GEORGE STRAIT

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(Wikipedia, 4.3.2009): George Harvey Strait (born May 18, 1952) is a Grammy Award-winning American country music singer. Strait is referred to as the "King of Country," and critics call Strait a living legend. He is known for his unique style of western swing music, bar-room ballads, honky-tonk style, and fresh yet traditional country western music.
Strait won CMA Entertainer of the year in 1989 and 1990 and ACM Entertainer of the year in 1990. A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Strait has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards and has more wins in both category's than any other artist. As of 2008, he holds the record for the most Number One hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts with 43 number one singles on that chart. Counting all other music charts, Strait has amassed a total of 56 number one hits overall, breaking a record previously set by Conway Twitty.
Strait's 38 hit albums (12 multi platinum, 22 platinum and four gold) rank him only behind Elvis Presley and The Beatles. The RIAA has certified his albums at 68× platinum, denoting shipments of 58.5 million in the United States. His best-selling album there is 'Pure Country' (1992), which sold 6 million (6× Multi-platinum). His highest certified album is 'Strait Out of the Box' (1995), which sold 2 million copies (8× Multi-Platinum due to being a box set with four CDs). According to the RIAA, Strait is the tenth best-selling recording artist in the United States overall.

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(Wikipedia, 2020): Strait eloped in Mexico with his high school sweetheart Norma in December 1971. Their first child, Jenifer, was born on October 6, 1972. Their son, George Strait Jr., known as "Bubba", was born in 1981.

Jenifer was killed in an automobile accident in San Marcos on June 25, 1986, at age 13. The family set up the Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation, which donates money to children's charities in the San Antonio area. George Strait Jr., who is a graduate of Texas A&M in College Station, used to compete as a Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association team-roping competitor. Strait was able to watch his son compete at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo in 2006 shortly before taking the stage for his own performance.

Since 2010, Strait has served as spokesman for the Wrangler National Patriot program, a campaign designed to raise awareness and funds for America's wounded and fallen military veterans and their families. Strait says, "I've been a part of the Wrangler family for a long time... when they came to me with the idea for supporting fallen and wounded American veterans and their families, I knew I wanted to get involved."

In February 2012, Strait became a grandfather when George Strait Jr. and his wife Tamara had their first child, a son, George Harvey Strait III.

Strait owns a Gulfstream G450 business jet and carries a personal registration N518GS. His personal aircraft is housed at the Landmark Aviation facility in San Antonio. He has teamed up with Texas Governor Greg Abbott to help with disaster-relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which devastated coastal areas of Texas.

Strait along with long time friend and business partner Tom Cusick created the Vaqueros Del Mar (Cowboys of the Sea) Invitational Golf Tournament and Concert held annually at Strait and Cusick's Texas Hill Country resort Tapatio Springs Resort in Boerne Texas. The Invitational raises money for David Feherty's Troops First Foundation, benefitting wounded servicemen, servicewomen and their families. Since its beginning in 2012, more than US$5 million have been raised by the events.
In January 2018, George Strait was named the 2018 Texan of the Year by the Texas Legislative Conference, a statewide group of business and political leaders. Strait is being honored for his fundraising efforts in the wake of the widespread flooding following Hurricane Harvey.

Strait is a cousin of Jeff Bezos, founder, chairman, and chief executive officer of amazon.com, the world's largest online shopping retailer (which happens to have significant economic ties to Texas) through Bezos' maternal grandmother Mattie Louise Gise (née Strait).

George Strait gets ready to "Ride Off Into the Sunset":

('People Magazine' ~ Eileen Finan, 31.10.2012):
How does a king count his blessings? If you're George Strait, it's not so easy. "I can't count them all, there are so many," the country icon tells PEOPLE Country's Kay West, in a rare interview – his first in five years. Topping the list is his 41-year marriage to wife Norma.
"We love each other and we still like each other," he says of the secret to their relationship's longevity. "We're so blessed that we were able to experience this life together, to support each other through everything, good times and bad." Those good times include another blessing, the birth of their first grandchild, George Harvey Strait III, in February. "He's just so special, you just have no idea until it happens," the 60-year-old new granddad says, adding that he's planning to share his love of fishing with the tyke as soon as the little one can hold a pole.

"I love to fish. You can go hours without anything happening, and all of a sudden a big blue marlin comes into the spread and it's cockpit chaos," says Strait, who counts the 600-lb. blue marlin he snared among his finest fishing moments. "My dream is to catch a grander, a 1,000 pounder." Strait will soon have a little more time to spend on the water after announcing his final tour, "The Cowboy Rides Away," which begins in 2013.
The singer, who has sold more than 65 million albums and scored more than 50 No. 1 hits, admits the decision to leave the road life wasn't easy. "I lost a lot of sleep thinking about it," he says.

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(Wikipedia, 2020): On September 26, 2012, Strait announced that he was retiring from touring, and that his Cowboy Rides Away Tour would be his last. Tickets for both arenas and stadiums on the Cowboy Rides Away Tour sold out in a matter of hours. The tour started on January 18, 2013, in Lubbock, Texas, and was divided into two legs: 21 concerts in 2013 and 26 concerts in 2014. The tour ended in Arlington, Texas, on June 7, 2014. Strait was supported on the tour by his longtime 11-member touring group, the Ace in the Hole Band. For the 2013 leg, Martina McBride was the opening performer.

On January 9, 2014, Strait initiated the second leg of the tour, which featured the opening performers Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Martina McBride, Miranda Lambert, Little Big Town, Vince Gill, Gloria Estefan, Lee Ann Womack, Merle Haggard, Chris Young, Ronnie Dunn, Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Billy Joel, Kenny Chesney, Alan Jackson, and Asleep at the Wheel.
Many of these performers gathered together for the tour's final concert in Arlington before 104,793 fans—the largest ticketed attendance at a single-show concert in the United States. The concert also set a record for the largest gross at a single-show country concert, $18,194,374, and broke the 33-year-old record as well for "largest indoor concert ever," easily surpassing the 87,500 fans who attended the 12/05/81 Rolling Stones concert at the New Orleans Superdome (opening acts, The Neville Brothers, followed by George Thorogood and the Destroyers).

A live album recorded from the final concert in Arlington titled The Cowboy Rides Away: Live from AT&T Stadium was released on September 16, 2014, with DVD/CDs of the concert being released on November 10, 2014, with Wal-mart exclusively releasing a deluxe edition including two CDs, as well.
This Deluxe DVD is the entire over three-hour concert and the accompanying two CDs have 28 of the 40 songs sung that night. On August 29, 2014, the Country Music Television channel broadcast a two-hour concert special of the event titled George Strait: The Cowboy Rides Away. This CMT concert special had 1-1/4 hours of music from the concert, and interviews.

In 2018, Strait released a single called "Codigo", after a brand of tequila produced by a company in which he had invested.

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