39 Years Ago: George Strait’s “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” Goes #1

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“Does Forth Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” Was One Of George Strait’s Earliest Chart-Topping Hits

George Strait’s career was still in its early stages in 1984. But by then he already had three number one singles.

Strait had three more number ones by the start of 1985. One of those singles, “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” hit the number one spot on January 5, 1985, after a four-month climb to that point.

The song served as the first single and title track for Strait’s album of the same name.

The cover art for George Strait's "Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind"
The cover art for George Strait’s album “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind,” which contained his #1 single of the same title. Photo Credit: MCA / Fair Use

Sanger D. “Whitey” Shafer and Darlene Shafer wrote “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind.” The song tells the story of a man who fondly remembers a former love. Even though his lover has moved on with another guy in Dallas, he still wonders if she thinks about him.

On top of reaching the #1 spot on the Hot Country Songs chart in the U.S., “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” reached the 10th spot on the Canadian Country chart.

Other Artists Covered “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” In The Years That Followed

Due to the success of the single and the ones that followed, Strait later went on to win both the CMA and ACM Awards for Album of The Year for Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind.

Many other artists have performed their own covers of the song, including LeAnn Rimes. Keith Whitley even recorded a version of the song and released it as a non-album track.

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Of course, no rendition beats the one from “The King of Country” himself. You can watch Strait perform his hit single “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind” in the video below.

Do you remember when the song first hit it big in 1985?

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