George Strait

About George Strait

There’s a reason they call George Strait the “King of Country Music.” No other artist has achieved the career longevity and chart success the Texas-born superstar has enjoyed over the last four decades. He’s influenced just about every new act to ink a record deal, and the Country Music Hall of Fame member has set a standard of musical excellence that others aspire to replicate.

Born on May 18, 1952, in Poteet, Texas, George grew up in nearby Pearsall working on his family’s ranch. He never lost his love for that lifestyle, and even after becoming one of country music’s most successful artists, George never moved to Nashville. Instead, he remained in the Lone Star State relishing the cowboy life. An accomplished team roper for many years, Strait and his brother launched the George Strait Team Roping Classic back in 1983, and it continues to be a successful event.

Beside his family and his horses, music has always been the other big love in George’s life. He began playing in a rock band in high school, but country music was his true calling. He joined the U.S. Army and, while stationed in Hawaii, began performing in the Army-sponsored band Ramblin’ Country. After his stint in the military, he went back to his home state and enrolled at Southwest Texas State University. While pursuing his degree in agriculture, George continued performing with a local group that evolved into his famed Ace in the Hole Band.

After developing a strong reputation around Texas, George signed a deal with MCA Records Nashville. In the spring of 1981, his debut single, “Unwound,” hit country radio like a bull busting out of the chute, and the airwaves were soon saturated with George’s now familiar baritone. The song peaked at No. 6, a respectable feat for a newcomer in those days, and George’s career was on its way. His lengthy list of hits includes such classics as “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind,” “Amarillo By Morning,” “The Chair,” “The Fireman,” “Ocean Front Property,” “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” “Love Without End, Amen,” “Check Yes or No,” “Give It Away,” “I Saw God Today” and so many more. In 2009, he made history when he surpassed Conway Twitty’s record of 40 No. 1 singles on the “Billboard” country chart.

Today, George has sold more than 100 million records and amassed numerous awards and accolades, including being named the Academy of Country Music’s Artist of the Decade in the 2000s and winning three Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year titles, and two from the ACM. He’s also made forays into acting, most notably starring as Dusty Chandler in the 1992 film “Pure Country.”

In September 2012, fans were saddened when George announced he was retiring from the road after his “The Cowboy Rides Away” tour. That tour concluded in Arlington, Texas, in June 2014, attracting 104,793 fans and becoming the largest ticketed attendance at a single-show concert in the United States. Since then, the performing bug has persisted and George has entertained fans during a residency in Las Vegas.

These days George is still recording, ranching and spending time with his family. He and his lovely wife, Norma, eloped in 1971 and have maintained one of the music industry’s strongest marriages, even through the loss of a daughter in 1986. They enjoy doting on their adorable grandson, named George H. Strait III, after his famous grandfather and his father, who goes by the nickname Bubba.

Watch George Strait return to Las Vegas Performances Watch George Strait return to Las Vegas , Rare Country Contributor 10:41pm, February 7
This cover of George Strait’s “The Chair” will blow you away Performances This cover of George Strait’s “The Chair” will blow you away , 5:39pm, December 29
A “Hee Haw” favorite and Grand Ole Opry mainstay has passed away News A “Hee Haw” favorite and Grand Ole Opry mainstay has passed away , Senior Country Correspondent 3:25pm, December 11
George Strait’s generous work for his home state has earned him an outstanding honor News George Strait’s generous work for his home state has earned him an outstanding honor , Rare Country Contributor 12:15pm, December 5
Watch this precious George Strait imposter get his “Pure Country” on Performances Watch this precious George Strait imposter get his “Pure Country” on , Rare Country Contributor 12:06am, November 29
You can live like The King in this property owned by George Strait News You can live like The King in this property owned by George Strait , Rare Country Contributor 1:09am, November 15
Months after Hurricane Harvey, George Strait experiences a devastating loss News Months after Hurricane Harvey, George Strait experiences a devastating loss , Rare Country Contributor 5:51pm, November 5
George Strait honors his pal Alan Jackson with this tender tribute performance Features George Strait honors his pal Alan Jackson with this tender tribute performance , Senior Country Correspondent 6:33pm, October 23
Tim McGraw goes old school for this backstage George Strait country cover Performances Tim McGraw goes old school for this backstage George Strait country cover , Rare Country Contributor 6:56pm, October 19
George Strait makes an important visit to hurricane victims in Texas  News George Strait makes an important visit to hurricane victims in Texas  10:27pm, September 26
George Strait and Chris Stapleton resurrect a fan favorite with this collaboration Performances George Strait and Chris Stapleton resurrect a fan favorite with this collaboration , Rare Country Contributor 12:05am, September 20
Looks like George Strait has been hiding something under that old cowboy hat News Looks like George Strait has been hiding something under that old cowboy hat , Rare Country Contributor 9:07pm, September 14
George Strait brings love to hurricane victims with this all-star performance Performances George Strait brings love to hurricane victims with this all-star performance , Rare Country Contributor 2:32am, September 13
Alan Jackson puts his own spin on one of George Strait’s most-loved hits Performances Alan Jackson puts his own spin on one of George Strait’s most-loved hits , Senior Country Correspondent 5:32pm, September 8
Here’s your first look at Chris Stapleton’s spine-tingling George Strait tribute Features Here’s your first look at Chris Stapleton’s spine-tingling George Strait tribute , Senior Country Correspondent 7:14pm, September 7
George Strait opens up about his need to help those suffering in Texas  News George Strait opens up about his need to help those suffering in Texas  , Rare Country Contributor 4:13pm, September 7
Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton are joining George Strait for a once-in-a-lifetime event News Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton are joining George Strait for a once-in-a-lifetime event , Senior Country Correspondent 2:41pm, September 6
A legendary country singer reflects on his flooded home city of Houston  News A legendary country singer reflects on his flooded home city of Houston  , Rare Country Contributor 5:38pm, August 30
Watch George Strait return to Las Vegas Performances Watch George Strait return to Las Vegas , Rare Country Contributor 10:41pm, February 7
Country legend George Strait once again proves that he has a heart as big as Texas News Country legend George Strait once again proves that he has a heart as big as Texas , Rare Contributor 9:32am, January 22
Watch this precious George Strait imposter get his “Pure Country” on Performances Watch this precious George Strait imposter get his “Pure Country” on , Rare Country Contributor 12:06am, November 29
A “Hee Haw” favorite and Grand Ole Opry mainstay has passed away News A “Hee Haw” favorite and Grand Ole Opry mainstay has passed away , Senior Country Correspondent 3:25pm, December 11
Watch George Strait and Alan Jackson pay tribute to George Jones with this heart-wrenching performance News Watch George Strait and Alan Jackson pay tribute to George Jones with this heart-wrenching performance , Rare Contributor 6:42pm, July 30
Tim McGraw goes old school for this backstage George Strait country cover Performances Tim McGraw goes old school for this backstage George Strait country cover , Rare Country Contributor 6:56pm, October 19
Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton are joining George Strait for a once-in-a-lifetime event News Miranda Lambert and Chris Stapleton are joining George Strait for a once-in-a-lifetime event , Senior Country Correspondent 2:41pm, September 6
You can live like The King in this property owned by George Strait News You can live like The King in this property owned by George Strait , Rare Country Contributor 1:09am, November 15
Listening to Miranda Lambert sing with George Strait is a performance you are sure to treasure News Listening to Miranda Lambert sing with George Strait is a performance you are sure to treasure , Senior Country Correspondent 3:52pm, July 22
This cover of George Strait’s “The Chair” will blow you away Performances This cover of George Strait’s “The Chair” will blow you away , 5:39pm, December 29
George Strait honors his pal Alan Jackson with this tender tribute performance Features George Strait honors his pal Alan Jackson with this tender tribute performance , Senior Country Correspondent 6:33pm, October 23
Looks like George Strait has been hiding something under that old cowboy hat News Looks like George Strait has been hiding something under that old cowboy hat , Rare Country Contributor 9:07pm, September 14
George Strait welcomes another new baby to the ranch News George Strait welcomes another new baby to the ranch , Rare Country Contributor 12:39pm, October 3
George Strait comes to the aid of his home state News George Strait comes to the aid of his home state , Rare Country Contributor 6:57am, August 30
The man who gave us so many ’90s country hits has died News The man who gave us so many ’90s country hits has died , Senior Country Correspondent 1:37pm, July 13
George Strait recalls the sweet times he spent with his hero, Merle Haggard News George Strait recalls the sweet times he spent with his hero, Merle Haggard , Senior Country Correspondent 4:09pm, January 6
Rare Country's 5 discusses the highest-selling country acts ever News Rare Country's 5 discusses the highest-selling country acts ever , Rare Country Contributor 12:38pm, April 27
Country music’s newest prince takes on a cover by the king Performances Country music’s newest prince takes on a cover by the king , Rare Country Contributor 6:21pm, July 25