest while attending Pearsall High School, where he played in a Bob Wills, Hank Williams, and Frank Sinatra influencing his style. Strait did not tune to the country music radio often as a youth, usually listening to the news and the farmer's report. His introduction to country music came mostly by way of live performances, which, according to Strait, could be heard in every town in Texas.[9] He eloped with his high school sweetheart, Norma. The couple initially married in Mexico on December 4, 1971. That same year, he enlisted in the United States Army. While stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii as a part of the 25th Infantry Division, Strait began performing with a U.S. Army-sponsored band, "Rambling Country", which played off-base under the name "Santee".[8] On October 6, 1972, while still in Hawaii, George and Norma had their first child, Jenifer.

After Strait was honorably discharged from the Army in 1975, he enrolled at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos and graduated with a degree in agriculture. During his college years, he joined the country band Stoney Ridge, answering a flyer the band posted around campus looking for a new vocalist. Strait renamed the group the Ace in the Hole Band and quickly became the lead; they began to perform at different honky tonks and bars around south and central Texas, traveling as far east as Huntsville and Houston.[10] They gained a regional following and opened for national acts such as The Texas Playboys. Soon, his band was given the opportunity to record several Strait-penned singles including "That Don't Change The Way I Feel About You," and "I Can't Go On Dying Like This" for the Houston-based D label. However, the songs never achieved wide recognition, and Strait continued to manage his family cattle ranch during the day in order to make some extra cash.[10][11]

While he continued to play with his band, without any real connections to the music industry, Strait became friends with Erv Woolsey, who operated one of the bars in which the Ace in the Hole band played, and who had previously worked for the major label MCA Records. Woolsey convinced some of his Music Row (Nashville, TN) connections to come to Texas and to listen to Strait and his band play. Impressed with the performance, but concerned that they couldn't market the Western Swing sound that the band featured, they left without a deal. After several unsuccessful trips to Nashville in search of a record deal in which Strait was turned down by every label in town, he considered giving up music altogether. He was offered a job designing cattle pens and decided to take it. He gave the band notice that he was leaving, but after a discussion with his wife, she convinced him to give music one more year. Not long afterward, MCA signed Strait to a recording contract in February 1981. The initial deal was for one song. If the single did well, the label would then consider doing an album. [12] The Ace in the Hole band remained with Strait, performing as the backup and touring band for the now solo act.[11]

Music career

1980s

In the spring of 1981, Strait released his first single for MCA Records, entitled "Baby Blue". Strait finished the decade by winning the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1989. A year later, he won the award again.[13]

1990s

George Strait performing live at the Mariner Arena, Baltimore, Maryland on April 7, 2008

Strait began the decade with the release of his tenth studio album, Livin' It Up, which featured two No. 1 hits including "Love Without End, Amen", his first multi-week hit, and "I've Come to Expect It From You". Both songs remained No. 1 for five weeks in 1990. Chill of an Early Fall shortly followed in 1991, and received positive reviews. Entertainment Weekly noted that the album marked a shift for Strait from "repeating himself" in his previous works to producing different material.[18] It produced the No. 1's "If I Know Me" and "[t]]", but ended his streak of 31 straight top ten hits with the cover of "Lovesick Blues", which peaked at No. 24. The record blocked his run of eight top charting albums with its peak of No. 4. In the spring of 1992, Holding My Own was released. It did not produce any No. 1s but did include two top five songs including "So Much Like My Dad".

Later in 1992, Strait played the main character in the movie Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, and others. In an effort to introduce these acts to as many fans as possible, the festival promised not to visit any market more than twice. It played only a small number of dates, usually no more than twenty a year, but still managed to be the ninth-biggest-grossing tour of 1998. In 2009, the George Strait Country Music Festival was voted the most important tour in the history of country music and the best selling country music tour in the 90s.

Strait completed the decade with the album Always Never the Same in 1999, which peaked at No. 2 on country charts and matched the cross-over success of Pure Country by reaching No. 6 on the Billboard 200. The record produced the hits "What Do You Say to That", "Meanwhile", and the No. 1 "Write This Down". Reviews of the album's material were generally moderate, but Entertainment Weekly observed that at this point in his career, Strait could record the "most lightweight" material and "make it soar" on the radio with his "grace".[18] All in all, Strait scored 17 No. 1 hits on the Billboard country airplay charts in the decade, and carried his successes into the next century.[8]

2000–present

George Strait on the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut, February 23, 2013

Strait released a The Road Less Traveled was released. Reviews for the album were mostly positive, Rolling Stone described it as sticking to the formula "but adds a few twists that make it superior to his last few releases."[19] It featured "vocal processing", and was considered by some critics as an experimental album.[11]

Three singles were released from it, two of which reached No. 1, including "Run" peaked at No. 2 and reached No. 34 on the Billboard 100. Strait released two records in 2003. For the Last Time: Live from the Astrodome was a recording of the last Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo to take place in the Astrodome. The performance itself, set the record for paid attendance at the venue, with 68,266 people, breaking Latin superstar Selena's previous record of approximately 67,000 in 1995.

His next album, Desperately". His 2004 performance at Reliant Stadium set a new Rodeo attendance record, with 68,679 spectators. That year he issued a Greatest Hits package billed as 50 Number Ones, chronicling the No. 1 hits of his career from all charts, starting with "Fool Hearted Memory" and ending with "She'll Leave You With a Smile." A new track, "I Hate Everything", was also included, and became his 51st overall Number One in 2004. The next year, Somewhere Down in Texas arrived, which produced the hit "You'll Be There," marking Strait's first appearance on the Adult Contemporary chart. The next year, he embarked on a tour that included only 18 performances but grossed over $15 million. He attributed this success to the fact that he and his band are "musically very tight," have a large pool of songs to draw from, and perform those songs very similarly to how they sound on their albums.[20]

George Strait on the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut, February 23, 2013

On October 3, 2006, Strait marked his 30th year in the music industry with the release of a new album titled Troubadour on April 1, 2008. The CD contained 12 tracks, including a duet with Patty Loveless and another with long-time songwriter Dean Dillon. The lead single from the album, "I Saw God Today", debuted at No. 19 on the Radio and Records and Billboard charts. It is the highest debut ever for a single from Strait and the fourth highest debut for a song in country music history. Troubadour debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts, selling over 160,000 copies in its first week of release. "River of Love" the 3rd single from the album became his 57th number-one song in 2009.[21]

George Strait on the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey, March 1, 2014

In April 2009, George Strait was honored by the Academy of Country Music with the Artist of the Decade Award, which was presented to Strait by the previous ACM Artist of the Decade, Garth Brooks. In June of that year he headlined the first event at the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Strait's single "Living for the Night" was released on May 28, 2009, and was written by Strait, his son Bubba, and Dean Dillon. The song was the lead single from his album Twang, released on August 11, 2009. Twang was certified gold for selling over 500,000 copies. In 2010, Billboard ranked Strait No. 1 in the top 25 country artists of the past 25 years.[22]

On September 6, 2011, Strait released the album, Here for a Good Time, which yielded two No. 1 singles—"Here for a Good Time" and "Love's Gonna Make It Alright"—bringing Strait's No. 1 singles total to 59. The album's third single, "Drinkin' Man", was less successful, peaking at No. 37.

In October 2012, Strait released the single "I Believe" reached No. 50 on The U.S. Country Airplay chart, making it Strait's first single to miss the Top 40. Strait won the 2013 CMA Entertainer of the Year award.

In November 2013, Billboard magazine presented Strait with its Legend of Live honor during the 10th annual Billboard Touring Awards ceremony.[25] The award honors the concert industry's top artist based on Billboard's Boxscore chart and box office performance.[26] Strait is the first country artist to receive Billboard magazine's highest touring accolade.[27]

On April 19, 2015, Strait made a guest appearance at the 2015 ACM Awards, he performed "All My Ex's Lives In Texas" and his new single "Let it Go" .[28]

The Cowboy Rides Away Tour

On September 26, 2012, Strait announced that he was retiring from touring, and that his Cowboy Rides Away Tour would be his last.[29][30][31] Tickets for both arenas and stadiums on the Cowboy Rides Away Tour sold out in a matter of hours. The tour started on January 18, 2013 in Lubbock, Texas and is divided into two legs: 21 concerts in 2013 and 26 concerts in 2014, for a total of 47 concerts. The tour ended in Arlington, Texas on June 7, 2014. Strait was supported on the tour by his longtime eleven-member touring group, the Ace in the Hole Band. For the 2013 leg, Martina McBride was the opening performer.[29] On January 9, 2014, Strait initiated the second leg of the tour, which featured the opening performers Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Vince Gill, Sheryl Crow, Lee Ann Womack, Merle Haggard, Chris Young, Ronnie Dunn, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, and Asleep at the Wheel.[32] Many of these performers gathered together for the tour's final concert in Arlington, Texas, before 104,793 fans—the largest attendance at a single-show concert in the United States.[33] The concert also set a record for the largest gross at a single-show country concert, $18,194,374.[33]

A live album recorded from the final concert in Arlington titled

  • George Strait Online
  • George Strait - biography, discography, lyrics, photos, videos
  • Official UMG Nashville Artist Page
  • George Strait at the Internet Movie Database
  • Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
  • George Strait Team Roping Classic (GSTRC) homepage

External links

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References

See also

Year Awards Award
1985 Academy of Country Music Top Male Vocalist
1985 Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year
1985 Country Music Association Album of the Year – Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind
1986 Academy of Country Music Top Male Vocalist
1986 Academy of Country Music Album of the Year – Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind
1986 Music City News Country Male Artist of the Year
1986 Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year
1986 Billboard Top Country Artist
1987 Billboard Top Country Artist
1988 Academy of Country Music Top Male Vocalist
1989 Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year
1989 Special Connie B. Gay Award
1989 Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year
1989 Special Presidential American Success Award
1990 Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year
1990 Radio & Records Country Performer Of The Year
1991 American Music Awards Favorite Country Male Artist
1993 Academy of Country Music Tex Ritter Movie Of The Year – Pure Country
1995 Academy of Country Music Single of the Year – "Check Yes Or No"
1995 ASCAP Voice Of Music Award
1996 TNN/Music City News Video of the Year – "Check Yes Or No"
1996 TNN/Music City News Single of the Year – "Check Yes or No"
1996 TNN/Music City News Album of the Year – Lead On
1996 Music City News Country Single of the Year – "Check Yes or No"
1996 Country Music Association Single of the Year – "Check Yes or No"
1996 Country Music Association Album of the Year – Blue Clear Sky
1996 Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year
1996 Academy of Country Music Top Male Vocalist
1996 Academy of Country Music Album of the Year – Blue Clear Sky
1996 Radio & Records Best Single – "Check Yes or No"
1996 Radio & Records Best Male Vocalist
1996 Radio & Records Most Valuable Performer
1996 Billboard Top Country Artist
1997 TNN/Music City News Album of the Year – Blue Clear Sky
1997 Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year
1997 Country Music Association Album of the Year – Carrying Your Love With Me
1997 American Music Awards Favorite Country Album – Blue Clear Sky
1997 Academy of Country Music Top Male Vocalist
1997 Academy of Country Music Album of the Year – Carrying Your Love With Me
1997 Radio & Records Best Album – Blue Clear Sky
1997 Radio & Records Best Male Vocalist
1996 Billboard Most Played Artist (All Genres of Music)
1998 Country Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year
1998 American Music Awards Favorite Country Male Artist
1998 American Music Awards Favorite Country Album – Carrying Your Love With Me
1998 Radio & Records Best Male Vocalist
1999 Country Weekly Golden Pick Awards Favorite Song – "I Just Want To Dance With You"
1999 Country Weekly Golden Pick Awards Favorite Line Dance Song – "I Just Want To Dance With You"
1999 Country Weekly Golden Pick Awards Favorite Video Entertainer
1999 Country Weekly Golden Pick Awards Favorite Male Artist
1999 Country Weekly Golden Pick Awards Favorite Entertainer
1999 Country Weekly / TNN/CMT Music Awards Album of the Year – One Step at a Time
2000 Country Weekly / TNN/CMT Music Awards Impact Artist of the Year
2000 Country Weekly / TNN/CMT Music Awards Single of the Year – "Write This Down"
2000 Country Weekly / TNN/CMT Music Awards Male Artist of the Year
2000 Country Weekly / TNN/CMT Music Awards    Entertainer of the Year
2000 Country Weekly / TNN/CMT Music Awards Album of the Year – Always Never The Same
2000 Country Music Association Vocal Event of the Year – "Murder On Music Row" (with Alan Jackson)
2001 Country Music Association Song of the Year – "Murder On Music Row" (Awarded to Songwriters)
2002 Country Weekly Favorite Collaborative Song – "Designated Drinker" (with Alan Jackson)
2003 CMT 40 Greatest Men of Country Music Ranked No. 9
2003 Academy of Country Music Special Achievement Award (in recognition of 50 No. 1 Songs)
2003 Special Award National Medal of Arts
2005 Country Music Association Musical Event of the Year – "Good News, Bad News" (with Lee Ann Womack)
2006 Honorary Doctoral Degree Doctor of Humane Letters presented by Texas State University–San Marcos
2006 Country Music Hall of Fame Inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame
2007 Country Music Association Song of the Year - "Give It Away" (Awarded to Songwriter Jamey Johnson)
2007 Country Music Association Album of the Year – It Just Comes Natural (Two Trophies: Artist, and Producer)
2008 Country Music Association Single of the Year – "I Saw God Today"
2008 Country Music Association Album of the Year – Troubadour
2009 Grammy Awards Best Country Album – Troubadour
2009 Academy of Country Music Artist of the Decade
2010 Billboard Music Award Top Country Artist of the Past 25 Years
2013 Country Radio Broadcasters Inc. Country Radio Broadcasters Career Achievement Award
2013 ASCAP ASCAP Founders Award
2013 Billboard Touring Awards Legend of Live Award
2013 Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year
2014 Academy of Country Music Entertainer of the Year

On June 1, 2013, Strait appeared in [50]

As of June 8, 2010, George Strait was named the top country music artist of the past 25 years according to Billboard magazine. In October 2008, the Academy of Country Music Awards named Strait their Artist of the Decade for the 2000s. He was presented the award by the previous winner Garth Brooks. Past winners of the award are Marty Robbins (1960s), Loretta Lynn (1970s), Alabama (1980s) and Garth Brooks (1990s).[49] And with the win of the entertainer of the year award in 2013 he is the only artist to ever win the entertainer of the year in three different decades and also was the oldest winner. The win is currently the longest span between wins for that award as well. Strait is also tied with Merle Haggard for the most male vocalist of the year awards.

Strait has recorded the most number one songs and top five songs in the history of music of any kind, and is the only artist in the history of music of any kind to have a top ten hit every year for thirty years. He is also second all-time in top ten hits in the history of music, currently 5 away from breaking the all time record held by Eddy Arnold who had 92 in his historic career. Strait has also won 22 CMA Awards, including consecutive Entertainer of the Year honors in 1989 and 1990, and also just recently won that same honor in 2013 (and is the only artist to win the top honor in three different decades) and holds the career record for CMA nominations (as a whole) and the most consecutively of all time.As of 2009 he holds the record for the most CMA awards. Strait also holds those same records for wins and nominations for the ACM Awards. Strait was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, performing his then-latest No. 1 hit "Give it Away" right before accepting his replica Hall of Fame plaque at the 40th CMA Awards. He was only the second artist (after Eddy Arnold in 1966) to be inducted into the Hall of Fame while still actively recording and producing chart-topping hits and albums.

Strait holds the record for most number one albums, gold albums, platinum albums, and multi-platinum in the history of country music, and is eleventh in the most number one albums in all other genres. Strait is third only to Elvis Presley and The Beatles with the most gold and platinum albums in the history of music.[47] Strait has been certified as the twelfth best selling artist in American history, with career album sales of 70 million.[48]

George Strait Country Music Hall of Fame plaque

Awards

Year Title Role
1982 The Soldier Himself
1992 Pure Country Wyatt "Dusty" Chandler
2002 Grand Champion Himself
2003 King of the Hill Voice of Cornell
2011 Pure Country 2: The Gift Himself
[46].Pure Country 2: The Gift, Pure Country, produced several hit singles for Strait, and has become his best-selling album to date. Strait had a limited role in the sequel to Pure Country featured George Strait in the lead role as Dusty Chandler, a famous country singer who strays too far from his country roots and traditional sound. It provided the opportunity for Strait to branch out from his own traditional country sound for a more rock-and-roll approach. The film saw little success at the box office, taking in only $15 million, but the soundtrack, also called Pure CountryThe film

Strait has acted in several films. He had a bit part in The Soldier (1982) and starred in Pure Country (1992). He also appeared as himself in Grand Champion (2002).

Filmography

In more than 30 years of recording, all of which have been spent with MCA Records, George Strait has garnered 60 No. 1 songs on all country charts (including Mediabase 24/7, the former Radio & Records chart, and the now-defunct Gavin Report chart), and has more No. 1 hits than any other artist in any genre. His 44 Billboard magazine country No. 1's are a record, four more than Conway Twitty's total that includes several duets with Loretta Lynn.[42] Additionally, Strait is also the first artist in the history of Billboard magazine to have at least one single enter the Top 10 of a Billboard chart for 30 consecutive years, starting in 1981 when his debut single "Unwound" peaked at No. 6 on the Hot Country Singles chart. All of his Top 10 singles have been on that chart.[43] Strait has sold more than 68 million albums in the United States[44] and his certifications from the RIAA include 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums.[45]

George Strait on the Cowboy Rides Away Tour, XL Center, Hartford, Connecticut, February 23, 2013

Discography

Strait was raised in the Baptist Church. He is believed to be a Republican but does not discuss political issues in public.[41]

George Strait owns a Bombardier Challenger 300 jet, MSN 20132, and carries a personal registration N518GS. His personal aircraft is housed at the Landmark Aviation facility in San Antonio.[40]

The grandson is known as Harvey, from his common middle name shared with his father and grandfather. But is also called "Bubba". [39] Since 2010, Strait has served as spokesman for the

Strait enjoys hunting, fishing, skiing, playing golf, and riding motorcycles. Along with his son, he is a member of the PRCA and partners in team roping competitions. George and his elder brother John Jr., known as Buddy, hosted the annual George Strait Team Roping Classic, in which they competed against some of the best team ropers in the world. Strait has also said that he very seldom picks up a guitar when not in the studio or touring. He and his wife live in northwest San Antonio, as well as on a ranch near Cotulla in La Salle County between San Antonio and Laredo. Strait is a fan of the NBA's San Antonio Spurs and can be seen court-side at many of the Spurs' home basketball games.

George married his high school sweetheart, Norma, in December of 1971. Ten years later, George and Norma's son, George Strait, Jr., known as "Bubba", was born. Their daughter Jenifer (born October 6, 1972) was killed in an automobile accident in San Marcos on June 25, 1986, at the age of 13. The family set up the Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation, which donates money to children's charities in the San Antonio area.[35] Bubba, who is a graduate of Texas A&M in College Station, is pursuing a career as a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA) team roping competitor.[36] 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.

Strait at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo in 2005

Personal life

This CMT concert special had 1-1/4 hours of music from the 3+ hour concert, and interviews. [34]

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