Six rounds of voting are in the books, Texas Independence Day has come and gone and there’s only one Texan left standing tall in The Texas Bracket: George Strait.
Voters have selected the beloved country singer as the Most Texan of all Texans — no small honor. Along the way, Strait defeated such Lone Star legends as Tom Landry, Lady Bird Johnson, Willie Nelson, Larry McMurtry, Janis Joplin and Billy Joe Shaver.
The victories were narrow in some matchups — Strait defeated Willie and Mrs. Johnson by a handful of votes each. But “King George” had no such problems defeating the legendary Dallas Cowboys coach. Strait topped Landry with 70% of the vote.
The 64-year-old Strait was born in Poteet and raised on a cattle ranch in Pearsall. His popular “cowboy” image comes honestly. After a short stint in the Army, he attended Texas State and graduated with a degree in agriculture.
Strait’s career really kicked off in 1981 when his first single — “Unwound” — was a hit, and reached an end (or, possibly just a rest stop) with his retirement from touring in 2014. In between he had more than 60 No. 1 songs, sold more than 68 million records and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Among his hits are: “Amarillo by Morning,” “All My Ex’s Live in Texas,” “Baby Blue,” “If I Know Me,” “I Cross My Heart,” “Write This Down,” “Run,” “I Hate Everything,” “Give it Away,” “Wrapped” and “Let it Go.”
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