George Strait fans, let’s test your memory. What album did your favorite artist release on a certain New Year’s Eve?
Why it’s “Ten Strait Hits.” As the rest of the world was readying for a party, Strait released the compilation on this day in 1991. Lucky for country fans this time 29 years ago, Strait gave you music for the festivities and fireworks to usher in 1992.
The official Strait Instagram account offered some details in its post, Thursday.
“Ten Strait Hits is the third compilation album by George Strait, released on this day in 1991. It features all of Strait’s singles from 1988-1990. Which tune is your favorite off this record?”
Want Some More Key Details On The Strait Album?
The album peaked at No. 7 on the country charts. But for Strait music lovers, there’s a lot there to play on a loop.
Ten Strait Hits features eight No. 1 songs the King of Country produced from 1988-90. The most popular was “Love Without End, Amen.” Strait released it in April, 1990 as the lead single from his album “Livin’ It Up.” The song had staying power, holding at No. 1 on the Hot Country Charts for five weeks. It was the first time a Strait song stayed at No. 1 for more than a week. Now, that’s a reason to pop some champagne.
This Strait song also shared an uplifting message about unconditional love, from childhood to death.
Here’s Strait singing the song at a concert in 2002 at Houston’s Astrodome. Strait introduced it by talking about two fellow Texans, former President George H.W. Bush and his wife Barbara. While in office, Bush Sr invited Strait and his family to spend the night at the White House. The couple told Strait “Love without End” was their favorite song.
So Strait dedicated it to them in 2002. Enjoy the song. We’ll tell you some more about the album when you finish.
Did You Know George Strait Closed Down The Astrodome?
Here’s a fun fact, Strait helped close down the Astrodome, the world’s first domed stadium, in March 2002. The Astrodome played host to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo for 37 years. Strait probably was the rodeo’s favorite guest. He made his first appearance there in 1983, substituting for headliner Eddie Rabbit, who became ill with the flu. Strait has made more than 20 rodeo appearances, singing before a collective 1 million fans.
More than 68,000 fans, including the Bushes, showed up that evening in 2002 to see Strait.
But getting back to New Year’s Eve, 1991, here’s some other songs Strait included on his album: “Famous Last Words of a Fool,” “Ace in the Hole” and “Baby Blue.” “Others were “Baby’s Gotten Good at Goodbye’ and “I’ve Come to Expect It from You.”
Which is your favorite song off the album? George Strait wants to know. And for more terrific Outsider.com coverage on the King of Country, click it here.