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Amarillo By Morning


George Strait

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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)
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Comments (16):

Oh my...I've always loved his music. He's such a great musician.
- Megan, Stevenson, AL
I'm not a big George Strait fan. I mean, he's okay. I like some of his music, not all. But this song, "Amarillo by Morning" is just beautiful; lyrically, melodically, emotionally. His voice breathes the perfect life into the song.
- Camille, Toronto, OH
Yes Ken, this song was written by Terry Stafford of "Suspicion" fame.
- Mark, Rochester, NY
Great song. The video is cool too. George Strait is a member of the PRCA and hosts a heading/heeling contest every fall.
- Joel, Wheeling, WV
I love the fiddle in Amarillo By Morning. This is actually my favorite fiddle piece.
- CAS, Iron City , GA
Thank you Brett in Des Moines, IA - This is Terry Bullard...and it is nice to see when people recognize my music. You can check out my myspace page - not sure if the link will work here...but go to Myspace and look my name up under the music section! Thanks again....Terry
- Terry, Austin, TX
I knew this song from a bar in El Paso TX by Terry Bullard many years before King George did it. I like Terry's version better.
- Brett, Des Moines, IA
I once worked with a guy named Phil who later drank himself to death. He used to occasionally burst into song "Amaretto by morning".
- Dave, Scottsdale, AZ
This is one of my all time favorite songs
- Tyrone Collins, Chicago, IL
my roommate from amarillo in college hated this, too (i like it as well as "am i blue"). i'd love to read about the latter, songfacts. thanks!
- Grace, conway, AR
Amarillo by Morning is a great song
but Chris Ledoux did it first and did it better
Chris Ledoux lived the roughstock life and can sing it from his own experience
- Tyrell Neidhardt, Richardton, ND
I love this song! I think its one of George Strait's best ever. The music and the way he sings it is just awesome!
- Carol, St.Augustine, FL
I live in Amarillo, Tx and I have always hated this song.
- jenny, amarillo, TX
This song was orginally played on a radio station sort of like their tagline. Even though Strait had not even finished the song.
- Carissa, Seattle, WA
My all-time fave modern country hit as well.The lonesome Texas fiddle solo still gives me a chill all these years on. I was wondering though.Is that Terry Stafford by chance the same one who had a sixites hit with Suspicion,the Elvis soundalike?
it is tha nuber 1 country song in my books. i love this song. George Strait is awesome.
- Chad, Kenedy, TX
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