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CD Giveaway: George Strait – ’50 Number Ones’

george strait 2Update: And the winner is … Pat Amo. Congratulations, Pat, we’ll be emailing you shortly.  Thanks to everybody who commented, and keep looking for a special Patty Loveless package giveaway soon, and of course stick around as we spotlight Patty’s career throughout the month of October.

George Strait has had a longer run at the top than any other country star, past or present.  Since his first single release, ‘Unwound’ in 1981, the man called ‘King George’ has been consistently releasing chart-topping albums and singles for the past 28 years.  Along the way, he’s given us some real country chestnuts and keepers too.  The 1980s saw Strait as a leader in the New Traditionalist movement of the time, and as the 1990s dawned, he continued his hit-making streak among a whole new crop of competitors.  This decade has included some of the biggest honors of his storied career, including induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2006, and recently being named the Artist of the Decade by the Academy of Country Music.  George Strait continues to be one of country music’s most successful artists – he is up for three prizes at this year’s CMA Awards ceremony, bringing his total nominations from the association to a staggering 76 nominations.  Of these 76 nods, he has taken home CMA trophies 22 times, including back-to-back Entertainer of the Year Awards.  I could go on and on about George Strait’s accomplishments – he’s the 9th best-selling artist of all time, in all genres, he has more gold albums than everybody except Elvis among solo performers, has the most #1 albums, the most #1 singles, and world-wide sales of over 75,000,000 units.

His 1995 Strait Out of the Box set also holds the distinction of being the best-selling box set of all time, with over 8 million units shipped according to the RIAA, and is an excellent starting point for anyone new to the music of George Strait. But since that set cuts off at 1994, we’ve decided to offer you a more recent collection of Strait’s hits, his land-mark 50 Number Ones, which includes the first 51 of his 57 chart-topping hits – with the addition of a new song, ‘I Hate Everything’, which also reached the summit.

To enter for your chance to win a copy of George Strait’s 2-disc 50 Number Ones set, leave us a comment telling us why you think George Strait has endured on the country charts so long?  Is it his particular style of singing?  The songs?  Or just plain luck and perserverance?  What do you think?

*Comments must be posted by 11:59 PM on September 30, 2009.

30 responses to “CD Giveaway: George Strait – ’50 Number Ones’

  1. Andrew September 9, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I already have the album so I’m not entering, but “I Hate Everything” was the new song, not “Give It Away”

  2. Paul W Dennis September 9, 2009 at 8:21 pm

    Not entering – one problem with this particular set is that it has truncated versions of several songs. As best as I can tell, eight songs have been shortened by at least twenty seconds and another six have been shortened by thirty seconds or more. The worst offender is “Carrying Your Love With Me,” which was shortened by forty-three seconds.

    For those new to George Strait it won’t be too jarring, but those of us who remember the songs from the radio, it was sacrilege

  3. ShootingStarsMag September 10, 2009 at 1:38 am

    I don’t know why he’s made it so long…I guess he’s had loyal fans and just did his own thing and people loved it. I’d love to enter though!!!

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  5. Karin September 10, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Good voice, picks great songs, is likeable, humble. nice looking……loyal fans…. a host of factors have contributed to his long lasting success.

  6. dave September 10, 2009 at 2:02 pm

    he’s been so great for so long because of his dedication to the way of life that is country music. He sings with such great meaning and when doing that he helps people relate and become one with the music. The lyrics he sings connect people with the songs and when you do that for so long it makes you a legend. Doesn’t get any better than George Strait.

  7. dale schmucker September 10, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    because people and fans can relate to his music

  8. Daniela September 10, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Because he is the King!

  9. plain_jo September 10, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    i think it is a combination of things. Live Shows, he is the real deal cowboy, his personality. There is something to be said for keeping a sense of mystique of your personal life. The killer smile doesn’t hurt either, and his sense of humility is a winner in my book. yeah… I’ve been infatuated for sometime now, and it only increased when I saw him in caoncert for the first time several years ago.

  10. REBA ROX September 11, 2009 at 8:22 am

    A lot of people won’t like this comment, but with the lack of real country music on country radio stations these days, George is the “token” country music artist that the radio stations will always play. That way, they can legitimately call themselves “country” radio stations! George will never change the music he records — why would he? He doesn’t need to take chances and/or make changes to what kind of music he records because he is a country radio favorite.

    What I wonder sometimes though is, where is country radio’s “token” female country artist?

  11. Sean September 11, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    George is definitely one of the best male vocalists in country music and I think his interpretations of some of his songs are magnificent! Somehow every song George sings becomes and instant hit.

  12. Paul W Dennis September 11, 2009 at 7:33 pm

    I think George’s domination is, in part, due to the lack of competition. He has had the traditionalist country fan mostly to himself, with the exception of Alan Jackson and occasional forays by others. His real competition for the traditionalist market (Gene Watson, Merle Haggard, Johnny Bush) has grown too old and non-photogenic for today’s “image is everything” Nashville

    Also he has been very smart in marketing himself, doing a “Garbo” in playing relatively few live dates each year. This has created a mystique and a pent-up demand for his concert tickets. George does not put on as good a live show as Haggard or Owens did at their peak, but he puts out a workman-like effort and his fans never leave disappointed

    As I’ve commented before, Strait is the King of Very Good. Very few of his songs are great , but they are mostly very good and none of them were stinkers

    • Razor X September 11, 2009 at 8:53 pm

      I think at one time there was quite a bit of competition. I always thought Randy Travis and Ricky Van Shelton would enjoy more longevity than they did. I thought we’d see a day when Strait and Travis were the two last men standing; instead it has turned out to be Strait and Jackson.

      I agree that the fact that he hasn’t allowed himself to become overexposed has helped him hang in there.

      • Paul W Dennis September 11, 2009 at 9:27 pm

        I thought that Randy Travis would be the last man standing, so to speak, as his peak performances are far better than Strait’s peak performances.

        Travis let himself get distracted by forays into movies and gospel music and lost his country career momentum in the process. Also his voice has deteriorated over the years whereas Strait’s voice has declined very little. The 1984 Travis had a far better voice than Strait; the 2009 version is about Strtait’s equal

        I liked Ricky Shelton but never regarded him as being in the same league as Strait. Other artists such as Wade Hayes, Tracy Byrd and Tracy Lawrence didn’t seem to have Strait’s knack for picking material

        The best male vocalist out there today is Gene Watson, who is old and unphotogenic, meaning that country radio isn’t interested in him. Too bad as this means that younger listeners are deprived of hearing the one true meistersinger left in the genre (now that Ray Price is in his 80s)

  13. Leeann Ward September 11, 2009 at 9:38 pm

    Yes, Travis’ voice has definitely deteriorated some while Strait’s voice seems to almost be better these days.

    • Razor X September 11, 2009 at 10:02 pm

      It’s surprising how much Travis’ voice has deteriorated. He’s only 50 years old and should have had plenty of peak years ahead of him.

      • Rah September 16, 2009 at 11:07 pm

        Y’all need to clean out your ears! Randy sounds as good as ever! Have you even listened to his CD Around the Bend? Awesome! Too bad most won’t ever know since so-called country radio refused to play any of the singles off of it.

  14. Gaynell Hardie September 11, 2009 at 10:45 pm

    George, has it all. He is a family man, dedicated to Country Music and a down to earth person. He hasn’t let it go to his head. He has loyal fans, he is humble and always gets great songs. He has helped so many young stars and didn’t worry about the competition. What can you say? Doesn’t get any better, he is “The King.” Hope he is around for a long time.

  15. Leeann Ward September 12, 2009 at 9:21 am

    Yes, especially since people like Ronnie Dunn, Strait, Vince Gill and Alan Jackson are at that fifty mark and seem to be holding up fine. Heck, we’ve even got Dolly Parton whose voice has aged, but not deteriorated and she’s in her sixties. I’ve just noticed some serious aging with Willie’s brandnew album that I didn’t notice on Willie and the Wheel. So, I wonder what’s happened to Randy Travis.

  16. Sabrina5000 September 13, 2009 at 12:22 am

    I think Looks,charm, a whole bunch of talent and a little luck and some of that Texas hospitality, make him an outstanding performer.

  17. Pat Amo September 13, 2009 at 9:46 pm

    George is “King” in my book any day. He knows which type music is best for him and doesn’t add all the nonsence of smoke, flashing lights and jumping around to distract from the moment of the song he is singing. No one presently can take the title King.

  18. Steve from Boston September 14, 2009 at 1:29 pm

    I think George Stait embodies and personifies an American ideal. The hard working, clean living all American man. With Strait, it is who he is, it’s no act. And that comes through in his musical persona. The ladies love him, and the men respect and admire him.

    It’s all about picking great songs, no nonsense and delivering them with one of the finest Country voices among any of the male singers for decades.

    He has only one rival for the crown of King of Country, and that is Alan Jackson, who is in the same league, but has never really topped Kind George..

  19. Steve from Boston September 14, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    That shoud be “King George”, not “Kind George”, though the latter seems to fit as well. 😉

  20. Gena September 17, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    George Strait is “tops”. I think he has endured because he is so classy. He touches the heart of everyone: man and woman. He has the most heartfelt of love songs. His fun songs, “Give it Away”, you can see as a real-life occurance between a couple.
    His style is so laid-back and casual.
    Basically, both sexes can connect with this down-home country boy and his lyrics.
    His love songs cannot be matched.
    I know, I’m rambling. I’m a huge fan.

  21. Dawna September 24, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    It doesn’t matter when or what I will always buy everything George Strait ever does. He is one of the most consistent performers of our time.

  22. Leeann Ward September 28, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Hey guys,

    Thanks for your Strait coverage this month. You’ve motivated me to do my best to complete his collection. Today, I spent way too much on George Strait albums and now have 26 studio albums (29 if you count Christmas and even more if you count the box set and a GH collection). How many am I missing?

  23. doug September 30, 2009 at 5:52 pm

    Don’t need to enter the contest but wanted to say most folks have it right. George remains unusual in today’s world of over exposure with Twitter, Facebook, TMZ etc . He’s maintained his looks, records music that is acceptable to radio without adding whatever is in fashion and has never released anything that could be sung by Rascal Flatts. You can count on quality from George Strait. However, I must firmly agree with Paul Dennis who says Gene Watson remains the rare country music singer in his 60s who sounds as great as ever. Now give away some Gene Watson CDs and I’ll be glad to enter that contest.

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