George Strait goes for "Classic Christmas" in October
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George Strait goes for "Classic Christmas" in October

Monday, July 7, 2008 – George Strait's upcoming holiday disc will be called "Classic Christmas" and be released Oct. 7, it was announced Monday. The album's 10 traditional holiday songs are Strait's personal favorites. Songs include "We Three Kings," "Up on the Housetop" and classics such as "Hark, The Herald Angels Sing," "Deck the Halls," "O Come, All Ye Faithful" and "We Wish You A Merry Christmas."

"I wanted to put together a collection of my favorite traditional Christmas songs that I grew up listening to," said Strait. "It was hard to narrow it down to 10 of them, but I think I've done it. I hope these songs bring back good memories for my fans like they have for me."

The disc will be third holiday effort for Strait and his first since 1999'2 "Merry Christmas Wherever You Are." Strait has 56 number 1 songs, more than any other artist including all genres of music. He has sold more than 68 million records, garnering him 32 different platinum or multi-platinum albums. The only recording artists with more RIAA certified platinum albums are The Beatles with 39 and Elvis Presley with 45. Strait's 37th album, "Troubadour," debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 and the Top Country Albums chart. The first single from Troubadour, "I Saw God Today," topped the charts making it his 56th number 1 hit.

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