Strait, who was nominated again Wednesday (Sept. 3) in the CMA Awards’ entertainer of the year category, now has 83 CMA nominations under his belt.
And here’s the fun twist on that news: This is the very same week, 33 years ago, that King George released his very first album, Strait Country.
The debut album from this new guy from Texas was recorded in Tennessee and released on Sept. 4, 1981. On vinyl.
Strait Country wasn’t exactly an overnight success. The first Strait single, “Unwound,” broke into the Top 10, but it wasn’t an automatic No. 1 like you might think.
Then again, Strait went on to win his first two CMA trophies when he took home male vocalist of the year and album of the year for Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind in 1985.
In this year’s entertainer of the year category, Strait is up against some pretty big stars — Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban. But no one else has the 33-year history of making award-winning country music that Strait does.
The 48th annual CMA Awards, which will be hosted again by Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, will air live Nov. 5 on ABC.
- 2007, Taylor Swift realizes a gold single for “Teardrops On My Guitar”
- 2004, Trick Pony appears on the first day of Jerry Lewis’ annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon. Others who lend their talents include Kenny Rogers, The Warren Brothers, Joe Nichols, Brad Cotter, Elton John, Tony Orlando, Dr. Phil and Julie Roberts
- 1995, Wade Hayes earns his first gold album, for “Old Enough To Know Better”
- 1957, Elvis Presley records “Blue Christmas” to begin three days of sessions for his first holiday album. Elvis also cuts “Treat Me Nice.” The sessions are held at Radio Recorders in Hollywood
That title may actually belong to your beautiful daughter Pearl.
Owen recently posted the most adorable Instagram video of his pride and joy as they embarked on their first fishing trip together. Pearl is seen riding with her daddy, clutching a bag of Goldfish snacks and wearing a little sundress, straw hat and the biggest grin you can imagine as the two prepare to hit the water.
When Owen asks her, “Where are we going?” she yells back enthusiastically, “Go fishing!”
He says, “Are we going fishing?” and she answers, “Yeah!”
Daddy asks, “Are you excited?” She tosses back, “Yeah!”
I mean, this video is too precious for words. And it’s not the first time Pearl has starred in a video on her daddy’s Instagram. She’s also been spotted sitting in his lap singing along as he plays guitar and grooving on his shoulders as they dance together in the streets of Downtown Disney.
As for their inaugural fishing trip, there’s no word on how well the fish were biting that day for Owen and little Miss Pearl, but something tells me these two weren’t in it for the actual numbers or bragging rights. Moments like this are all about creating memories to last a lifetime. And we’re certain this is one memory Owen will never forget.
- 2001, Trace and Rhonda Adkins have a daughter, Brianna Rhea Adkins, in Nashville
- 1991, Dottie West dies at Nashville’s Vanderbilt Medical Center five days after a car wreck. Her career featured sporadic hits from 1963 through the early-1980s, including “Country Sunshine,” “A Lesson In Leavin'” and several duets with Kenny Rogers
- 1981, MCA releases George Strait’s debut album, “Strait Country”
- 1973, Charlie Rich grabs his first gold single, “Behind Closed Doors”
- 2009, Arista releases Carrie Underwood’s “Cowboy Casanova” to radio
- 2006, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill’s Soul2Soul II Tour wraps at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas. The couple brought in almost $89 million during the concert run, setting a record as the highest-grossing country tour in history
- 1988, Rodney Crowell scores a #1 single in Billboard with “I Couldn’t Leave You If I Tried”
- 1961, Loretta Lynn signs with Decca Records
- 2009, Jason Aldean nabs a gold single for “Big Green Tractor”
- 1991, Capitol releases Garth Brooks’ “Ropin’ The Wind” album
- 1978, Kathy Mattea moves to Nashville with a mattress on top of her car
- 1973, Jerry Lewis gets help on his muscular dystrophy telethon from country stars Johnny Cash, Roy Clark, Johnny Rodriguez, Minnie Pearl, Sonny James, Faron Young, Conway Twitty, George Jones & Tammy Wynette
- 2006, Taylor Swift performs “Tim McGraw” in her first appearance on the Grand Ole Opry
- 2004, Sara Evans performs “Born To Fly” on the third night of the Republican National Convention at New York’s Madison Square Garden. Brooks & Dunn sing “Only In America” after a speech by incumbent vice president Dick Cheney
- 1983, The Soviet Union downs Korean Air Lines flight 007, killing 269 people, including a U.S. congressman. The event inspires Lee Greenwood to write “God Bless The U.S.A.” Johnny Cash also cancels a Soviet tour in protest
- 1962, Marty Robbins’ “Devil Woman” begins a sinful eight-week run at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart
- 2012, Randy Houser’s “How Country Feels” video debuts on CMT
- 2009, George Strait’s “Living For The Night” video has its TV debut on CMT
- 1994, Clay Walker earns his first platinum album with his self-titled debut
- 1968, Jeannie C. Riley makes her Grand Ole Opry debut
- 2007, Brad Paisley and George Strait lead the pack with five nominations apiece for the 41st annual Country Music Association awards
- 2004, Kris Kristofferson and former record executive Jim Foglesong are named the 2004 inductees to the Country Music Hall of Fame
- 1997, Kenny Chesney picks up his first #1 single in Billboard: “She’s Got It All”
- 1983, RCA releases Kenny Rogers’ album “Eyes That See In The Dark”
- 2005, Alabama, Glen Campbell and DeFord Bailey are announced by the Country Music Association as the latest inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame
- 1996, Billy Ray Cyrus performs the national anthem at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois, as Bill Clinton is nominated for re-election
- 1966, Singer/songwriter Shawn Camp is born in Little Rock, Arkansas. Signed to Reprise in the 1990s, he nets hits as a songwriter with George Strait’s “River Of Love,” Garth Brooks’ “Two Pina Coladas” and Josh Turner’s “Would You Go With Me”
- 1952, Songwriter Don Schlitz is born in Durham, North Carolina. His hits include “The Gambler,” “Forever And Ever, Amen,” “On The Other Hand,” “Strong Enough To Bend,” “When You Say Nothing At All” and “I Feel Lucky,” among many others