Every time he hears the name George Strait what comes to your head? Indeed, it’s next to impossible to mention country music without mentioning George Straight. Although he released his first ever single in 1981, entitled “Unwound,” Straight developed his career through sheer hard work and unrelenting determination to become one the century’s best country music icons. The majority of country music lovers concur that the beauty of Straight’s music is that you know upfront what you’re going to get and that’s straight hot country music.
But, this just the beauty of his music, the real beauty of straight is his innate ability to create warm, comfortable, and exciting moments every time he steps up the stage even before he pronounces a word. But, is George Strait the indisputable country music king music?
Why George Strait is the king of country music
Outstanding career record
With over 30 years recording, George Strait has earned it all. Having spent much of his time with MCA Records, Strait has garnered 61 Number 1 hit in charts. These includes the former radio and records Chart, Mediabase 24/7, Gavin Report chart that’s now defunct.
Additionally, George is the first ever artist in the Billboard history with a record of one single in the Top 10 Billboard chart for a record 30 consecutive years. That is, from 1981 when he first released his first hit that peaked at number 6 the chart. It’s also worthy to note that all of Strait’s hit singles have been in the very chart.
If it’s record sales, then Straights record rivals those of top performers on other music genres. In the USA alone, Strait has sold over 68 million records. To wrap it up, Strait’s certifications from RIAA include 33p’atinum, 13 multi-platinum, and 38 gold albums among other awards in diverse categories. If this impressive career record doesn’t qualify him to be a king, then the definition of who a king needs to be redefined.
Hall of Fame Inductee
Not everyone gets inducted into the prestigious hall of fame – country music. It took George Strait with all his accolades, awards, shattered records and history, well over 25 years to get recognition. This shows the status and seriousness of this recognition, and it remains elusive even to some artists who have been in the industry for countless years.
Totally sold-out concerts
After being in the country music industry for close 40 years, one would assume that George Strait music belongs to the golden oldies. Sorry, that’s not the case, for years in years out, Strait’s concerts have been booked to the last ticket – totally sold out tickets.
In his 2014 North American indoor concert, his show was attended by over 100,000 country music lovers. This is a record that shattered any previous one in North America. He also held other Sox totally sold out concerts in 2016 and his 2017 diary is already fully booked.