George Strait’s crossover country primer album –

George Strait He already had two successful country albums in his career when the Billboard charts of March 3, 1984 brought even more good news. The soft-spoken Texan singer had entered the nation’s bestsellers the previous November with his third studio set, Right or wrong. It began a five-week non-consecutive run at the top of that list in February, George’s first country album bestseller.

Produced by Roy Baker and recorded in July 1983 at Woodland Sound Studio in Nashville, it was released in September and had already featured its first country number 1 on “You Look So Good In Love.” Third to the top of the charts of Strait’s career, he was the first to have his own music video.

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All of that activity helped attract the attention of the world outside of country music, and thus Right or Wrong gave the artist his first appearance on the pop album chart. The modest seven-week run on that chart took him to just No. 163, but it was the first of what so far represents a total of 40 albums by the record-breaking country hero to appear on the pop chart.

George and Merle

Right or Wrong then produced two more country No. 1 singles, with the title track ruling the henhouse for a week in April and then “Let’s Fall To Pieces Together” doing the same in September. Another hit on the singles charts that month was the great Merle Haggard, whose “Our Paths May Never Cross” was covered by Strait on his album.

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In a career packed with staggering sales statistics, Right or Wrong was the first of Strait’s 27 number-one country albums, and it still counts. Less than a year after its release, in September 1984, he was back with another new album and another one of those country bestsellers, Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind.

Right or wrong can be purchased here.

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