Born in Texas in , country singer George Strait began performing in a band while serving in the U. He landed a recording contract in the s with MCA records and produced numerous hit albums throughout the next three decades. Known for staying true to traditional country sound, he has won multiple awards and has the biggest-selling boxed set in country music history. Strait is one of country music's most popular contemporary singers, well known for staying true to the traditional country sound. He was raised on a family-owned farm in nearby Pearsall, Texas, where he studied agriculture at Southwest Texas State University. Strait eloped with his high school sweetheart, Norma, before joining the army. While stationed in Hawaii, he began singing in the Army-sponsored band called Rambling Country.
One time, in Key West, where he records, he was sitting outside the studio, naked from the neck up, when a woman accosted him. Why would he cut a record in this little place? He is, by some measures, the most popular country-music singer of all time and, by any measure, the most consistent. On a Friday night earlier this year, at T-Mobile Arena, a few paces from the Las Vegas Strip, nearly twenty thousand fans came together to hear Strait make his way through more than thirty of his biggest hits—a fraction of the total. Strait prefers to give his audience as few distractions as possible: he likes to play on a stage in the center of the arena floor, with four microphones arranged like compass points; every two songs, he moves, counterclockwise, to the next microphone, so that people in each quadrant of the crowd can feel as if he were singing just to them. Because he was playing in the round, there was no backdrop, and nothing in the way of pyrotechnics, with the important exception of that smile.
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George Harvey Strait Sr. George Strait is known as the " King of Country "  and is considered one of the most influential and popular recording artists of all time. Strait's success began when his first single " Unwound " was a hit in During the s, seven of his albums reached number one on the country charts. By , he broke Conway Twitty 's previous record for the most number-one hits on Billboard ' s Hot Country Songs chart when his 44 number one singles surpassed Twitty's Strait is also known for his touring career when he designed a degree configuration and introduced festival style tours. Strait has sold more than million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. George and his brother John Jr. Strait began his musical interest while attending Pearsall High School, where he played in a rock and roll garage band.