George Strait

Born May 18, 1952  in Poteet, Texas, George Strait began his musical interest while attending Pearsall High School, playing in a rock and roll garage band. His musical preference soon turned to country with singers Hank Thompson, Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Bob Wills, Hank Williams and Frank Sinatra.  In 1971, Strait enlisted in the US Army and  while stationed in Hawaii began performing.  in 1975, he enrolled at Southwest Texas State University and joined the country band Stoney Ridge, answering a flyer the band posted around campus looking for a new vocalist. George Strait eventually renamed the group the Ace in the Hole and began playing throughout Texas.  MCA signed Strait to a recording contract in February 1981.  George Strait holds the world record for more number-one hit singles than any other artist in the history of music on any chart or in any genre, having recorded 59 number-one hit singles as of 2012.

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