“She Let Herself Go” – George Strait’s 40th Hit

“She Let Herself Go” was Strait’s tying hit single for the most top charted songs that were held by Conway Twitty. The song was released in September 2005 and made its way to the top of the charts in January 2006. This was one of the many songs composed and co-authored by Dean Dillon which has brought tremendous success to Country Music singer George Strait.

Turning The Tables

With his outstanding career, George Strait released another hit single in 2006. “She Let Herself Go” gained an outstanding rise to stardom as it climbed to the top of the Billboard’s Hot Country Songs in just 4 months after its release. It rode the trend of themes that country songs had that primarily center on breakups and women who have just lost their lovers.

In every break-up, a woman was often thought to let herself go in the traditional sense of a word where she would not care about her physical and emotional states. Strait’s “She Let Herself Go,” however, gave the phrase a fresh and new meaning.  As her way of letting herself go, the woman did the things that her former lover would prevent her from doing. It featured the woman visiting a spa in New York, spending time on a singles cruise, and having a great time on the beach.

“She Let Herself Go” brought success yet again for George Strait. As the fame of his song reached Canada,  “She Let Herself Go” landed number 1 on their charts. It was then followed by another successful single titled, “The King of Country”  released in October 2006.

George Strait’s Outstanding Career

George Strait is one of the most famous Country Music artists over the years. Strait was born on May 18, 1952, in Poteet Texas. He was raised on a family-owned farm and later on studied agriculture at Southwest Texas State University. Strait soon joined the army and was stationed in Hawaii. This was where he began singing with the Army-sponsored band “Rambling Country.” Following his return to Texas, Strait built his own band named “Ace Hole” that gained an impressive local fan base.

Strait had a couple of futile efforts before being handed a solo contract by the MCA Records in 1981. Eventually, it was his credo of staying with the traditional country sound that made him stand out from the rest. With his single “Unwound” George Strait heavily influenced the increasing radio play of traditional, less-pop influenced country music.

It wasn’t just in the music industry where George Strait made a name for himself. In 1992, Strait made his acting debut in the film “Pure Country.” The film also featured some of George Strait’s hit songs as of that time namely, “I Cross My Heart,”Heartland,” “Where the Sidewalk Ends,” and “The King of Broken Hearts.”

As the new millennium approaches, Strait has already created a legacy for himself. Almost all of his albums were marked platinum or multi-platinum, winning the Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year in 1989 and 1990, receiving two CMA awards in 2008, The Album of the Year and the Single of the Year. Strait’s song “Troubadour” gained him a Grammy award and he won the Artist of the Decade from the Academy of Country Music.

Recently Straight was awarded an Entertainer of the Year in 2013, which marked his third, and in 2014 won the Academy of Country Music’s Entertainer of the Year. With his farewell show “The Cowboy Rides Away” 100,00 fans mobbed AT&T Stadium to watch Straight’s final show.

Dean Dillon

Dean Dillon is a Country music artist and a songwriter.  Throughout Dillon’s recording career between 1979 and 1983, he was able to produce eight top charted songs including a top 30 hit “I’m Into the Bottle.” He was also featured on several duet albums with co-songwriter Gary Stewart. With Dillion’s early success in songwriting, he earned a contract with Capitol Records.

As a songwriter, Dillon had an outstanding start that featured David Allan Coe’s 1981 hit “Tennessee Whiskey.” Dillon also had written a couple of George Strait’s  singles that included, “The Chair,”Nobody in His Right Mind Would’ve Left Her,” “It Aint Cool to Be Crazy About You,” “Ocean Front Property,” “Famous Last Words of a Fool,” and “She Let Herself Go.”