For the past three and a half decades, no country music star has dominated the charts as consistently as the legendary George Strait. He is a one-off and his long list of achievements and accolades prove that. Strait’s five studio albums have reached the top of the Billboard 200 and thirty six records of his have at least gone gold in the United States. If that is not enough, he also has come out with more top ten records than any other artist since 1991.
George Strait is a legend in every sense of the word. He might have released his last album in 2015 but that still hasn’t dented his popularity or the allure of seeing him perform, live. That is why George Strait tickets are still among the hottest commodities in country music right now.
Early Life and Influences
George Strait cites names like Merle Haggard, Hank Williams, Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys, George Jones and the iconic Frank Sinatra as his biggest influences. About Sinatra, this is what Strait once said:
“Sinatra, in my opinion, is possibly the greatest male singer of all time.”
Born on May 18, 1952, George Strait grew up in Pearsall. His father was a school teacher but he also owned a massive ranch. The entire family used to work on the ranch over weekends and during the summer. He fell in love with music during his high school days and began to play in a rock and roll band. It was a time when The Beatles were the talk of the town and Strait used to listen to a lot of their music.
His love affair with country music began a few years later, and then Strait went on to join the US Army. During one of his postings, at the Schofield Barracks, he started to perform with “Rambling Country,” which was a band backed by the Army. He left the army in 1975 and got himself enrolled in college.
During his time as a college student, Strait went on to join “Stoney Ridge,” a country music group. He renamed the band “Ace in the Hole Band” and soon became its lead singer. The group began to perform in and around Texas and began to turn heads in the region. After a few years, his hard work paid off and Strait was offered a recording contract by MCA. Ace in the Hole was to perform as his backing band. The contract was for only one song though and if it did well, then Strait might be given an opportunity to work on an album.
He made the most of it.
Breakthrough and Recognition
He released Unwound, his first single and it went to the sixth spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs. Strait then went on to release his first studio album, titled “Strait Country” which hit the stores on September 4, 1981. The record went platinum in the US and received four stars out of five from AllMusic.
He followed that up by coming out with his next album, “Strait from the Heart” in the year 1982. The record was another commercial and critical success. It went to the eighteenth spot on the US Billboard Top Country Albums. It also had a song “Fool Hearted Memory,” which became Strait’s first ever number one hit. “Strait from the Heart” went platinum in the US.
Then, in 1983, he performed at the famous Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for the first time and has appeared at the event over twenty times now. Strait had momentum on his side now and he made the most of it by coming out with “Right or Wrong” in the year 1983. It turned out to be Strait’s first chart topping record as it went to the pinnacle of the US Billboard Top Country Albums chart. “Right or Wrong” was also certified platinum by the RIAA.
Notable Work and Album Releases
George Strait was the talk of the town now and Right or Wrong had opened the floodgates. Strait released another seven albums during the 1980s and each of those went to the top of the US Top Country Albums. “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind,” “Something Special,” “#7,” “If You Ain’t Lovin’ You Ain’t Livin,” “Beyond the Blue Neon and Livin’ It Up” all went platinum. Then there was the 1987 release, “Ocean Front Property” that was certified two times platinum in the US and gold in Canada.
George Strait began the 1990s with back-to-back platinum albums “Chill of an Early Fall” and “Holding My Own” in 1991 and 1992 respectively. The best was yet to come though. Strait came out with “Pure Country,” his first ever soundtrack record on September 16, 1992 and it became a rage. The album went six times platinum in the country and went to peak at the first spot on the US Billboard Top Country Albums and the Canadian RPM Country Albums. The album remains best-selling albums of Strait’s career.
George Strait has amassed over a whopping one hundred million in albums sales around the globe. He has to his credit, thirty eight gold albums, thirty three platinum records and a whopping thirteen of his records have been certified multi-platinum. He also has the distinction of having sixty of his singles make it to the number one spot, more than any other star in history. George Strait has already been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and the fact he is still active, makes him only the second musician after Eddy Arnold to achieve the feat. He has also won an incredible twenty two CMA Awards and a Grammy as well. He has won multiple Academy of Country Music Awards too.
George Strait Concert tickets
George Strait is semi-retired now and does not tour too often. That does not however mean that he has stopped performing live altogether. Strait is scheduled to play multiple shows for the rest of 2017 and all the way till June of 2018. Who knows he might just add more dates to the schedule. If you want to see the icon live in concert, then grab your George Strait tour tickets. It promises to be an experience you won’t forget.