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George Strait - Wikipedia. George Harvey Strait (born May 1. American country music singer, songwriter, actor, and music producer. During the 1. 98. In the 2. 00. 0s, 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 the album Troubadour. Strait was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1.
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ACM Entertainer of the Year in 1. He has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards and has more wins in both categories than any other artist.
In 2. 00. 9, he broke Conway Twitty\'s previous record for the most number- one hits on Billboard\'s Hot Country Songs chart when his 4. Twitty\'s 4. 0. For example, the Strait Tours earned $9. His certifications from the RIAA include 1. His best- selling album is Pure Country (1.
His highest certified album is Strait Out of the Box (1. According to the RIAA, Strait is the 1. United States overall.
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Early life. He grew up in nearby Pearsall, in Frio County, where his father was a junior high school mathematics teacher and the owner of a 2,0. Big Wells, Texas. The family worked at the ranch on the weekends and in the summers. When George was in the fourth grade, his father and mother were divorced, and his mother moved away with his sister, Pency.
George and his brother John, Jr., or . 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.
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. The couple initially married in Mexico on December 4, 1. That same year, he enlisted in the United States Army.
While stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii as a part of the 2. Infantry Division, Strait began performing with a U. S. Army- sponsored band, . 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. Soon, his band was given the opportunity to record several Strait- penned singles including .
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. 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 1.
The initial deal was for one song. If the single did well, the label would then consider doing an album. The record featured two more singles including . Strait, and . Performing at that rodeo has since become a mainstay throughout his career, making more than twenty appearances at the Rodeo, and playing to a total of more than one million fans. Strait recorded 1.
No. 1\'s in the decade, including a string of five that lasted from 1. The next year, he won the CMA award for top male vocalist, and released his first Greatest hits compilation, which featured songs from his first three albums. Also in 1. 98. 5, Strait released Something Special, the third straight number- one album of his career, featuring the number- one single . Strait and his family were struck with tragedy when his 1.
Jenifer, was killed in a one- car non- alcohol- related accident. She was riding in a Ford Mustang driven by Gregory Wilson Allen, 1.
Staples, Texas. He was subsequently charged with a Class A misdemeanor for vehicular homicide. Mike Cox, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety in Austin, said .
Jenifer was riding in the front passengers seat and none of the four occupants were wearing seat belts at the time. He stopped doing interviews for many years after the accident as he and his family did not wish to discuss Jenifer\'s death. His grief did not hinder his performance, however, or his output, as he went on to release 1.
No. 1 hits, starting with . Ocean Front Property was the first country album to ever debut at No. The streak included such songs as . Strait finished the decade by winning the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1. A year later, he won the award again. Both songs remained No.
Chill of an Early Fall shortly followed in 1. Entertainment Weekly noted that the album marked a shift for Strait from . The record blocked his run of eight top charting albums with its peak of No. In the spring of 1. Holding My Own was released. It did not produce any No. It was his most successful studio album, producing such hits as .
Country and Billboard 2. The success continued with his next album, Easy Come, Easy Go in 1. Billboard 2. 00 and featured the hits .
His next four albums, including Lead On in 1. Blue Clear Sky in 1. Carrying Your Love with Me in 1.
One Step at a Time, all charted at No. Blue Clear Sky claiming the spot on its debut week, and Carrying Your Love with Me peaking at No. Billboard 2. 00 for the first time in Strait\'s career. This series of albums produced eight number one singles for Strait, including .
He also was named as the CMA\'s Top Male Vocalist in 1.