It’s tough to imagine country music without George Strait. The handsome cowboy rose to King of Country status in the ’80s when burst onto the music scene taking seven of his first nine albums to the top of the country charts.
By the end of his first decade in the business, Strait had gained a massive fan following that can be credited to his charming personality, immense talent, and love for traditional country music. King George has been credited with influencing many of today’s biggest stars.
In a rarely seen interview from 1982 filmed prior to a Sun Valley concert, we get a glimpse of a baby-faced George Strait who is enjoying the early successes of his career. In the clip, Strait shares how he got started singing country music.
“Well, I was in the service and I just for some reason got it in me that I could sing. I thought that I could possibly make a career out of singing. So, I went and bought a guitar. I was in the Army at the time, I was stationed in Hawaii,” Strait said. “I started learning songs, and I learned enough where I could get a band together. The last year I was in the service, that’s what I did for the Army…I sang country music.”
We don’t know about you, but we’re awfully glad that George Strait bought that first guitar and that the Army allowed him the opportunity to sing!
Check out one of George Strait’s earliest recorded interviews in the video below.
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