A slew of country greats came together to give tribute to one of George Strait’s many chart-toppers YouTube

The actual definition of the word “troubadour” is a poet who writes verse to music.

By the time George Strait released his album “Troubadour” on April 1, 2008, he had already had a long and storied career. Yet even having sold more than 50 million albums and charting 42 No. 1 songs by that time, George was still hungry.

There were still things he wanted to do.

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The then 56 year-old Strait not only put together what many consider one of the best albums of his career, but he also made one that was able to accomplish things he had never done before.

For starters, the lead single, “I Saw God Today.” became the highest debuting single of Strait’s career, starting its chart run at No. 19. Like most of Strait’s songs, it didn’t stop until it hit the top of the chart, becoming his 43rd Billboard chart-topper. The difference here was this time he set the record for most No. 1 singles.

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The crowning moment came when the album itself won the Grammy for Best Country Album. It’s hard to believe, but amazingly that was the first Grammy Award Strait had ever won.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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