27 Years Ago: George Strait Hits No. 1 With ‘All My Ex’s Live in Texas’
27 years ago today (July 11, 1987), was an important day for George Strait. It was the day the singer took over the No. 1 spot on the charts with his single, ‘All My Ex’s Live in Texas.’
The song was the second single from his ‘Ocean Front Property’ album, which was his first album to debut at No. 1.
Written by Sanger D. Shafer and Linda J. Shafer, the tune’s lyrics bemoan the fact that “Rosanna’s down in Texarcana, wanted me to push her broom / And sweet Ilene’s in Abilene, she forgot I hung the moon / And Allison in Galveston somehow lost her sanity / And Dimples who now lives in Temple’s got the law lookin’ for me.”
The song was part of a long consecutive string of No. 1 songs released by the Texan, including the two other singles from ‘Ocean Front Property’ — the album’s title track and ‘Am I Blue.’ Strait included the song on several of his compilation albums, including ‘Greatest Hits Volume Two’ in 1987, ’20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of George Strait’ in 2002, and ‘Icon 2′ in 2011.
Download the single here.