On This Day: Randy Travis’ ‘Always & Forever’ Goes Double-Platinum in 1988

by Madison Miller

Randy Travis certainly had a lot of milestones throughout his career and his life.

He has sold over 25 million records, has won seven Grammy Awards, six CMA Awards, eleven ACM Awards, 10 AMA Awards, as well as a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Travis Goes Double-Platinum

His list of accomplishments can go on extensively. However, on this day in 1988, Randy Travis achieved his very first double-platinum record. This means that his record, “Always & Forever,” had sold over 2 million copies.

This is his second release, his debut was “Storms of Life” the year before. His second album is home to several No. 1 hits like “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “I Told You So.”

In addition to going double-platinum, this album also got him a CMA for Album of the Year. That year he also won Male Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year. This album can be considered a pivotal moment in the singer’s career that put him on the path to being one of the most well-known country artists.

In fact, “Always & Forever” is still his best-selling album to date. It now has over 5 million copies sold.

Randy Travis Recovery

While the singer has seen massive success, it all hasn’t been an easy path. Travis suffered from a stroke in 2013. As a result, he has been battling for seven years to get his mobility, speech, and singing back to its old ways.

He and his wife recently described his journey on Dan Rather’s AXS-TV program, “The Big Interview with Dan Rather.”

Travis performed “Amazing Grace” at the 2016 Country Music Hall of Fame induction ceremony. It was a miraculous moment for fans as they listened to him sing again. The couple revealed in the interview that in order for that to happen, Travis had spent years relearning how to speak and how to play the piano again.

“It was a song that had always been so special to him. One of his last public appearances was at George Jones’ funeral and he sang ‘Amazing Grace,'” Travis’ wife, Mary, said.

She went on to explain that a girl named Tracy, with a music degree, would come in on her lunch hour with a keyboard. Slowly, she started to teach him melody and song again.

Mary said that they spent two months on just the letter “A.” However, after that, everything else came quicker. Eventually, Travis had said he was ready to perform a little bit of the song at the induction ceremony. It shocked fans and the audience.

“When I put that microphone in his hand, he just became Randy Travis again and it was absolutely beautiful … it was the first time he had ever sang a note in public since the stroke.”

H/T: The Boot