George Strait Issues Statement Following Death Of Longtime Manager
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George Strait Issues Statement Following Death Of Longtime Manager

Renowned Music Manager Erv Woolsey, Celebrated For His Enduring Partnership With Iconic Artist George Strait, Has Passed Away At 80 Years Old.

The news, initially reported by Music Row, marks the conclusion of a storied career that shaped the landscape of country music across multiple decades.

George Strait’s Tribute To Erv Woolsey

George Strait, whose long career was greatly influenced by Woolsey for almost 50 years, expressed his sadness in a heartfelt tribute. Strait mentioned that Woolsey wasn’t just his manager but also a close friend, highlighting their strong bond and all the successes they had together.

“My manager for around 45 years and most importantly my friend for even longer, Erv Woolsey, passed away this morning. He had complications from a surgery and just couldn’t overcome it. He was a very tough man, and fought hard, but sadly it was just too much. We will miss him so very much and will never forget all the time we had together. Won’t ever be the same without him.”



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George Strait And Erv Woolsey’s Partnership

George Strait and Erv Woolsey shared a legendary partnership that spanned nearly five decades, shaping the landscape of country music.

From the outset, Woolsey recognized Strait’s immense talent and potential, guiding him with astute management and unwavering support. One of his significant accomplishments was convincing MCA to sign George Strait in 1981, which launched Strait’s career.

Woolsey’s keen insight and strategic vision complemented Strait’s unparalleled artistry, resulting in a string of chart-topping albums and sold-out concerts. The manager even earned a songwriting credit on several Strait hits, including the 1996 No. 1 hit “I Can Still Make Cheyenne.”

Beyond business, their relationship blossomed into a profound friendship, grounded in mutual respect and shared passion for their craft.

“Shortly after I was signed in 1981, he quit the MCA job and became my manager,” Strait said in an interview with Billboard in 2013. “We’ve been friends and business partners ever since. We’ve had one contract that expired back in the ’80s sometime. We’re still together, even though we’ve never signed another contract.”

Woolsey’s management of George Strait over the years propelled him to iconic status in country music. However, his influence extended beyond just Strait. He also collaborated with artists like Dierks Bentley, Lee Ann Womack, Clay Walker, Ronnie Milsap, and numerous others.

Even in the later stages of his career, Woolsey remained dedicated to nurturing new talent. In recent years, he signed artists such as Ian Munsick, Davisson Brothers Band, Kylie Frey, Triston Marez, Nick Davisson, Zach Neil, Stone Senate, and Vince Herman, showcasing his ongoing commitment to fostering fresh voices in the music industry.

Erv Woolsey is survived by his son Clint, ex-wife Connie, brother David, and sister Beth. Preceding him in death were his parents, John and Mavis Woolsey, and brother Johnny Woolsey.

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