THIS DAY IN MUSIC……………………………………..on June 26th of 1984 George Strait records “The Cowboy Rides Away” in a late-night session at the Sound Stage in Nashville. Written by Sonny Throckmorton and Casey Kelly, and recorded by American country music artist George Strait. It was released in January 1985 as the second single from his album Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind. It peaked at number 5 on the United States Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, and at number 3 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada. It is the song used by Strait to close out his performances. This is also the name of his last and final tour commencing January 18, 2013. George Harvey Strait was born on May 18, 1952, in Poteet, Texas, to John Byron Strait, Sr. (January 11, 1922 – June 4, 2013), and Doris Jean Couser (June 26, 1930 – January 30, 2010). He grew up in nearby Pearsall, in Frio County, where his father was a junior high school mathematics teacher and the owner of a 2,000-acre cattle ranch outside of Big Wells, Texas. The year 1982 also saw the release of Strait’s second album, the critically acclaimed Strait from the Heart, which featured the first number one single of his career, “Fool Hearted Memory”, and the top five “Amarillo by Morning”, regarded by many as one of the greatest country songs of all-time. Strait recorded 17 subsequent No. 1’s in the decade, including a string of five that lasted from 1983–84 from his next two albums Right or Wrong, his first number one album and the CMA award-winning Does Fort Worth Ever Cross Your Mind. On September 26, 2012, Strait announced that he was retiring from touring, and that his Cowboy Rides Away Tour would be his last.