George Strait Basic Facts:
Name: George Harvey Strait
Birthdate: May 14, 1952
Birthplace: Poteet, TX
Style of Country Mix of Traditional and Contemporary Country
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George Strait Songwriting:
George Strait doesn't write his own songs, but he knows how to pick the best songwriters, as witnessed by his 56 number one songs. Some songs that George has recorded over the years are from Bryon Hill ("Fool Hearted Memory"), Mack Vickery ("The Fireman"), Steve Bogard ("Carried Away"), Dean Dillon ("The Chair"), Rodney Crowell ("Stars on the Water"), Jim Lauderdale ("We Really Shouldn't Be Doing This"), and Bob DiPiero ("Blue Clear Sky").
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George Strait Biography:
George Harvey Strait was born on May 15, 1952, in Poteet, Texas. He was raised on a cattle ranch and spent the summers working on the ranch with his parents, brother and sister. When he was in third grade, his parents divorced. His mother took his sister to live with her, while George and his brother stayed with his father.
During high school, Strait was part of a rock band, but soon turned to country music. After high school, he entered college at Southwest Texas State University, but dropped out and eloped with his high school sweetheart, Norma, in Mexico.
Next, George enlisted in the Army, and was stationed in Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. He began playing in a country band while in the military.
After being honorably discharged in 1975, Strait and his family moved back to Texas, where he enrolled once more in Southwest Texas State University, and he graduated with an agriculture degree in 1979.
It Started with "Unwound"
In 1981, Strait released his first single, "Unwound." The song did very well, reaching the Top 10. After a second single stalled, his third single, "If You're Thinking You Want a Stranger (There's One Coming Home)," became his first Top 3 song. This began a string of Top 10 songs that lasted into the 1990s.
His first No. 1 song was "Fool Hearted Memory," and through the 1990s, he had a total of 31 No. 1 hits. By the mid-1980s, Strait was winning awards, such as the CMA Album of the Year, in 1985, for Does Ft. Worth Ever Cross Your Mind to his win for CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1989 and again in 1990.
Strait has acted in several motion pictures, including a bit part in 1982 in The Soldier, and probably his most well-known part, as the star of Pure Country in 1992.
In 1995, Strait released Strait Out of the Box -- a four-CD box set. This became the second biggest selling box set ever.
George kept going strong, scoring 50 Number One Hits, and then surpassing that with six more as of the writing of this biography.
Always a big touring act in the 1990s, he headlined the George Strait Country Music Festival taking rising stars on tour with him, who went on to become superstars themselves -- stars such as Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, the Dixie Chicks, Faith Hill, and Alan Jackson.
Strait continues to record and tour today, still racking up Top 5 hits left and right. For the man people call "King George," It Just Comes Natural.