When George was in the fourth grade, his father and mother were divorced, and his mother moved away with his sister, Pency.George and his brother John, Jr., or "Buddy" (1950–2009), were raised by their father.

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Strait was named CMA Entertainer of the Year in 1989, 19, and ACM Entertainer of the Year in 19.

He has been nominated for more CMA and ACM awards and has more wins in both categories than any other artist.

The record featured two more singles including "Down and Out", a No.

16 hit for Strait, and "If You're Thinking You Want a Stranger (There's One Coming Home)", which reached number three early in 1982, sparking a string of Top Ten hits that ran well into the 1990s.

Impressed with the performance, but concerned that they couldn't market the Western Swing sound that the band featured, they left without a deal.

After several unsuccessful trips to Nashville in search of a record deal in which Strait was turned down by every label in town, he considered giving up music altogether.By 2009, he broke Conway Twitty's previous record for the most number-one hits on Billboard Counting all music charts, Strait has amassed a total of 60 number-one hits, breaking a record also previously set by Twitty, and giving him more number one songs than any other artist in any genre of music.making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.The year 1982 also saw the release of Strait's second album, the critically acclaimed Strait from the Heart, which featured the first number one single of his career, "Fool Hearted Memory", and the top five "Amarillo by Morning", regarded by many as one of the greatest country songs of all-time.In 1983, Strait made his first appearance at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo when the headlining star, Eddie Rabbitt, came down sick with the flu.His musical preference soon turned to country with singers Hank Thompson, Lefty Frizzell, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Bob Wills, Hank Williams, and Frank Sinatra influencing his style.