On April 25, 1988, George Strait launched the heartbreaking song “Baby Blue” as the second single from his album If You Ain’t Lovin’, You Ain’t Livin’. Even though it wasn’t officially confirmed, several believed the song to be all about an unfortunate time in George’s personal life, when his daughter, Jenifer, died in a car accident.
Jenifer was the eldest child of George and his wife, Norma. They also have a son called “Bubba.” In 1986, the Strait family were struck by a traumatic event when their 13-year-old Jenifer died in a car incident. Jenifer, who had been seated in the front passenger’s seat, was in part thrown from the vehicle when the car turned over. She died in the collision, and this changed George’s life forever.
For quite some time, George made an effort to steer clear of the press and gave up on giving interviews because he was far too heartbroken to speak about Jenifer’s passing. However, that did not prevent him from talking about his emotions through his songs, especially “Baby Blue.”
Even though “Baby Blue” wasn’t entirely written by George himself, it appears to be composed mainly for him. The song’s narrator talks about a wonderful girl having baby blue eyes, the same as Jenifer’s very own baby blues.
In the chorus, the narrator mourns the death of blue-eyed girl, with the lines: “And baby blue was the color of her eyes./Baby blue like the Colorado skies./Like a breath of spring, she came and left,/And I still don’t know why.”
The heartbreaking song became a big hit, and reached the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart after its launch.
Apart from “Baby Blue,” George made certain Jenifer continued on through the charity created in her name, known as the Jenifer Lynn Strait Foundation, which donates funds to San Antonio Children’s charitable groups even today.
Hear George sing this tragic song, “Baby Blue,” below, and watch the slideshow of Jenifer’s photos.
We can’t even think about the pain Jenifer’s passing has caused George. May she rest in peace, and let’s continue to pray for her and their family.