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Album: Strait From The HeartReleased: 1982
This rodeo ballad was written by Terry Stafford and Paul Fraser. It has become one of Country music's most recognizable anthems and propelled George Strait to stardom.
Despite being Strait's most famous tune, it is not one of his record #1 singles. It peaked at #4 on the Country charts and was named the 12th best Country song of all-time by CMT. (thanks, Julian - Oakland, AR, for above 2)
In this song, a rodeo cowboy sings about his life on the road and how he "lost a wife and a girlfriend somewhere along the way." (thanks, Bertrand - Paris, France)
The Country singer Chris LeDoux, who was also a rodeo champion, recorded this song in 1975. (thanks, Cameron - Austin, TX)
Before George Strait recorded this song, John Fisher produced Terry Bullard's version in 1980. He also produced Terry Stafford's version in the '70s. Both Terrys lived in close proximity of each other in Los Angeles when Stafford asked Bullard to re-record "Amarillo By Morning." (Thanks to Terry Bullard for his help with this. Hear his version of the song on his MySpace page