36 Facts About George Strait

1. George Strait met Norma Voss in high school and it was love at first sight.

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2. George Strait continues to be a popular force in country music today.

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3. George Strait eloped with his high school sweetheart, Norma, before joining the army.

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4. George Strait was born and raised in Pearsall, Texas, the second of three children of a high school math teacher.

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5. George Strait was on the verge of quitting the entertainment business in favor of a job in agriculture when he managed to wrangle a contract with MCA Records.

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6. George Strait made his silver screen debut with a starring role in a film called Pure Country in 1992.

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7. George Strait was stationed at the Schofield Barracks in Hawaii in 1973 as part of his military service.

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8. George Strait is known as the King of Country, and justifiably so.

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9. George Strait prefers to not tell his own story in his songs.

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10. George Strait has had eighty-six singles on Billboard's Top 10 country chart, and more than half of them have gone to No 1.

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11. George Strait records in a tiny studio in Key West owned by Jimmy Buffet.

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12. George Strait announced his retirement in 2014 and end it with a "Cowboy Rides Away" tour in Arlington.

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13. George Strait is providing McBryde 45-minute sets in the first of three weekend support performances at T-Mobile.

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14. George Strait teams up with longtime collaborators Dean Dillion and his son Bubba Strait to pen most of the album's other tracks, with acclaimed songwriters Lori McKenna, Luke Laird, Barry Dean and Buddy Cannon lending their talents to the album.

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15. In 2016, George Strait released a greatest hits package, Strait Out of the Box: Part 2.

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16. George Strait is tied with Merle Haggard for the most male vocalist of the year awards.

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17. George Strait was presented the award by the previous winner Garth Brooks.

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18. George Strait was only the second artist to be inducted into the Hall of Fame while still actively recording and producing chart-topping hits and albums.

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19. George Strait was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, performing his then-latest No 1 hit "Give it Away" right before accepting his replica Hall of Fame plaque at the 40th CMA Awards.

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20. George Strait is third only to Elvis Presley and The Beatles with the most gold and platinum albums in the history of music.

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21. George Strait had a limited role in the sequel to Pure Country, Pure Country 2: The Gift.

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22. George Strait had a bit part in The Soldier and starred in Pure Country (1992).

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23. George Strait has sold more than 68 million records in the United States alone and his certifications from the RIAA include 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums.

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24. In January 2018, George Strait was named the 2018 Texan of the Year by the Texas Legislative Conference, a statewide group of business and political leaders.

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25. George Strait has teamed up with Texas Governor Greg Abbott to help with disaster relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which devastated coastal areas of Texas.

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26. George Strait owns a Gulfstream G450 business jet and carries a personal registration N518GS.

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27. George Strait eloped to Mexico with his high school sweetheart Norma in December 1971.

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28. George Strait was supported on the tour by his longtime eleven-member touring group, the Ace in the Hole Band.

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29. On September 26, 2012, George Strait announced that he was retiring from touring, and that his Cowboy Rides Away Tour would be his last.

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30. George Strait is the first country artist to receive Billboards highest touring accolade.

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31. All in all, George Strait scored 17 No 1 hits on the Billboard country airplay charts in the decade, and carried his successes into the next century.

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32. George Strait finished the decade by winning the CMA Entertainer of the Year award in 1989.

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33. In 1983, George Strait made his first appearance at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo when the headlining star, Eddie Rabbitt, came down sick with the flu.

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34. George Strait was offered a job designing cattle pens and decided to take it.

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35. George 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.

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36. The Beatles were popular when George Strait was in high school.

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