George Strait turns 70: Facts you may not have known about the ‘King of Country’

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Happy birthday to “King of Country” George Strait. The Texas-born country music legend turned 70 on Wednesday.

Here are some “Narrow” facts about the music legend, according to the Country Music Hall of Fame:

  1. George Strait was born on May 18, 1952, in Poteet, Texas, a town 30 minutes south of San Antonio.
  2. Strait didn’t listen to much country music growing up. He was inspired by rock bands and even joined several garage bands in high school.
  3. The Texas native enlisted in the United States Army in 1971 after marrying his longtime girlfriend, Norma. He served four years and began performing with an army band.
  4. Strait enrolled at Texas Southwest State University, now known as Texas State University. He wanted to get a degree in agriculture, but by then he was also seriously considering a music career.
  5. He has sold more than 84 million albums, with a total of 60 No. 1 hits.
  6. Strait is the only act in history to have a Top 10 hit every year for more than three decades.
  7. The legend’s recent shows include the grand opening celebration for Austin’s Moody Center in April and headlining the Austin City Limits Music Festival in 2021.

Strait’s next show is July 30 at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. She will return to Texas in the fall.

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