George Strait was not any different than any other red-blooded Texas boy who dreams of making it big as a Country Western singer, except for his raw talent and determination. Starting out as the son of a teacher/rancher, Strait learned early that perseverance was key to production. He spent many long hours of his youth working his Dad’s cattle while plucking his guitar on the side. After a stint in the Army, he joined the “Ace in the Hole Band,” which immersed him in the honky-tonk music of country bars. After being discovered by MCA in 1981, Strait went solo and had his first Top Ten hit, “Unwound.” The rest is history. He became one of the best-selling country singers of the 80s and 90s, while garnering 73 Country Music Association nominations. At the same time, he tried his hand at acting, making what some called a statement on new-age country singers in Pure Country. Texans are proud of this traditional honky-tonker, who has managed to rake up over 50 #1 Hit songs during his career.