It was back on May 18 of 1952 when George Harvey Strait (better known as George Strait) was born. George is an extremely popular and well know country music star. In fact, as of a few years ago, George Strait has over 55 number one hits on Billboard’s Country singles song chart. It was all the way back in 1981 when George Strait had his first country hit named ‘Unwound’. During that decade of the 1980’s, George Strait had put out 7 Number One albums, which is unheard of. Some of his more popular tracks are ‘Ocean Front Property’ and everyone’s favorite ‘Fool Hearted Memory’. The country mega-star has more number one singles than any other musician across all types of music. Now that is an achievement to be proud of.
By the time the 90s came around, there were a whole slew of entertainers that were influenced by George Strait, partially because the star put out almost 20 songs that made it to number one on the charts. He had such tremendous success that the ACM dubbed him as the ‘Artist of The Decade’. George was also picked to enter the Country Music Hall of Fame. He then followed by puuting out his album ‘Troubadour’ which ended up winning him a Grammy. He continued on the path of success and popularity for a long time. He also had two smash songs ‘Youll Be There’ and ‘She’ll leave you with a Smile’ which showed that he could tweak his country sound and cross into different musical genres.
A horrible tragedy struck Strait and his family back in 1986. George Strait lost his 13 year old daughter who died in a car accident that took place out in Texas. Strait won CMA Entertainer of the year in 1989 and 1990 and ACM Entertainer of the year in 1990. He has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards and has more wins in both categories than any other song writer. As of 2009, he holds the record for the most Number One hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts with 44 number one singles on that chart alone. Counting all other music charts, George Strait has totalled 57 number one hits overall, breaking a record which was previously set by Conway Twitty.
George Strait has sold more than 70 million albums in the United States alone which include 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum and 38 gold albums. His best-selling album is Pure Country (back in 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, George Strait is the 12th best-selling recording artist with the albums in the U.S. over all other musicians across all music types.