George Strait and His Wife Norma Are ‘So Blessed’ To Have Each Other
Country superstar George Strait almost let his longtime love Norma get away. “We knew each other forever, growing up in…
Norma Strait and George Strait; Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for Country Music Hall Of Fame & Museum
Country superstar George Strait almost let his longtime love Norma get away.
“We knew each other forever, growing up in a small town,” George told 100.3 The Bull, a Houston-area radio station. “I never really even thought anything about her, but then one day I asked her out and we went on a date. We didn’t see each other for a long time after that. Then one day, I thought, ‘I’m missing the boat here,’ and we started dating again.”
The couple made things official on December 4, 1971 when they eloped in Mexico. Upon returning to the states, they also hosted a small wedding at a church in Pearsall, Texas to celebrate with friends and family.
Around the same time, Strait enlisted in the U.S. Army and was shipped off to Hawaii where he served from 1971 to 1975. It was then that he began performing with an Army-sponsored band called Rambling Country.
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When he returned to his native Texas, he assembled a band to accompany him and began to perform as a solo artist. He earned his first chart-topping single with “Fool Hearted Memory.” In total, Strait has notched an unprecedented 60 No.1 singles to date.
Norma stuck by his side through it all – the good times and the bad.
In 1972, the couple welcomed their first child, Jenifer. Their son, George “Bubba” Strait Jr., joined the family nine years later. Tragedy stuck in June of 1986 when a car accident took Jenifer’s life. She was just 13 years old.
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Due to the heart-wrenching pain, Strait doesn’t talk too much about his daughter or the accident. However, he will never forget her of the memories she left behind. “We were blessed to have been able to spend 13 years with our beautiful daughter Jenifer,” he once told People.
Their 50-year marriage is something Strait does not take for granted.
“Norma and I are so blessed that we found each other … and were able to do all of this together, experience this life together, to support each other through everything, good times and bad,” he said. “We do almost everything together … We love each other and we still like each other. A lot!”
Lauren Jo Black
Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for Answers.com and her work being featured on Forbes.com. She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.