Happy Birthday George Strait: Celebrating The King of Country’s 69th

by Katie Maloney

Happy Birthday to country music legend, George Strait!

You don’t get the nickname “King of Country” for no reason. George Strait truly is a legend. Strait has a total of 60 number one hit songs, more than any other performer in history. He has won nineteen ACM Awards and has been nominated 81 times.

He holds the record for most wins as well as nominations at the ACM Awards. In conclusion, George Strait knows great music when he hears (and creates) it. And today, after over four decades in the country music business, Strait is celebrating his 69th birthday –which means we’re celebrating his 69th birthday too!

So, in honor of his big day, we’ve compiled this list of some of our favorite George Strait career moments.

When He Released His First Single Ever

After years of trying to break into the country music industry, George Strait signed with MCA Records in 1981. Shortly after, he released his very first album. The album, “Strait Country” featured his first single ever, “Unwound.” The song helped influence radio stations to play more traditional country music again in addition to the popular pop-influenced tunes of the time.

“Unwound” is about a man who realizes that he pushed the woman who loved him too far. And this time, she’s not coming back. During the song, Strait sings, “Give me a bottle of your very best because I’ve got a problem I’m gonna drink off my chest. I’m gonna spend the night gettin’ down. Because that woman that I had wrapped around my finger just come unwound.

George Strait’s “Unwound”

When George Strait Made His Acting Debut

A little over a decade after releasing his first album, George Strait broke into the Hollywood scene. In 1992, Strait acted in his first movie ever, “Pure Country.” He also recorded several megahit songs for the movie. These songs included “I Cross My Heart,” “Heartland,” “Where the Sidewalk Ends” and “The King of Broken Hearts.”

A year later, Strait released a box set of the four popular songs from the movie called “Strait Out of the Box.” The sales for the set exceeded five million copies making it the biggest-selling boxed set in country music history.

When He Won His First And Only Grammy (Finally)

In 2008 George Strait released his album, “Troubadour,” which debuted at the top of the country album charts. Later that year, Strait received two CMA awards, one for Album of the Year, and the other for Single of the Year. George Strait has been nominated for a Grammy 16 times. But in 2009, he earned a Grammy award for “Troubadour.”

Additionally, he won the Artist of the Decade award from the Academy of Country Music. 

George Strait performs during an award ceremony. (Photo by Kevin Winter/ACM2009/Getty Images for ACM)

When He Was Inducted Into The Country Music Hall Of Fame

After decades of success, Geroge Strait was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006. During the 40th CMA Awards, Strait performed his then-latest number-one song, “Give it Away” right before accepting his replica Hall of Fame plaque.

George Strait’s “Give it Away”