Taste of Country put together a list of things you may already know about country music icon, George Strait. They're all interesting, especially number #9, which is truly heartbreaking.
#1.) Some of George's best songs never reached Number One.
He's had 59 #1 singles, which is more than any artist in any genre, but songs like "Run", "The Fireman", "True", "You'll Be There" and "Wrapped" never topped the country chart.
#2.) Having 59 #1 singles isn't the only record that George holds.
George also has the most CMA and ACM wins and nominations in country music history.
#3.) George's son Bubba got him back into songwriting.
George says his one regret is that he stopped writing early in his career. Thank goodness his son Bubba got him back into it for his album "Twang". Together, they co-wrote "Arkansas Dave", and George ended up co-writing two other songs on that album, plus he co-wrote seven songs on his album "Here for a Good Time".
#4.) George is NOT a member of the Grand Ole Opry.
Speculation is that it's because the Opry demands artists give them a commitment to play there, and George isn't keen on leaving his Texas ranch.
#5.) George's mother left him at a young age.
When his parents divorced, George's mother took her daughter but left George and his brothers with their father.
#6.) George didn't think "Living And Living Well" was a hit.
George almost didn't record the song, but admitted, quote, "Obviously, I was wrong, because it went to Number One."
#7.) George isn't shy; he just doesn't like doing interviews.
George prefers to spend as much time as possible focusing on family and music.
#8.) George's first movie role was in a terrorist action film.
George played himself in a barroom brawl scene in the 1982 movie "The Soldier."
#9.) George thinks of his late daughter when he sings "You'll Be There".
George doesn't talk much about it, but USA Today got him to admit that he thinks of his daughter Jenifer, who died in a car accident in 1986 at the age of 13, while singing the song.
#10.) George served in the U.S. Army.
George enlisted in the Army in 1971, and was still in the army when he began performing with a group called Rambling Country.