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'Friends In Low' Should Have Been A George Strait Song

August 6, 2018

Sooo what if George Strait would have recorded "Friends in Low Places"? It could have been one of George's biggest hits. In fact, had Garth Brooks gotten his way, the King of Country would have taken the song to No. 1!

On page 82 of Garth Brooks' new book The Anthology Part 1, he revealed that George Strait passed on the song!

"The reason they asked me to do the demo was because I wanted to be George Strait for years, so I do a pretty good impersonation of him," Brooks says. "So the original demo of ‘Friends in Low Places’ I did my best George Strait on it before I ever had a record deal."

Whether or not George Strait heard the song, or if someone else from his team decided it wasn't right for him isn't known. The two have never talked about the song, and Garth considers himself lucky to have ended up with the song. 

It's not the only hit Strait passed on. Earlier this year he confessed that he turned down "Tennessee Whiskey," a song originally cut by George Jones and recently made famous by Chris Stapleton. Of course, he's not hurting for hits with 60 No. 1 songs to his credit.