George Strait was born on May 18, 1952, in Poteet, TX. Strait actually began his life in music as a rocker, playing in a rock band during high school, but later switched genres to country. Strait’s transition to country came during his time in the Army country band, Rambling Country. In 1975, while attending Southwest Texas State University, Strait was accepted as lead singer into the Ace in the Hole Band. Today, Ace in the Hole acts as the back-up band for Strait.
In 1979, Strait’s friend Erv Woolsey, the owner of a bar where Ace in the Hole played, invited several MCA record executives to hear George Strait play. That performance convinced MCA to sign Strait in 1980. George Strait’s first single, “Unwound,” was released in the spring of 1981 and climbed into the top ten. “Unwound” was followed by a whole string of Number One hits, including 1983’s “A Fire I Can’t Put Out,” 1984’s “You Look So Good in Love,” 1987’s “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” 1991’s “You Know Me Better Than That,” 1993’s “Easy Come, Easy Go,” 2002’s “She’ll Leave You With a Smile,” 2006’s “It Just Comes Natural” and many others. In all, there have been over four dozen number one George Strait singles.
Strait has produced 13 multi-platinum, 19 platinum and 5 gold albums, making him one of few artists to have so many records certified as such. He is bested only by Elvis Presley and The Beatles. Strait has cited influences from a vast array of country icons, such as Merle Haggard, George Jones, Bob Wills, and Hank Williams. Yet, George Strait himself is known for his own influence in music, contributing to the styles of artists such as Garth Brooks.
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