George Strait is wishing his good friend and fellow singer Alan Jackson a “happy birthday.” Jackson celebrated his 62nd birthday on Oct. 17.
To mark the occasion, Strait posted a throwback photo of them on Instagram. A picture captured the two country artists shaking hands at the 2016 CMA Awards. The two stood on stage together like living cowboys, playing two of their greatest hits. Strait and Jackson performed Jackson’s “Remember When” and Strait’s “Troubadour” together.
George Strait And Alan Jackson Have Been Friends for Decades
Both Strait and Jackson have been friends for over 20 years, according to Universal Music Group. Strait spoke about his friendship with Jackson and collaborating on music together.
“Well Alan has been one of my favorite people that I’ve met in the business since I’ve been in it. I’ve met a lot of great people and Alan and I have become friends,” Strait said of the 2016 CMA Awards. “We just have. I love his writing, his singing and we cut some things together before. And so when all of this came about I called him and we talked about it and had our little heart to heart about everything. And so this is kind of what came out of it.”
In addition to performing together in 2016, Jackson and Straight have collaborated at previous CMA Awards together. In 2013, they paid tribute to late country singer George Jones. The two performed a rendition of one of his most iconic songs “He Stopped Loving Her Today.”
Strait and Jackson also recorded a hit song together “Murder on Music Row” in 1999. The song focused on the demise of traditional country music with a wave of country-pop becoming more prevalent. Upon release, the song charted no. 38 on Billboard’s country chart. For their work, Jackson and Strait won a CMA Award for “Vocal Event of the Year,” according to Wide Open Country.