With the Houston Rodeo currently going on, and Cody Johnson joining George (and Garth Brooks) as one of only three performers to ever sell out opening night, I wanted to take a look back at one of George Strait’s performances at The Astrodome from 20 years ago.
He sang one of his hits, “Love Without End, Amen,” and actually dedicated it to a couple there in the crowd… President George and Barbara Bush.
The King and his family had spent a weekend with the former President and his wife at Camp David a few years prior to this performance, and he knew that it was one of the President’s favorite songs, so he dedicated it to them:
“My family were real fortunate, a couple years ago, we got a call from President and Mrs. Bush and they invited us to come up to Camp David and spend a weekend.
And that’s, I gotta say, been one of the highlights, if not the very best thing, I’ve ever done in the business, was get to do that. Thank you very much for letting us come up there and be with y’all on such a special weekend. I’ll remember that forever, and so will my wife and son.
And I remember you told me once upon a time that this was one of your favorite songs back then, so I wanna do it for y’all. It’s called ‘Love Without End, Amen.'”
I think we all know at least a little bit about George and Barbara’s fairytale love story, and the couple was married for an impressive 73 years until Barbara’s passing in 2018, which just makes the video that much better.
Written by Aaron Barker, “Love Without End, Amen” was released as the lead single from George’s 1990 album Livin’ It Up, and became his first multi-week #1 hit on the country charts.
I’ll tell ya what, even in a crowd of almost 70,000… that George Strait is smoother than silk: