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George Strait - Is he The Greatest Country Performer ever?
George Harvey Strait was born May 18, 1952, so he is just a few years older than I am, but worlds away and ahead of anything I can even comprehend as a person, both on the stage and off. He is married to his high school sweetheart; has been in the service of our country and then honorably discharged from the U.S. Army, so he is a Vet; owns a ranch; runs cattle and horses; walks the walk and talks the talk of a real, live cowboy; is a team roper who has hosted his own rodeo so I'd say he lives that life quite well. Oh yeah, he sings pretty well too. At least, if you count his 59 #1 hits, 39 gold albums, 33 platinum albums, 13 multi platimuns, and something like 68.5 million albums spanning 30 years in the business. I suppose you could say he has had some measure of success.
59 #1 hits. Averaging two #1's a year for 30 years. Unbelieveable. The Beatles had 20; Elvis only had 18; Bing Crosby had 41; and Conway Twitty had 55. And my favorite song of George's wasn't even a #1. Amarillo By Morning is perhaps the greatest country song of all time, and it topped out at #5. Only #5? How?!?!?
Oh, and he's an actor as well. Pure Country, picked as the #14 all time soundtrack may as well have been a greatest hits compilation for any other artist, but for George it was just another day at the office; Heartland and I Cross My Heart, two more #1's. Ho hum. Personally, I liked his song in that movie titled King of Broken Hearts. It remended me of an old time Country song, and those are the ones I like best. I've put together some of King George's best for your entertainment.
King George starred in Pure Country. The movie was so so, but the soundtrack was incredible. This song is the powerful ending to the movie, and as George performs it, sitting there on the stage, just him and his guitar, looking at his love - it is enough to make you believe love can conquer all.
When I first heard this song, I didn't like it; it was just too negative. Then I listened to the words closely, and realized just how good this song really is. George did it again, just like he always does. He sings a seemingly simple song, and pulls an emotional response out of our hearts.
She'll leave you with a smile. Well, she ain't the only one; ol' George leaves us smilin' with this little number. He tells of a love lost, and while you may be heartbroken, you still smile when you see her. He makes this mysterious woman so desirable you can't help it.
I don't dance, and I'm a guy, but I wanna dance with you! What a catchy song, just so smooth and it flows so well. Another George classic.
Another song from Pure Country. Just the setting on this one, with George strummin' on that old Dove; John Doe as Earl tappin' out a rhythm on the bench, boxes and tubs; and that brother of Harlee who hits his cheeks with wooden spoons makes it fun and enjoyable. I can see them sitting around, playing, singing, and just having a good old time. Makes me wish I could be there with them. How about you?
And finally, my personal favorite of King George's, Amarillo By Morning. It wasn't a number one (how?), but it has been hailed as perhaps the greatest Country and Western song of all time. I won't dispute that fact; I'll just agree. Those twin fiddles opening the song make my lay my head back, shut my eyes, and just enjoy. Your turn.