"I WANT TO REACH THE POINT WHERE PEOPLE HEAR MY NAME AND IMMEDIATELY THINK OF REAL COUNTRY MUSIC."(GEORGE STRAIT - 1981)
George Harvey Strait
Wife:Norma Voss(Birthdate:Feb 22/Married on Dec 4,1970)
Son:George Jr."Bubba"(Birthdate:May 14,1981)
Daughter:Jenifer(Killed by car accident June 25,1986 at the age of only 13)
Stationed in Hawaii
Southwest Texas University-the faculty of agriculture,graduated 1979
San Antonio,Texas/His Ranch in Southern Texas
Ace In the Hole Band
Bob Wills,Merle Haggard,George Jones,Hank Williams
Merle Haggard"A Tribute to the Best Damn Fiddle Player in the World "
CMA,ASCAP,NARAS,AFTRA,ACM,Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association
George Strait,Co-produced with Tony Brown
"Pure Country"-Warner Bros.:Oct 1992
Top Ten Box Office gross for 4 consecutive weeks
Resistol Hats,Wrangler,Justin Boots,Tractor Supply Company
For 20 years, George Strait has dominated country music. Twenty-five of his albums have gone platinum, more than any other country act, and second only to Elvis Presley among male solo artists. Strait has logged 36 No. 1 singles on the Billboard charts, right behind Conway Twitty and Merle Haggard on the all-time list. Additional accolades include an unprecedented 50 CMA nominations, including being named Entertainer of the Year twice and Male Vocalist of the Year three times.
Although he has been called a country purist, Strait doesn't really see himself that way. "I got classified early in my career as Mr. Traditional Country, [but] some of these songs were about as far away from really traditional country as they could be. I guess people have to label you some how. It doesn't bother me at all. I mean, I love that kind of music. It's just that I don't think that all my music is like that."
In 1981, it was a great song, "Unwound", an unabashed two-stepping, fiddle-heavy salute to country's roots and tradition, that put Strait on the charts. He left his foreman's job on a ranch in San Marcos, came to Nashville, and went into the studio to record the rest of the tracks for what would become his first album, appropriately titled, Strait Country.
A native of rural Pearsall, Texas, George Strait grew up helping his schoolteacher father on the 2000-acre family ranch, 40 miles southwest of Big Wells. After high school, he married his sweetheart, Norma, and enrolled in Southwest Texas State University to pursue an agricultural degree. A couple of semesters later, he signed up for a three-year hitch in the Army, and was shipped out to Hawaii, where he bought a cheap guitar, some old Hank Williams songbooks, and began teaching himself some songs. He eventually got a band together, entertaining the troops under the direction of the base's commanding officer.
After his Army time was up, Strait returned to San Marcos and went back to school. In 1975, he posted a notice on a campus bulletin board saying, "COUNTRY SINGER NEEDS BAND." Coincidentally, a band was looking for a singer, and they got together, becoming George Strait & the Ace in the Hole Band. Remarkably, most of the original members of that band are still with Strait.
Following the unprecedented success of "Unwound," Strait signed with MCA Nashville. In the ensuing 19 years, the partnership has resulted in 28 albums. Four of those have been Greatest Hits packages, three have been named CMA's Album of the Year, and 25 have been designated Platinum records.