September 27

George Strait’s Notable Hit in the ’80s: “Amarillo by Morning”


George Strait is one of the most influential singer and songwriter in the country music industry. He is known as the “King of Country.” In addition, he became popular with his neo-traditional music style, cowboy look, and the man who brought country music back to its roots.

George Strait, Amarillo by Morning
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He has bagged numerous major awards and certifications all throughout his musical career. With this, let us look back on one of his greatest hits, “Amarillo by Morning.”

George Strait’ Version of “Amarillo by Morning”

“Amarillo by Morning” is a rodeo ballad song written by American songwriter Terry Stafford and Paul Fraser. The song was popularized in the 1970s by Stafford. His version was released in 1973 as a single from his album, Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose. Due to the song’s popularity, several covers were published. One of those versions that became popular was George Strait’s.

George Strait‘s version of “Amarillo by Morning” was released in January 14 1983 and was featured on his album, Strait from the Heart. Upon its release, it immediately entered the country charts and peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.

George Strait, Amarillo by Morning
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Music critics such as Kevon Coyne gave Strait’s rendition a high grade and said that he has finally found his niche as a performer.

Overall, “Amarillo by Morning” made a huge impact on country fans. Furthermore, the song was chosen as one of the Top 100 Western songs and named as the 12th country hit songs of all time.

The Lyrics Breakdown

They took my saddle in Houston
Broke my leg in Santa Fe
Lost my wife and a girlfriend
Somewhere along the way

“Amarillo by Morning” talks about a rodeo cowboy who sings about his life on the road and tells how he lost a wife and a girlfriend somewhere along the way.

Listen to George Strait’s “Amarillo by Morning” below:


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