George Strait is known as the “King of Country.” He is also considered one of the most successful and influential singers in the country music industry. His neotraditional country style and cowboy look are what makes him popular. He already has numerous hit singles that won multiple awards and honors
With hit albums released, he is considered as one of the best selling artists of all time. He also gained 13 multi-platinum, 33 platinum, and 38 gold albums awarded by the Recording Industry Association of America. According to the RIAA, he is the 12th best selling album recording artist in the US.
Today, let us look back on one of his classic hits “Fool Hearted Memory.”
“Fool Hearted Memory”
It is a ballad love song written by American songwriter Byron Hill and Blake Mevis. George Strait recorded this song and it was released on May 27, 1982, from his album, Strait from the Heart. “Fool Hearted Memory” is also featured in Embassy Films, “The Soldier.”
Upon its release, “Fool Hearted Memory” entered into country charts and topped on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Since it became popular, many music artists made their own versions of it. With this, the song won an ASCAP Award for being the most performed country songs in 1982.
Country critics gave the song positive comments saying that Strait’s voice truly fits with this song. They stated that:
“Stronger and more confident than it had been on his first album. While the song calls for a certain amount of restraint and sadness, Strait is able to fully capture those emotions without sounding at all timid.”
According to one of the writers of the songs, a company came into their office wanting a song for the movie The Solider. He recalled:
“A company came to my publisher and wanted a song for The Soldier. But there was more to it. The studio wanted a major label artist to record the song and perform it in the movie. And they would only commit to the song if it was released as a single.”
Listen to George Strait’s “Fool Hearted Memory” below: