He’s the “King of Country Music,’ but how well do you know George Strait? We scoured the web and put together 10 things you never knew about this Country Music icon.
1. George Strait started off his singing career in a rock ‘n roll garage band inspired by The Beatles.
2. After enlisting in the United States Army, Strait performed with the Army sponsored band “Rambling Country.”
3. He graduated with a degree in agriculture from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.
4. Strait is third only to Elvis Presley and The Beatles with the most gold and platinum albums in the history of music.
5. He won his first Grammy in 2009, nearly 28 years into his music career for Country Album of the Year: Troubadour.
6. Along with his son, he is a member of the PRCA and partners in team roping competitions
7. May 18, Strait’s birthday, is known as “George Strait Day” in Texas.
8. In more than 30 years of recording, all have been spent with MCA Records.
9. He is the only artist to ever win the entertainer of the year in three different decades and also was the oldest winner.
10. Although extremely successful, George’s cover of “Amarillo By Morning” only peaked at #4 on the Billboard Country Charts.