George Strait Biography

George Strait is an American country singer known for his traditional yet unique style of bar-room ballads and Western swing music. This biography provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievement, works & timeline.

George Strait
Quick Facts

Birthday: May 18, 1952

Nationality: American

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Age: 67 Years, 67 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Taurus

Born in: Poteet, Texas

Famous as: American singer

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Norma Strait (m. 1971)

father: John Byron Strait

mother: Doris Couser Strait

children: George Strait Jr., Jenifer Strait

U.S. State: Texas

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education: Southwest Texas State University

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George Harvey Strait is an American country music singer who 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 while still in high school when he started a garage band. He would attend live performances of country music that were often held in Texan towns and soon his interest turned to this genre. 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 of “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 on 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.

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George Strait
Childhood & Early Life
  • George Strait was born in Texas to John Strait, a school teacher and his wife Doris Couser. He had two siblings. His father owned a two-thousand acre cattle ranch where the family worked at on the weekends.
  • His parents divorced when he was young. His mother moved away with his sister, leaving behind George and his brother to be raised by their father.
  • He attended Pearsall High school where he played in a rock and roll garage band. His interest soon shifted to country music which was often performed live in Texas.
  • He enlisted in the US Army in 1971. After being honorably discharged from the army, he attended Southwest Texas State University from where he received a degree in agriculture.
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  • While serving in the army, stationed at Hawaii, he began performing with an army sponsored band “Rambling Country” which also performed off-base under the name of “Santee.”
  • Later on, while pursuing his college degree, he joined the country band “Stoney Ridge” as a vocalist. He quickly became the band leader and renamed the band as “Ace in the Hole.”
  • His band performed all around south and central Texas and gained local followers. Soon Strait got the opportunity to record many of the songs he had written, but these songs could not achieve wide recognition.
  • After years of struggle, Strait finally signed a solo contract with MCA Records in 1981 with the help of his friend Erv Woolsey. In the same year he released his first single “Unwound” which climbed on to become the top ten Hot Country Songs. The song was included in his debut album “Strait Country.”
  • In the following decade, he recorded 17 subsequent No.1’s including ‘Strait from the Heart’ (1982), ‘Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind’ (1984), ‘Something Special’ (1985), ‘Ocean Front Property’ (1987), and ‘Beyond the Blue Neon’ (1989).
  • His tenth studio album ‘Livin' It Up’ was released in 1990, and featured two number one hits. He followed with ‘Chill of an Early Fall’ in 1991 and ‘Holding My Own’ in 1992.
  • In 1992, he made his acting debut with ‘Pure country’, a musical western film directed by Christopher Cain. The film was a big box office flop though the soundtrack was a critical hit.
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  • He released many other noteworthy albums in the decade including ‘Easy Come, Easy Go’ (1993), ‘Blue Clear Sky’ (1996), ‘Carrying Your Love With Me’ (1997), and ‘One Step At a Time’ (1998).
  • In 2000, he released a self titled album ‘George Strait’ and followed it with the critically acclaimed ‘The Road Less Traveled’ in 2001.
  • The year 2006 marked Strait’s 30th year in the music industry which he celebrated with the release of a new album titled ‘It Just Comes natural’ which featured 15 new songs. His other albums over the years include: ‘Troubadour’ (2008), ‘Twang’ (2009) and ‘Here for a Good Time’ (2011).
Major Works
  • His debut album ‘Strait Country’ (1981) featuring the hit single ‘Unwound’ which catapulted him to overnight fame was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
  • His 1987 Album ‘Ocean Front Property’ is a multi-platinum album. It was his first album to debut at No.1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart.
  • The album ‘Pure Country’, the soundtrack of the 1992 movie ‘Pure Country’ is Strait’s biggest commercial success till date, having sold over six million copies. It includes songs like "I Cross My Heart" and "Heartland."
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  • ‘Strait Out of the Box’ (1995) is his highest certified multi-platinum album which sold more than eight million copies. It is a box-set that includes many of his hit singles dating from 1976 to 1995.
  • His 2008 album ‘Troubadour’ is considered to be one of his best works as he earned the Grammy Award for Best Country Album for it. It included songs like ‘It was me’, ‘Rivers of Love’ and ‘I Saw God today.’
Awards & Achievements
  • He holds the record for most number of No.1 albums, gold albums, platinum albums and multi-platinum in the history of country music.
  • He has produced a top ten hit every year for thirty consecutive years — a world record in the history of music.
  • In 2006, he was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame where he performed his then-latest hit ‘Give it away’.
  • He won his first Grammy, the Grammy Award for Best Country Album for his 2008 album ‘Troubadour’. The single ‘I saw God Today’ was his highest-debuting single ever.
  • He was named Artist of the Decade for the 2000s by the Academy of Country Music in 2009. He received the award from the previous winner Garth Brooks.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • He married his high school sweetheart Norma in 1971. The couple had two children, a daughter and a son. He became a grandfather in 2012.
  • His daughter Jenifer died in an accident at the age of 13. Strait and his wife set up The Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation in her memory. The foundation donates money to children’s charities.
  • He enjoys various outdoor activities like hunting, fishing, playing golf, riding motorcycles, etc.
  • He and his son are both members of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PRCA).
  • He is associated with the Wrangler National Patriot program, a campaign that raises awareness and funds for US’s wounded and fallen military veterans and their families.

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