Gradually, the whole of the U.S. became aware of Strait’s considerable talents. Indeed, during 1983 and 1984 he enjoyed five consecutive Hot Country Songs number one hit singles. And come 1985, he picked up the “Male Vocalist of the Year” CMA award and released a greatest hits collection. Tragically, however, a devastating event lay just around the corner.
Just before midnight on June 25, 1986, Jenifer Strait was riding in a Ford Mustang with her friends when the 18-year-old driver – who was breaking the speed limit and trying to take a turn too quickly – flipped the car over. Jenifer, who wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, was killed almost instantly. She was just 13 years old.