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Strait, George

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Check Yes or No 
 
Which Side of the Glass 
 
The Big One 
 
Love Without End, Amen 
 
Go On 
 
Today My World Slipped Away 
 
I Can Still Make Cheyenne 
 
Adalida 
 
I Cross My Heart 
 
Ace in the Hole 
 
Baby's Gotten Good at Goodbye 
 
You Know Me Better Than That 
 
Let's Fall to Pieces Together 
 
Ocean Front Property 
 
It Ain't Cool to Be Crazy About You 
 
A Fire I Can't Put Out 
 
One Night at a Time 
 
You Can't Make a Heart Love Somebody 
 
Round About Way 
 
Baby Blue 
 
The Chair 
 
Stars On The Water 
 
Run 
 
The Road Less Traveled 
 
She'll Leave You With A Smile 
 
Write This Down 
 
Carrying Your Love with Me 
 
All My Ex's Live in Texas 
 
Living And Living Well 
 
I Cross My Heart 
 
Carrying Your Love with Me 
 
Love Without End, Amen 
 
Amarillo by Morning 
 
Heartland 
 
Don't Make Me Come Over there And Love You 
 
The Night's Just Right for Love 
 
You're Something Special To Me 
 
You Look So Good In Love 
 
You Look So Good in Love 
 
If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin') 
 
The Best Day 
 
If You Can Do Anything Else 
 
Fool Hearted Memory 
 
Am I Blue 
 
Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind 
 
The Fireman 
 

Всего песен: 46

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Out of all the new country singers to emerge in the early '80s, George Strait stayed the closest to traditional country. Drawing from both the honky tonk and Western swing traditions, Strait didn't refashion the genres; instead, he revitalized them for a new decade. In the process, he became one of the most popular and influential singers of the decade, sparking a wave of neo-traditionalist singers from Randy Travis and Dwight Yoakam to Clint Black, Garth Brooks, and Alan Jackson.

Strait was born and raised in Texas, the son of a junior high school teacher who also owned and operated a ranch that had been in the Strait family for nearly hundred years. When George was a child, his mother left the family, taking her daughter but leaving behind her sons with the father. During his childhood, he would spend his weekdays in town and his weekends on the ranch. Strait began playing music as a teenager, joining a rock & roll garage band.

After his high-school graduation in the late '60s, Strait enrolled in college but soon dropped out and eloped with his high-school sweetheart, Norma. In 1971, Strait enlisted in the Army; two years later, he was stationed Hawaii. While in Hawaii, he began playing country music, initially with an Army-sponsored country band called Rambling Country. They played several dates off the base under the name Santee. Strait left the Army in 1975, returning to Texas with the intent of completing his education. He enrolled in Southwest Texas State University at San Marcos, where he studied agriculture. While he was studying, he formed his own country band, Ace in the Hole.

Ace in the Hole made a few records for the independent Dallas-based label D in the late '70s, but they never went anywhere. Toward the end of the decade, Strait attempted to carve out a niche in Nashville, but he failed since he lacked any strong connections. In 1979, he became friends with Erv Woolsey, a Texas club owner who had formerly worked for MCA Records. Woolsey had several MCA executives come down to Texas to hear Strait. His performance convinced the company to sign him in 1980.

"Unwound," Strait's first single, was released in the spring of 1981 and climbed into the Top Ten. The follow-up, "Down and Out," stalled at 16, but "If You're Thinking You Want a Stranger (There's One Coming Home)" reached number three in early 1982. The song sparked a remarkable string of Top Ten hits that ran well into the '90s. During that time he had an astonishing 31 number one singles, beginning with 1982's "Fool Hearted Memory."

Throughout the '80s, he dominated the country singles charts, and his albums consistently went platinum or gold. Strait rarely abandoned hardcore honky tonk and Western swing -- toward the beginning of the '90s, his sound became a little slicker, but it was only a relative change. Strait was also one of the few '80s superstars to survive the generational shift of the early '90s that began with the phenomenal success of Brooks. In 1992, he made his first movie, Pure Country, which featured him in the lead role. Strait released a four-disc box set career retrospective, Strait Out of the Box, in 1995. By the spring of 1996, it had become one of the five biggest-selling box sets in popular music history. Blue Clear Sky, his 1996 album, debuted on the country charts at number one and the pop charts at number seven. In 1997, he released Carrying Your Love With Me, following it with One Step at a Time in 1998. Always Never the Same appeared a year later, as did the seasonal effort Merry Christmas Wherever You Are. The simply titled George Strait, featuring the hit single "Go On," hit the shelves in late 2000. Did Strait slow down? Nay. 2001 saw the release of The Road Less Traveled, which qualified as an experimental album of sorts for the veteran performer. While it didn't stray very far from his new traditionalist country sound, Road did include a foray into vocal processing that was about as country as a pair of Stiletto-healed cowboy boots. But the experimentation was welcome, for it revealed that Strait was still hungry, even after millions upon millions of records sold. Strait issued two projects in 2003. For the Last Time: Live From the Astrodome chronicled his headlining set at the last Houston Livestock and Rodeo ever held in the big Texas dome, while Honkeytonkville was a fiery set of hard country, lauded by critics for its mixture of the old Strait with his modern, superstar self. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide

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