Video: For his 61st birthday, George Strait becomes 1st artist in music history to achieve 60 No. 1 singles
Country Music Hall of Fame member George Strait became the first music artist in history, regardless of genre, to place 60 songs at the top of the charts when Mediabase named “Give It All We Got Tonight” as this week’s most played song on country radio, according to a news release that came out today.
The song is the first single from Strait’s new album “Love Is Everything,” released last week. “Give It All We Got Tonight” was written by Mark Bright, Tim James, and Phil O’Donnell.
“I didn’t realize we were making history — I just hoped we were putting out music that my fans would enjoy,” said Strait in the release. “As always, I’m thankful to the fans and country radio for their support on all 60 of these number one songs as well as my entire career. They are the ones who made this happen.”
Strait fans, radio stations and some of country music’s biggest artists joined the “Sixty For Sixty” movement at sixtyforsixty.com to accomplish the historic career milestone — giving the Texas troubadour his 60th No. 1 single, while he was 60 years old. It came down to the wire, as Strait turned 61 on Saturday, May 18, but in the words of the man himself, “I may be 61, but I don’t feel a day over 60.”
“The amount of support shown by fans, industry and especially country radio to give George his 60th No. 1 single is the ultimate testament in a format that has been defined by his music,” said Royce Risser, SVP Promotion for Universal Music Group Nashville, in the release. “No one is more deserving of this accomplishment than George Strait, the undeniable King of Country Music. Happy Birthday, George!”
“Love Is Everything,” which Strait co-produced with longtime collaborator Tony Brown, is receiving stellar reviews during its first week of release, including:
‘This veteran may hang up his traveling boots, but his consistency as a recording artist isn’t slowing down.” — Associated Press
“In the case of Love Is Everything, it truly is an album worth giving a listen to, and then again, and then again. Strait and longtime producer Tony Brown have assembled incredible material – which granted, is a given with a Strait album. If you haven’t bought a Strait release in a few years, this might be the one!” – Billboard
“[George] shows he hasn’t lost a step in the studio. (**** out of four).” – USA Today
Strait kicked off 2013 in high gear for the first leg of his “The Cowboy Rides Away Tour,” which included a sold-out show at Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena. Only the June 1 show in San Antonio’s Alamodome remains in the sold-out tour. Known as the “house they built for George,” the Alamodome sold out within an astounding six minutes of going on sale.
Strait is the highest-ranked country act on Pollstar’s 2013 Worldwide Tickets Chart. Dates for the second leg of his tour, taking place in 2014, will be announced later this year.
In this “Sixty For Sixty,” a tearful Miranda Lambert, who lives in Tishomingo, explains how George helped mend a rift with her father while she was touring with the King of Country Music: