After recording more Number One hits than any other artist in history (including Elvis), and selling approximately 70 million albums, George Strait has lived up to his nickname as the king of country music. Here are 10 fun facts about George and his career.

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  1. George has been with only one record label for his entire professional career: MCA Records Nashville
  2. While he has not been known for writing many of his hit songs, George says that he did a lot of songwriting very early in his career, but just didn't record many of them. In recent years, George has been doing more songwriting, mostly in collaboration with his son, Bubba.
  3. George has been married once. He and his high school sweetheart, Norma, married in 1971.
  4. The Ace in the Hole band is the only band that has ever backed George Strait since 1975. George joined the band (originally called Stoney Ridge) when he saw a flyer on the campus of Southwest Texas State University. They needed a singer.
  5. In addition to playing guitar, George Strait also plays piano.
  6. George had a cameo appearance in the film 'The Soldier' in the early 80s.
  7. While he is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, George is not a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
  8. George has a degree in agriculture.
  9. George Strait recorded several albums at Jimmy Buffet's Shrimpboat Sound Studio in Key West.
  10. Martina McBride, Kenny Chesney, Eric Church, Vince Gill, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Lee Ann Womack, and Asleep at the Wheel are some of the acts scheduled to appear during George's final concert on 'The Cowboy Rides Away' tour in Dallas.

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