On This Day: George Strait Scores No. 1 With ‘Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind’ in 1985

by Samantha Whidden

On January 5, 1985, country legend George Strait famously hit number on the music charts with his single Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind. 

George Strait’s now 37-year-old single shares a story about someone missing an old significant other, who has moved on to another relationship. The chorus reads, “You left me here to be with him in Dallas/ And I know it hurt you at the time/ But I wonder now if it makes a difference/ Does Fort Worth ever cross your mind?”

George Strait’s Does Forth Worth Ever Cross Your Mind album made its debut in September 1984. It is certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of one million copies in the U.S. The album peaked at number 1 on Billboard’s U.S. Top Country Albums and 139 on the U.S. Billboard 200. The country singer’s fourth studio album was number 3 on the U.S. Country Album chart at the end of 1985. Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind was written by Darlene and Sanger D. Shafer.

George Strait performed Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind with Vince Gill during one of his live shows last fall. 

George Strait Recently Mourns Singer Vicente Fernández 

Following the death of the “King of Rancheras” Vicente Fernández in December 2021, George Strait took to his Twitter account to pay tribute to the singer. 

“Sad news today. We lost The amazing legendary Vicente Fernández this morning,” George Strait declared in his post. “One of my heroes. May he Rest In Peace and may God bless and comfort his family. Hasta la Cruz Chente!!”

Fernández passed away on December 12th. The singer was 81 years old at the time of his passing. He was also an actor, and film producer. He was also known as as Chente (short for Vicente), El Charro de Huentitán (The Charro from Huentitán), and El Ídolo de México (The Idol of Mexico).

Fernández notably scored three Grammy Awards, nine Latin Grammy Awards, and fourteen Lo Nuestro Awards. He also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He sold more than 50 million copies of his music worldwide, which makes him one of the best-selling regional Mexican artists of all time.

Months before his passing, Fernández was hospitalized in serious condition after he reportedly fell at his ranch in Guadalajara. He had injured his cervical spine and was placed on a ventilator. The singer was later diagnosed with  Guillain–Barré syndrome. He then began treatment and was released from the hospital in October. But he returned in November due to complications caused by pneumonia. The illness took a toll on him. His son announced on December 11th that the singer was sedated due to the worsening of his condition.