The New Yorker recently published an article called George Strait’s Long Ride where they covered everything you would want to know about the King of Country music. The article is absolutely worth the read and we highly recommend you check it out.
It is very in-depth so we suggest carving out a good amount of time to get through it all. We read it over and decided to post the most interesting facts about George Strait we gleamed from the fantastic article. Check them out below!
1. When Strait isn’t wearing his cowboy hat, he often goes unrecognized in public.
A woman in Key West walked up to a shirtless Strait as he sat outside of a recording studio and spoke to him. She said, “My husband says that George Strait is in there, cutting a record, and I told him that can’t be true. Why would he cut a record in this little place?”
Strait said to the woman: “Honey, I was just in there, and I didn’t see him.”
2. George Strait records in a tiny studio in Key West owned by Jimmy Buffet.
3. George Strait has had eighty-six singles on Billboard’s Top 10 country chart, and more than half of them have gone to No. 1.
4. George Strait prefers to not tell his own story in his songs.
“I don’t think there’s anything autobiographical about my material, unless it’s subconsciously,” Strait said. “I just look for a song I like, and when I hear it I know it right away.”
5. George Strait’s 13-year-old daughter passed away in a car accident in 1986.
“I just kind of shut down,” he says. “I just didn’t feel like talking about it, so I quit doing interviews.” In 1988, he released a sad song called “Baby Blue” which was dedicated to his daughter.
6. When Strait plays in Las Vegas he flies in on a plane he owns and stays at “The Mansion”, a semi private hotel hidden next to the MGM Grand.
7. When Strait started out he was seen as a sex-symbol and used to have to donate all the flowers that women gave him to local hospitals because he had no room for them on his tour bus.
8. “Unwound” was originally pitched to Johnny Paycheck, before George Strait decided to record it.
“He was in jail, so they gave it to me” Strait recalls.
9. Strait started the George Strait Team Roping Classic in 1982 which he judges every year. It is the only event Strait makes a yearly appearance at, usually arriving on horseback.
10. Since 1981, Strait has been recording for the same label, MCA Nashville, outlasting virtually all the executives and fellow artists.
There you have it! Check out a classic song from George Strait below!