YMMV / George Strait

  • Awesome Music: "Amarillo by Morning" is often cited as one of his best.
  • Covered Up:
    • "Amarillo by Morning" was originally recorded by Terry Stafford, who took it to #31 several years before Strait made it into his Signature Song.
    • "Famous Last Words of a Fool" and "Nobody in his Right Mind Would've Left Her" were originally minor chart hits for their co-writer, Dean Dillon.
    • Keith Whitley recorded "Nobody in His Right Mind Would've Left Her" a year before Strait's version was released.
    • "Drinking Champagne" is a cover of Cal Smith.
    • "Today My World Slipped Away" was originally a Top Ten for Vern Gosdin.
    • "I Just Want to Dance with You" is a cover of Daniel O'Donnell, but co-writer John Prine cut it first.
    • "What Do You Say to That" was originally recorded by David Ball.
    • "Desperately" and "Wrapped" were originally recorded by Bruce Robison, and the latter had been recorded by several other artists before George covered it.
    • "The Seashores of Old Mexico" had been recorded by several artists, including Merle Haggard (who wrote it). Hank Snow also had a Top 10 hit with it in Canada in 1971.
    • "Tell Me Something Bad About Tulsa" was originally recorded by Merle's son, Noel.
    • This also went the other way with "Oh Me, Oh My, Sweet Baby," which was a top 5 hit for Diamond Rio four years after Strait recorded it.
    • "Stars on the Water", written (and originally recorded) by Rodney Crowell, and made famous by Jimmy Buffett.
    • "Trains Make Me Lonesome", written and originally recorded by its writers Paul Overstreet and Thom Schuyler (as two-thirds of S-K-O), and then covered by Merle Haggard's son Marty before George Strait did his version.
  • He Really Can Act: While Pure Country was largely met with negative reviews, most critics noted that Strait was at least a convincing leading man in it.
  • Misattributed Song: No, that's not him singing "A Little More Country Than That." That would be Easton Corbin.
  • Moment of Awesome: Finally winning his first Grammy, for Best Country Album (Troubadour) in 2008.