George Strait And Western Swing Traditions Essay

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George Strait is known as the “King of Country” and has rightfully owned that title with all his success. Out of all the country singers of the 1980s, George Strait has stayed closest to traditional country. Drawing from both the honky tonk and Western swing traditions, he has become one of the most popular and influential singers of all time. George Strait is my half uncle on my mother 's side. My grandmother, Doris Lieber, married his father, but later divorced him to marry my mother 's father. Although I have never met him face-to-face , he is still a huge inspiration to me as I also have a passion for music. Strait was born and raised in Texas. In 1971, Strait enlisted in the Army; two years later, he was stationed in Hawaii. While there, he began playing country music, initially with an Army-sponsored country band called Rambling Country. Throughout the ‘80s, he dominated the country singles charts, and his albums consistently went platinum or gold. However, fame is not always easy and can come with a lot of pressure but he seems to be making it through just fine with the support of his wife, Norma.
Norma is Strait 's first and only wife as well as his high school sweetheart , " Norma was the first girl I ever loved. We knew each other forever, growing up in a small town. I never really even thought anything about her, but then one day I asked her out and we went on a date” (Personal interview). After his high school graduation in the late 60’s, he enrolled in…

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