Strait rocketed to success after his fourth single "Unwound" gave him his first hit in 1981. While contributing to the neo-traditional movement of the 1980s, he amassed seven number one albums in the decade with his most popular hits including "Fool Hearted Memory" and "Ocean FrontProperty". By the 1990s, Strait had influenced a new breed of performers while continuing his own successes, having charted upwards of 20 number one hits including "Heartland" and "Blue Clear Sky". The next decade for which he was named Artist Of The Decade by the ACM, he was elected into the Country Music Hall of Fame and won his first Grammy award for his hit album Troubadour. Strait continued hisprevious successes during this time, producing a more contemporary sound with moderate cross-over hits including "She'll Leave You with a Smile" and "You'll Be There".
Strait won CMA Entertainer of the year in 1989 and 1990 and ACM Entertainer of the year in 1990. He has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards and has more wins in both categories than any other artist. As of 2009, he holds therecord for the most Number One hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts with 44 number one singles on that chart. Counting all other music charts, Strait has amassed a total of 57 number one hits overall, breaking a record previously set by Conway Twitty.
Strait has sold more than 68.5 million albums in the United States and his certifications from the RIAA include 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinumand 38 gold albums. His best-selling album is Pure Country (1992), which sold 6 million (6× Multi-platinum). His highest certified album is Strait Out of the Box (1995), which sold 2 million copies (8× Multi-Platinum due to being a box set with four CDs). According to the RIAA, Strait is the 12th best-selling recording artist with the albums in the United States overall.
Contents[hide] * 1Early life * 2 Music career * 2.1 1980s * 2.2 2000 – present: Career today * 3 Personal life * 4 Discography * 4.1 Main albums * 5 Filmography * 6 Awards * 7 See also * 8 Notes * 9 References * 10 Further reading * 11 External links |
 Early life
Strait was born in Poteet, Texas, just south of San Antonio, and grew up in the nearby town ofPearsall. His father, John Byron Strait, was a junior high school mathematics teacher, who owned a 2,000 acre (8 km²) cattle ranch outside of Big Wells, Texas. The family would work at the farm on the weekends and in the summers. Strait's mother, Doris Couser Strait, left with George Strait's sister Pency when he was in third grade, leaving him and his brother John Jr. to be raised by theirfather.
Strait began his musical interest while attending Pearsall High School, playing in a rock and roll garage band. His musical preference soon turned to country with singers Hank Thompson, Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Bob Wills, Hank Williams and Frank Sinatra influencing his style. Strait didn't tune to the country music radio often as a youth, usually listening to the news andthe farmer's report. His introduction to country music came mostly by way of live performances, which, according to Strait, could be heard in every town in Texas. He eloped with his high school sweetheart, Norma. The couple initially married in Mexico on December 4, 1971 but repeated their vows in a church in Texas a few weeks later. In 1971, Strait enlisted in the US Army....