RodeoHouston® appearances: 1983 – 97, 2002 – 04, '06 – 07, '13
George Strait, or “King George,” is without a doubt one of the most famous country music artists in the world. Strait, a native of Pearsall, Texas, began his musical career in San Marcos, Texas, while attending then-Southwest Texas State University, playing the local bar scene with his Ace in the Hole Band. In February 1981, Strait was offered a recording contract with MCA Records after executives got wind of this talented newcomer, and “the King” has made music magic with the label ever since.
Strait made his debut at RodeoHouston
in 1983 when he filled in for an ailing Eddie Rabbitt, and exited on horseback like a real cowboy singer, stealing the audience members’ hearts. Strait’s 2002 performance to close out RodeoHouston
in the Astrodome holds the highest attendance record for any event ever held in the legendary stadium. He’s one of only five entertainers to have performed in front of more than 1 million RodeoHouston
During his more than 30-year career, Strait has earned some of the highest titles and honors in the business. With the most number one, gold and platinum albums in all of country music, Strait is third to Elvis Presley and The Beatles for the most gold and platinum albums in the history of music. He is the seventh best-selling artist in American music and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006. His string of number one hits now equals 59.
His latest album, “Here for a Good Time,” and the lead single, mark his 39th album and 89th career single, and is the second highest debut single of his career on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Strait has been awarded nearly every major music award, often more than once, in the span of his career, including GRAMMY, Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music awards — all while staying true to his classic country roots.
Strait is touring for the last time in 2013-14 on The Cowboy Rides Away Tour.
Singles: “Down and Out,” “If You’re Thinking You Want a Stranger (There’s One Coming Home),” “Fool Hearted Memory,” “Amarillo by Morning,” “You Look So Good in Love,” “Right or Wrong,” “Let’s Fall to Pieces Together,” “Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind,” “The Cowboy Rides Away,” “The Fireman,” “The Chair,” “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” “Baby Blue,” “Ace in the Hole,” “I Cross My Heart,” “Heartland,” “Adalida,” “Check Yes or No,” “Blue Clear Sky,” “Carried Away,” “I Can Still Make Cheyenne,” “King of the Mountain,” “Carrying Your Love with Me,” “Write This Down,” “Living and Living Well,” “She Let Herself Go,” “Give It Away,” “It Just Comes Natural,” “Wrapped,” “How ‘bout Them Cowgirls,” “I Saw God Today,” “Troubadour,” “Here for a Good Time,” “Drinkin’ Man”