On April 25, 1988, George Strait released the emotional song "Baby Blue" as the second single off of his album If You Ain't Lovin', You Ain't Livin'. Although it has never been officially confirmed, many believe the song is about a tragic moment in George's own life...the loss of his daughter, Jenifer.
Jenifer was the oldest child of George and his wife, Norma, who are also parents to a son, whom they call "Bubba." In 1986, the family was shaken by tragedy when 13-year-old Jenifer was killed in a car accident. Jenifer, who was sitting in the front passenger's seat, was partially ejected when the car flipped over. She was killed upon impact, and George's life was forever changed.
For several years, George tried to stay away from the media and stopped doing interviews because he was too heartbroken to talk about Jenifer's death. But that didn't stop him from discussing his feelings in song, particularly "Baby Blue."
Although "Baby Blue" was not written by George himself, it seems it was written specifically with him in mind. The song's narrator speaks about a beautiful girl with baby blue eyes, just like Jenifer's own baby blues.
In the chorus, the narrator mourns the loss of blue-eyed girl, singing, "And baby blue was the color of her eyes./Baby blue like the Colorado skies./Like a breath of spring, she came and left,/And I still don't know why."
The emotional song was a major chart success, and claimed the top spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart following its release.
Besides "Baby Blue," George made sure Jenifer continued to live on through the creation of a charity in her name, called the Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation, which donates money to San Antonio children's charities to this day.
Listen to George sing his heartbreaking song "Blue Eyes" below, along with a photo slideshow with pictures of Jenifer.
We can't even begin to imagine the painful effect Jenifer's death has had on George. May she rest in peace.
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