On This Date: Randy Travis’ “Forever and Ever, Amen” Was #1 On Country Charts In 1987

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Randy Travis

Does it get any better than 1980s Randy Travis?

The artist had the country music industry in the palm of his hands during the late ’80s and ’90s, and a song that really put Travis on the map was the 1987 hit song “Forever and Ever, Amen.”

The song was written by Don Schlitz and Paul Overstreet and obviously was made famous by country star Randy Travis. “Forever and Ever, Amen” was released with Travis’ album Always & Forever and acted as the album’s first single.

After it was released in March of 1987, the tune quickly made its way to the Billboard country charts in the following month. Fans and critics alike loved the sentimental song, and it peaked at number one on June 13th and impressively stayed in that spot for the next three weeks.

The song eventually won a Grammy in 1988 for Best Country and Western song, and also was recognized as the Song of the Year by the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.

Almost 30 years after the song was released, the RIAA announced that it was certified Gold, which was the first of Travis’ solo singles to earn that certification.

From the moment that Travis was first pitched with the song, he loved the meaning and the message, and clearly the country music industry felt the same way. The chorus of the song sings:

“Oh, baby, I’m gonna love you foreverForever and ever amenAs long as old men sit and talk about the weatherAs long as old women sit and talk about old men

If you wonder how long I’ll be faithfulI’ll be happy to tell you againI’m gonna love you forever and everForever and ever, amen”

Since Randy Travis suffered a stroke a decade ago, his singing capacity has been limited, but artists who have decided to sing the song on stage in dedication to Travis have happily welcomed him on stage with them to powerfully deliver the song’s final “amen.”

Transport yourself back to the late 1980s and take in Randy Travis’ all-time classic hit “Forever and Ever, Amen:”

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