Born in Texas in , country singer George Strait began performing in a band while serving in the U. He landed a recording contract in the s with MCA records and produced numerous hit albums throughout the next three decades. Known for staying true to traditional country sound, he has won multiple awards and has the biggest-selling boxed set in country music history. Strait is one of country music's most popular contemporary singers, well known for staying true to the traditional country sound.
One time, in Key West, where he records, he was sitting outside the studio, naked from the neck up, when a woman accosted him. Why would he cut a record in this little place? He is, by some measures, the most popular country-music singer of all time and, by any measure, the most consistent. On a Friday night earlier this year, at T-Mobile Arena, a few paces from the Las Vegas Strip, nearly twenty thousand fans came together to hear Strait make his way through more than thirty of his biggest hits—a fraction of the total. Strait prefers to give his audience as few distractions as possible: he likes to play on a stage in the center of the arena floor, with four microphones arranged like compass points; every two songs, he moves, counterclockwise, to the next microphone, so that people in each quadrant of the crowd can feel as if he were singing just to them. Because he was playing in the round, there was no backdrop, and nothing in the way of pyrotechnics, with the important exception of that smile. His onstage outfit, which has barely changed in forty years, includes, along with the cowboy hat and cowboy boots, a button-down shirt and bluejeans, ironed stiff enough to form an exoskeleton. A promotional contract obliges him to wear Wrangler jeans, and decades of ranching and roping inclines him to wear them stacked—that is, long and bunched up, so that he could, if necessary, mount a horse without fear of exposing any extra boot. He adores the rough-hewn music and iconography of his native Texas, but he has never been too cool to sing sweeter, softer songs about suburban love gone right. He is a traditionalist, but not a revivalist: instead of evoking a bygone past, he prefers to evoke a familiar, unchanging present.
George Harvey Strait Sr. George Strait is known as the " King of Country "  and is considered one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. Strait's success began when his first single " Unwound " was a hit in During the s, seven of his albums reached number one on the country charts. By , he broke Conway Twitty 's previous record for the most number-one hits on Billboard ' s Hot Country Songs chart when his 44 number one singles surpassed Twitty's Strait is also known for his touring career when he designed a degree configuration and introduced festival style tours. Strait has sold more than million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. George and his brother John Jr. Strait began his musical interest while attending Pearsall High School, where he played in a rock and roll garage band.
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