George Strait Biography
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BORN: May 18, 1952, Pearsall, TX
The Fourth Annual George Strait Country Music Festival ended its four month run in two final shows in Texas. The San Antonio show, as well as the Dallas show, were missing numerous fans (as in thousands) due to horrific weather in Southeast Texas. Parts of Houston experienced fourteen feet of water in thousands of homes. The two interstate freeways leading to San Antonio and Dallas, out of Houston, were blocked off with high water and debris.
But tour officials expect this year's revenues to be slightly above last year's revenues of ten million dollars. The tour had kicked off in Tampa, Florida on March 24th. During that show, sunny skies and warm weather made the event seem like a Spring-breakout party. Fans were already excited for days and without a doubt, some even staked out their vantage points for the concert early on. In its previous three years, the tour has been one of the top grossing concerts in the music biz, playing to almost 2.5 million people and garnering just over 29 million dollars in sales. The average audience iaveraged 45,000 people, larger than many cities. During the show's run for the past three years, it has garnered almost $100,000,000.
To bring in the fans, the tour had managed to feature some of the top performers in the country music industry. This year, superstar Alan Jackson, multi-platinum group Lonestar, Grammy Award winning Lee Ann Womack, CMA Award winner Brad Paisley, 8-time Grammy Winner Asleep at the Wheel, and the award winning Sara Evans were part of the stunning line up of performers.
Bruce Hinton, the head of MCA Records, said "George is an icon in our business and his festival stadium shows have become the annual event for country music. The fans know they are guaranteed fabulous music, and a quality experience when it's a George Strait event."
That's almost an understatement. The fans know all that and more. Not only do they throng to the concert, they also attend the almost fair atmosphere of the areas immediately surrounding each concert site. Dubbed "Straitland" by fans, it's a family oriented area where fans can meet, mingle, and have fun before and after the concert. Because of this type of fair atmosphere, it is a draw almost as popular as the performers.
The schedule for the tour, and its sixteen stops, is as follows:
Tampa, Florida on March 24th at the James Stadium. On March 25th the tour heads to Miami, Florida at the Pro Player Stadium. On March 31st it goes to Phoenix Arizona at the Sun Devil Stadium. April 1st lands it in Las Vegas, Nevada at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. April 7th it moves on to New Orleans, Louisiana at the Superdome. April 8th the tour moves to Little Rock, Arkansas at the War Memorial Stadium. On April 21st it's at Columbia, South Carolina at the Williams Brice Stadium. April 22nd has it at Atlanta, Georgia at the Turner Field. On May 12th it's at Kansas City, Missouri at the TWA Dome. On May 19th it moves on to Milwaukee, Wisconsin at the Miller Park. On May 20th it's at Minneapolis, MN at the Metrodome. On May 26th it goes on to Joliet, IL at the Route 66 Raceway. May 27th has it at Louisville, Kentucky at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium. On June 9th, George is back in Texas in San Antonio at the Alamodome. On June 10th they go off to Dallas at the Texas Stadium in Irvine.
Please note all ticket sales are to be announced, so please keep in touch here or with your ticket agent or at www.georgestrait.com for more details.
As a matter of fact, here's more info on George so that you can get even more familiar with him in case he singles you out in the audience with one of his quips:
With his newest release of George Strait, it seems hard to imagine that George Strait's first hit was twenty years ago with the single, "Unwound" back in 1981. Since then, George has been laying down the law as far as the definition of country music goes. And he has a trophy room full of awards to prove it. According to Billboard Magazine, George is the most played country music artist of all time, and is the second most played artist on all charts next to Mariah Carey. His previous biggest claim to fame is with his album Ocean Front Property, which made music history in being the only album ever to debut at the number one spot. As a matter of fact, every single one of his albums have either gone gold, platinum or multiplatinum in sales, and he has had 24 of them.
George was born on May 18, 1952 in Pearsall, Texas. He served in the military for a while in Hawaii, married his wife, Norma, there at the age of 20, and formed a band while in the military. He originally played for his military buddies and in clubs, and later after his discharge he began playing in clubs in and around Texas and the Southwest. He eventually received an agriculture degree in college. Scouts for MCA records discovered him while he was performing in Texas, and the rest is history. He is still loyal to MCA and MCA is still loyal to him.
George Strait is a very private person. He lives on his extensive working ranch in south central Texas with his wife and son, George Jr., also known an "Bubba". In 1999 MCA record executives gave him a full blooded Australian Blueheeler herding dog, and George named him Banderra. This gift replaced a previous dog that George owned, but lost, in a well publicized dog search. The dog was never located.
He does give interviews occasionally, but these are arranged well in advance. One possible oversight about his career is that he has not been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame as have many other Texas country music stars.
The George Strait Country Music Tour, which has been an annual event for the past several years, is the biggest selling concert in country music. His consistent style, concentrated in classic country music, is probably the main reason he remains at the top of the helm in country.
His Latest Greatest Straitest Hits, documents Strait's hold on the top of the country scene. Even though he rarely gives interviews, he holds that claim with tenacity, reassuring his fans from year to year with releases of box sets and singles. "The Best Day" seems to be the best of the lead in singles, as do of course all the previous released singles such as "Adalida," "Blue Clear Sky," "You Can't Make A Heart Love Somebody," "True," "and of course "Round About Way."
The fifteen hit cd is certain to go the same way as Out of the Box. It sold off the shelves in its very first day.
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ERROR | Reviewer: bob jones | 2/27/13
In the 12th paragraph it says, 2nd sentence, "He lives on his extensive working ranch in south central Texas with his wife and son, George Jr., also known an "Bubba." It says also known AN Bubba. The error is that is needs to be know AS Bubba ( not capitalized, it is only capitalized in my paragraph so it can be emphasised).
my favorite person to have dinner with | Reviewer: myra | 7/18/12
If I were asked "Out of all the people in the world, whom would you have dinner with?" and I would say "George Strait" I looked forward to more movies from him. He is my favorite country singer. I grew up in east texas during the 40s and country was big, but i was into Frank, Bing, etc etc but as I hav neared 80 years of age, I enjoy country music from my youth.
You are the best | Reviewer: Marina Smalberger | 9/19/11
Dear George, I have seen the movie "Pure Country" twice and enjoyed the music a lot. I live in Stellenbosch, South Africa and our culture also love Country Music in both our languages (English & Afrikaans). It sounds great in both languages. You have a fantastic country voice and the movie was great too. One of our biggest Country singers will go to Nashville this year or next year to do a few songs there - his name is Ray Dylan and the other are the 2 brothers The Campbells. Good luck with your music career, I think you are great! Regards Marina (South Africa)
I LOVE YOU! | Reviewer: Ceece | 9/14/10
omg george i love you so much u r my hero, i came and saw you 9-10-2010 in lexington kentucky and as soon as u came out i started crying. i know that may be a little werid but i love you, i guess the reason i cried was because i said i wanted to see you before i died and i got do, and now all i want is to talk to you. The next time you are close to kentucky, im going to buy a vip ticket so i talk to you! im ur biggest fan you dont even know. and gosh that night in kentucky, u put on the best show not just by what you did but also those good looks of yours.
love ceece latisha
The Best Ever. | Reviewer: Jerry Trumbore | 4/2/10
Hey George, I just want you to know that in my opinion you are the best singer ever and I've listened to everybody since Bing Crosby and I'm really dating myself now but I haven't listened to anybodys records as much as I listen to yours since I was a big Sinatra fan back in the late fifties, early sixties and I definitely listen to yours much more. All of your records should be numer one and they are in my book. Hope you keep singing forever. By the way my oldest daughters name is Jennifer Lynne. Breaks my heart when ever I read about your daughter.Kids should not die before their parents but thats not up to us. I know you will always keep on singing forever because you love it so much.
You Are The Best Country Music Singer in the world!!! | Reviewer: Marah Nelson | 11/24/09
Oh my gosh i have loved your music every since i was a little girl. It was what i was raised on in a little town of North Carolina. My daddy and me always listened to you every second of the day. I am speaking for me and him both, we cherish all of your music it is so great. I have always said that I was going to marry George Strait when I was little. I have been to lots of your concerts. Thanks for all the beautiful songs you write. Thanks for all you do with country music and i wish you well.
Love Marah Beth Nelson!
You are the best! | Reviewer: Carmen Pena | 5/28/09
George I wish you only the best because you are
a very unique man, not only do you sing beautiful
but you can tell you have a Heart of Gold! May God keep blessing you and your family and thank you for the beautiful songs you write.
Additional Information | Reviewer: Kevin McCarthy | 4/28/09
I believe something that makes George Strait's music so soulful as compared to many of the other "commercial" artists, is the loss of his daughter Jenifer in 1986 to a vehicle accident. The author of this biography may have chosen not to include this detail of George's life out of respect, but it is relevant in my opinion to the sheer depth of feeling his music projects. George, you are as real as they get. Thank you.
Best Ever | Reviewer: Kathy | 2/24/09
Just a little note to say Thank You for all of the best music ever, every song is one of the greatest. When I was growing up everyone would have rock, heavy metal cranking on thier radios in the cars, not me almost always George. Always country music, I still like the "twangy" music. It is what I was raised on. Every weekend when people our age was out raising cane in the bars and carrying on I was always at a square dance at someone's home, we would always take turns at different one homes for the party. I can remember when we got the piano at our house for the parties. Lot of fun and lots of memories. Always George everyday.. Thanks again
AWSOME | Reviewer: mariah | 12/25/08
I think that george strait is very good with country and also my brother jacobs girlfriend her moms boyfriend sings country his name is chet and has a cd not in stores and he only gave it to us and hopes to be a famous country singer so you inspire me and him and every other country person. george strait keep on singing country
YOU ROCK KEEP GOING DONT STOP!
you are the best!!!! | Reviewer: amanda | 11/28/08
George i am a really big fan of yours and i listen to you every day. I also think you should help get a rock band for country music made. My dad and aunt love your music almost as much as i do. My favorite song by you is "It just Comes Natural" I hope to see more of you in CT. and I hope for much much more sucess in the futrue.I also went to a concert at mohegan sun casino in 2007 I really wish to come to another concert of yours and maybe even meet you that really would be alsome because i would never forget it. I love your Music and wish you well again.
just us | Reviewer: Jennifer Bookout | 9/23/08
My name is Jenn, I have been listening to you since the bandages started, in Steal of The Night. Now that I have two daughters, they to truley injoy your music. Everyday when I get home from work I can hear the music from the time I shut the car door. We really love you and your music. I recently bought my gils and I a Rock Band... But we don't know any of the songs on it, because we usually only listen to country music. I wish that there was a country music game for it. Now i'm only one person but I think that it would sell wonderfully. Of course you would have to be on it, along with Alan Jackson, George Jones, Garth Brooks, Kenny Chesney, and many, many more great artists. Its just an idea my girls and I came up with, and thought maybe you could help us out, we are rock illiterate.
Thank You So Much,
And We Love You, and
Hope to see much, much
More of you in the
& Taylor Bookout
Two year missionary under gods wing ............ | Reviewer: Ben Cates | 9/19/08
I know i will sound cleshay and perhaps state things half the world has stated as well. But before i get into that, id just like to say that on October 8th, i will be leaving the country for two years to serve as a missionary ( representing the church of jesus christ of latter day saints) in the country samoa. I will be stationed in the Mission Training Center in provo utah for bout nine weeks or so to learn what i can of the samoan language and teach what i can with a companion out there i will soon get to know. But i am doing this on my own and money out of my own pocket. and id like to state that even though im hanging up my boots n saddle and pickn up the bible for two years, only one person through his natural self and music has pulled me into realization that i will be watched over and on top of that comforted. Mr. Strait, youve kept me comforted through your passion of music and meaning you bring out in ur voice. But once i get back into what i call the heartland of the world and finish college, I'm going to be a country singer and keep that traditional music alive. It will take patience and time, but remember the name " Ben Cates " cuz i will reach my dream. Once i do i'd be honored to even have my name mentioned along yours mr. strait. I hope one day i may stand face to face with you and carry a simple conversation that may last a lifetime. Thank you for being who u wanna be.
Strait Leo KIng | Reviewer: Mel | 9/7/08
I was just wanting to tell you i lease the horse that you used to own. Strait leo King a.k.a Wrangler. He was in one of your music videos as a baby he was galloping in the background. I have not yet figured out which video it is but I will know soon
I fell in a flower pot in front of George Strait | Reviewer: Cindy Anderson | 4/30/08
I wanted to share a moment with everyone on meeting George strait.
After the concert; my two girlfriends and I went to the hotel he was staying at and yes did the groupie thing by waiting on his floor just for a chance to tell him how great we thought he was.
As my two friends were talking to him I panicked and started walking backwards and sputtering gibberish and fell in this big wet flower pot, I couldn't function normally. George was so polite he came over to me smilling and probably embarrassed for me, gave out his hand and said " No one has ever fallen in a flower pot for me." He gave me a hug(he smelled so nice.)asked if I was alright but I still couldn't speak, He gave me his autograph on a business card I had in my pocket. The one thing I really remember is what a gentelman he was to a silly girl in a flower pot with wet dirt all over her.
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