Born In: Poteet, Texas, United States
George Harvey Strait Sr. is an American country music singer. He is popularly referred to as the “King of Country” by his fans. In addition to being a singer, he is also an actor and music producer whose talents are recognized by followers and critics alike. He is famous for being true to traditional country music while developing his own unique style of bar-room ballads, western swing, and honky-tonk style music. He discovered his interest in rock and roll music when he was in high school, post which he started a garage band. He would attend live performances of country music that were often held in Texan towns. Subsequently, he became interested in country music. He lists Lefty Frizzel, Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, and George Jones as his biggest influences. His music career began when he was serving in the ‘US Army.’ While he was stationed in Hawaii, he started performing with an army-sponsored band called ‘Rambling Country’ which played under the name ‘Santee’ while performing off-base. After his army days, he joined the country band ‘Stoney Ridge’ which he renamed as ‘Ace in the Hole’ when he became the lead. His band performed at several honky-tonks and bars around Texas, and soon gained an impressive fan following. As of today, he has sold more than 70 million albums in the US and holds the world record for having the maximum number-one hit singles in the history of music.
Also Known As: George Harvey Strait Sr.
Spouse/Ex-: Norma Strait (m. 1971)
father: John Byron Strait
mother: Doris Couser Strait
siblings: Buddy Strait, Pency Edel
children: George Strait Jr., Jenifer Strait
Born Country: United States
Notable Alumni: Texas State University
U.S. State: Texas
education: Texas State University
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