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George Strait Throws It Back to ‘Pure Country’ Days on Anniversary of the Hit Soundtrack

by Taylor Cunningham
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Today is the anniversary of George Strait’s first studio soundtrack, Pure Country. And in a Twitter post, the Country Music Hall of Famer paid the album a special tribute.

Pure Country is the official soundtrack for the 1992 Hollywood movie of the same name. And interestingly enough, George Strait played the lead cowboy in the flick. So, if you didn’t know that Grammy-winning country singing legend is also a movie star, now you do.

In the film, Strait plays Dusty Chandler. Chandler is a superstar country singer (typecasting, we know) who feels like his music has lost its soul. So he walks away to find his roots and rekindle his passion for the stage.

Pure Country ended up being Strait’s one and only soundtrack. And it did very well for itself. It peaked at number one on both the US and Canadian country charts. It also went platinum six times. The album was home to his singles I Cross My Heart, Heartland, and When Did You Stop Loving Me.

So, it makes perfect sense that the record would hold a special place in George Strait’s heart. And since the soundtrack is one year shy of three decades old, he commemorated it on Twitter.

“When you hear twin fiddles and a steel guitar, you know you’re gonna hear some #PureCountry. Happy Anniversary to the Pure Country soundtrack!”

George Strait Almost Turned Down One Of His Number 1 Hits

If you’re a bonafide country legend like George Strait, you have the liberty to turn down any song that passes by your guitar. And Geroge Strait almost said “no” to one of his biggest hits.

Living and Living Well from Strait’s 2002 Road Less Traveled album almost ended up in the trash. When songwriters present it to him, he thought it would be a flop. And in most cases, we’d say he knows what he’s talking about. He’s taken 60 sings to number one on the Billboards. So, he clearly knows a thing or two about what the people want. But he was definitely wrong about Living and Living Well.

Luckily for us, he ended up going with it. And, of course, it ended up going to the top of the charts as well.

“Obviously, I was wrong, because it went to No. 1. I just didn’t think it was strong,” he admitted. But that’s ok. Even legends make mistakes sometimes.