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    George Strait

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    She'll Leave You With a Smile (v1) lyrics
    2It Was Me lyrics
    I Cross My Heart lyrics
    4Hark, The Herald Angels Sing lyrics
    5I've Come to Expect It from You lyrics
    6Is It That Time Again lyrics
    7What Would Your Memories Do lyrics
    The Middle Of Nowhere lyrics
    9El Rey lyrics
    10Honky Tonk Down Stairs lyrics

    Most Popular Albums (more)

    A Country Christmas 1999 Christmas Cookies [MCA] [1999]
    Pure Country [MCA] [1992]
    3Something Special [Universal] [1985]
    4Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind [MCA] [1984]
    5Strait Country [Universal] [1981]
    6#7 [Universal] [1987]
    7George Strait's Greatest Hits [MCA] [1986]
    8Strait From The Heart [MCA] [1982]
    9Right Or Wrong [Universal] [1983]
    10Merry Christmas Strait To You [Universal] [1986]


    Strait was born and raised in Texas, the son of a junior high
    school teacher who also owned and operated a ranch that
    had been in the Strait family for nearly hundred years. When
    George was a child, his mother left the family, taking her
    daughter but leaving behind her sons with the father. During
    his childhood, he would spend his weekdays in town and his
    weekends on the ranch. Strait began playing music as a
    teenager, joining a rock & roll garage band.

    After his high-school graduation in the late '60s, Strait
    enrolled in college but soon dropped out and eloped with his
    high-school sweetheart, Norma. In 1971, Strait enlisted in
    the Army; two years later, he was stationed Hawaii. While in
    Hawaii, he began playing country music, initially with an
    Army-sponsored country band called Rambling Country.
    They played several dates off the base under the name
    Santee. Strait left the Army in 1975, returning to Texas with
    the intent of completing his education. He enrolled in
    Southwest Texas State University at San Marcos, where he
    studied agriculture. While he was studying, he formed his
    own country band, Ace in the Hole Band.

    Ace in the Hole Band made a few records for the independent
    Dallas-based label D in the late '70s, but they never went
    anywhere. Toward the end of the decade, Strait attempted to
    carve out a niche in Nashville, but he failed since he lacked
    any strong connections. In 1979, he became friends with Erv
    Woolsey, a Texas club owner who had formerly worked for
    MCA Records. Erv Woolsey had several MCA executives
    come down to Texas to hear Strait. His performance
    convinced the company to sign him in 1980.

    "Unwound," Strait's first single, was released in the spring of
    1981 and climbed into the Top Ten. The follow-up, "Down
    and Out," stalled at 16, but "If You're Thinking You Want a
    Stranger (There's One Coming Home)" reached number
    three in early 1982. The song sparked a remarkable string of
    Top Ten hits that ran well into the '90s. During that time he
    had an astonishing 31 number one singles, beginning with
    1982's "Fool Hearted Memory."

    Throughout the '80s, he dominated the country singles charts,
    and his albums consistently went platinum or gold. Strait
    rarely abandoned hardcore honky tonk and Western swing --
    toward the beginning of the '90s, his sound became a little
    slicker, but it was only a relative change. Strait was also one
    of the few '80s superstars to survive the generational shift of
    the early '90s that began with the phenomenal success of
    Garth Brooks. In 1992, he made his first movie, Pure
    Country, which featured him in the lead role. Strait released
    a four-disc box set career retrospective, Strait Out of the
    Box, in 1995. By the spring of 1996, it had become one of
    the five biggest-selling box sets in popular music history.
    Blue Clear Sky, his 1996 album, debuted on the country
    charts at number one and the pop charts at number seven.
    In 1997, he released Carrying Your Love with Me, following it
    with One Step at a Time in 1998. Always Never the Same
    appeared a year later, as did the seasonal effort Merry
    Christmas Wherever You Are. The simply titled George
    Strait, featuring the hit single "Go On," hit the shelves in late
    2000. Did Strait slow down? Nay. 2001 saw the release of,
    which qualified as an experimental album of sorts for the
    veteran performer. While it didn't stray very far from his new
    traditionalist country sound, did include a foray into vocal
    processing that was about as country as a pair of Stiletto
    -healed cowboy boots. But the experimentation was welcome,
    for it revealed that Strait was still hungry, even after millions
    upon millions of records sold. Strait issued two projects in
    2003. chronicled his headlining set at the last Houston
    Livestock and Rodeo ever held in the big Texas dome, while
    was a fiery set of hard country, lauded by critics for it's
    mixture of the old Strait with his modern, superstar self.

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