George Strait, one of the most popular and influential living country singers in the world, was born in Poteet, Texas on May 18, 1952. His father was a rancher and a school teacher, and his mother left the family when he was very young, taking his sisters with her.
When George was growing up, he worked on his father's ranch and played music with rock 'n roll bands. After high school, he enrolled in Southwest Texas State University, where he studied agriculture for two years before dropping out to marry his high school sweetheart, Norma. He then enlisted in the army and was sent to Hawaii. While in Hawaii, he began playing music in an army-sponsored country band called Rambling Country.
After two years in the army, he went back to Texas to complete his education at Southwest Texas State University. Back in Texas, he formed his own country band called Ace in the Hole.
After several years of playing music regionally and failing to secure a record contract, Strait scored his first deal with MCA Records in 1980, when he began releasing hit singles throughout the 1980s. Many of his albums went platinum or gold during this time period and into the 1990s. As of 2015, Strait is still performing live and releasing albums.