George Strait aka the “King of Country” is one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. The 64-year-old Texan is loved for cowboy exterior, his traditional country music style, and humble demeanor. During the span of his fruitful career, he has sold more than 100 million records globally, making him the twelfth best-selling recording artist in the United States.
Enjoy more George Strait facts below!
1) Besides playing guitar, George is also one heck of a piano player.
2) He’s a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, but surprisingly enough— he’s not a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
4) In the late 1970’s, Strait tried to establish himself as an artist in Nashville, but failed since he lacked connections in Music City.
5) Rap artist Drake referenced Strait in his 2012 hit “HYFR,” which features the line “all my exes live in Texas like I’m George Strait.”
6) The ranch he was raised on in Pearsall, Texas, had been in the Strait family for over 100 years.
7) His hobbies include hunting, steer-roping, golfing, and skiing.
8) George Strait stands 5’10” and weighs 160 lbs.
9) You can spot George playing a honky tonk country singer in the 1982 film ‘The Soldier.’
10) The country music icon ranks behind only The Beatles and Elvis Presley as having the most hit #1 albums.
11) He voiced a cartoon trucker named “Cornell” in an episode of “King of the Hill” in 2003.
12) The singer-songwriter has a line of western shirts and jeans by Wrangler, cowboy hats by Resistol, and cowboy boots by Justin.
13) George is a spokesman for Cavender Chevrolet, a dealership in Boerne, Texas.
14) He has been signed to MCA Records for his entire recording career.
15) In 1994, Strait recorded “Fly Me to the Moon” as a duet with Frank Sinatra.
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