"Hey, George. I remember meeting you back in [1983]. You were just getting started. I was playing with Rosanne [Cash] and you filled in at the Livestock Show. [Strait made his debut at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo as a last-minute substitute for an ailing Eddie Rabbitt]. And I remember saying, 'Now there goes a cowboy who can sing.' I had nothing but high hopes for you. And that's my favorite memory. And, for me, 'Amarillo by Morning,' that's always been one of my favorites.

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