Watch: Fresh-faced George Strait singing ‘Amarillo by Morning’ on ‘ACL’ holds up 30 years later

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Back when country legend George Strait was a lot closer to having just what he had on, the singer took the stage on “Austin City Limits” and introduced “the most requested song ever, even before we recorded it” and launched into Texas anthem “Amarillo by Morning.”

The 1984 performance would have been a few years after then-32-year-old Strait gained recognition for his debut hit “Unwound” but, according to Wide Open Country, was his second performance in front of the mock Austin skyline.

Characteristic of the “King of Country,” the performance is both effortless and moving. To gauge the timelessness of Strait’s performances, compare the above video to a rendition of the same song three months ago, also here in Austin:

Although the singer announced his retirement from touring last year, so long as the sun is high in that Texas sky, King Strait will reign.

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