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Trivia / George Strait

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  • Breakaway Country Hit: Both "Heartland" and "I Cross My Heart" off the Pure Country soundtrack went to number 1. The movie? Not so much.
  • Chart Displacement:
    • Despite his massive catalog of #1 hits (44 on Billboard, 60 on all industry charts), many keystone songs didn't make the summit anywhere, such as "The Fireman", "Marina del Rey", "Amarillo by Morning", or the Alan Jackson duet "Murder on Music Row" (although the latter is justified in that it was never a single).
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    • He's also had three #1 hits that have held on for five weeks: the first is the well-known "Love Without End, Amen", and the other two are "I've Come to Expect It from You" and "One Night at a Time", which are nowhere near as popular as "I Cross My Heart", "Heartland", "Check Yes or No", "Write This Down", "Give It Away" etc.
    • "Troubadour" remains one of his most popular songs from the 2000s, but only reached #7 on the country charts.
  • Follow the Leader/Fountain of Expies: In the 1990s, there was an insurgence of "hat acts" who, like Strait, were just good ol' clean-cut young men (and even a couple women!) in cowboy hats. Over time, "hat act" became a derogatory term due to so many of them flooding the market and becoming indistinguishable.
  • Genre Adultery: By and large, averted; rarely has George recorded in the pop-country vein. One early exception was his 1982 ballad, "Marina Del Rey," which he pulled off very well and is every bit a part of his playlist today. "El Rey", a mariachi song from Twang which Strait performed entirely in Spanish, is another rare exception.
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  • Name's the Same: Somehow, he ended up recording two different songs both titled "She'll Leave You with a Smile" only five years apart. The former was the B-side to "Round About Way", while the latter was a single by itself. As a result, it's not uncommon for deejays to have both in their libraries and thus play the wrong one (with repeat offenders including Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40 and SiriusXM's "Prime Country" channel).
  • Old Shame:
    • Strait reportedly hates his second single "Down and Out" (a No. 16 song in the fall of 1981), which he has stated was not one of his favorite songs and noted he would never consider releasing, much less recording, today. Indeed, the only places to find "Down and Out" are on his debut album, Strait Country, and his first greatest hits album; it does not appear on any other of his greatest hits albums or his 1995 box set Strait Out of the Box.
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    • He hated his first music video, for "You Look So Good in Love", so much that he asked that it be withdrawn from rotation. He has very rarely done a music video since, and the few he's done since are largely Performance Videos.
    • Strait also has since said his hit "You Know Me Better Than That" is not a song he would record today; alas, he hasn't played it live since it was an active single.
  • One-Book Author: Pure Country is his only acting role to date.
  • Production Posse: He has had nearly the same batch of session musicians (including bassist Glenn Worf, drummer Eddie Bayers, steel guitarist Paul Franklin, guitarists Steve Gibson and Brent Mason, and fiddler Stuart Duncan) and the same producer (Tony Brown) on every album between Pure Country in 1992 and Love Is Everything in 2013. In addition, nearly every album dating back to his first has had at least one song written by Dean Dillon.
  • What Could Have Been: He had both "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven" and "Love Done Gone" on hold, but they ended up being recorded instead by Kenny Chesney and Billy Currington, respectively.

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