George Strait is known as the King of Country, and justifiably so. But throughout his rise to country super-stardom, he's had a lot of really unique experiences. Read on to find out 21 facts betcha didn't know about George Strait!
- George eloped his high school sweetheart, Norma in Mexico on December 4, 1971.
- Shortly after eloping, he enlisted in the Army.
- In 1992, George played the main character in a film called Pure Country. He also released the film's soundtrack, which is his most successful album.
- When George was stationed in Hawaii, he got his start playing music with the Army-sponsored band Rambling Country.
- Rambling Country would often play off-base, and when they did they were known as Santee.
- After being honorably discharged, George received a degree in agriculture from Southwest Texas State University.
- Upon completing college, George started a country group in Texas known as Ace in the Hole, who played their first show in 1975.
- Ace in the Hole's first tour van was recently put on display in San Marcos, TX, where George played his first show with the group.
- Merle Haggard is one of George's biggest influences.
- George was in a male/female country group known as Country Kings.
- Country Kings fired George after a gig, stating that he 'wasn't country enough', and that his heart wasn't really in country music. Well, I think it's safe to say he showed them!
- His first solo contract was with MCA Records in 1981.
- George has earned 60 number 1 hits, which is unprecedented in country music history.
- In 1996, George wrote a song 'Blue Clear Sky' inspired by a line from Forrest Gump.
Harvey is the name of George Strait's grandson.
- On George's final tour in 2013, he was joined on a portion of it by his former 11-member band Ace in the Hole.
- His final show in Arlington, TX was in front of 104,793 fans, making it the largest attendance at a single-show concert in the US.
- Norma and George have a son, George Strait, Jr... but they call him Bubba.
- George had a daughter who was sadly killed in an auto accident in 1986. She was just 13 years old.
- George is an avid NBA watcher, and is regularly seen sitting court side at San Antonio Spurs games.
- George is a pilot and owns his own jet.
So you can probably see now why George is the ultimate King of Country, right? Thought so.
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