Randy Travis’ First Album “Storms Of Life” Was #1 On Country Charts In 1986

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On this day, July 26, 1986, thirty-seven years ago, Randy Travis was surely engaged in a great deal of celebration. The artist scored his first No. 1 single with the song “On the Other Hand,” which was taken from his debut album, Storms of Life. This achievement occurred on that particular date.




In the narrative “On the Other Hand,” which was written by Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz, the protagonist is a man who is enticed by another woman while wearing a wedding band on one hand. The story is told from the perspective of the gentleman.

Randy Travis' First Album “Storms Of Life” Was #1 On Country Charts In 1986

The theme for another song was something that we were attempting to write. According to Overstreet, who was interviewed by Country Weekly, “It was the idea that when you have one woman, you shouldn’t be looking for another one.” When we were in the middle of the song, Don said, “but on the other hand,” and I responded by saying, “There’s a golden band.”




We were kind of bantering some lines back and forth. When we stared at each other after that, we kind of got that glitter in our eyes, and we finished it off in a very short amount of time. After that, we moved on to lunch.

It was initially published as the debut single from Storms of Life, and it remained on the charts without even coming close to reaching the Top 40. However, “On the Other Hand” eventually made its way to the top spot, which was an unusual ride. However, after Travis had success with his song “1982,” which reached its highest position at No. 6, “On the Other Hand” was re-released, and it made a meteoric rise to the very top of the charts.




The song “On the Other Hand” is not only included on the album Storms of Life but it is also included on the album Greatest Hits, Volume 1 by Randy Travis and the project titled I Told You So: The Ultimate Hits of Randy Travis album.

Randy Travis’ First Album “Storms Of Life” Was #1 On Country Charts In 1986

Randy Travis' First Album “Storms Of Life” Was #1 On Country Charts In 1986

It was a significant year for Randy Travis, as it was the year that he published his debut album. It was his true name, Randy Traywick, that he adopted for the title of the album. Paula Records was the label that distributed the album, and it resulted in the publication of two singles, the most successful of which was “She’s My Woman.”




The word “no” was one that Travis had been accustomed to hearing from Nashville record labels by the early 1980s. Fortunately for his followers, he was tenacious and would finally receive the news that he had been laboring so hard to obtain. For Randy Travis, the year 1982 marked the beginning of a period of transition. Both year he signed a contract with Warner Bros.

Records and the year he received his stage name are considered to be the same year. In 1985, Travis released a single titled “On the Other Hand,” which was distributed by Warner Bros. Keith Whitley was the one who initially released the song, but Travis released it as a single, and it reached its highest position on the Billboard chart at number 67.




It was only one year after the song’s initial release that the artist re-released “On the Other Hand,” and this time it reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In the same year, Travis released his first studio album, which was titled Storms of Life. On the list were the songs “Diggin’ Up Bones” (another number one) and “1982.”

Randy Travis' First Album “Storms Of Life” Was #1 On Country Charts In 1986

By 1987, Randy had already garnered a number of major singles. That year, he released Always and Forever, which topped the Billboard Country Albums chart and became his first album to reach that position. A number of singles reached number one on the album. The song “Forever and Ever, Amen” was one of them, and it continues to be a favorite among fans even today. He was awarded both a Grammy and an American Country Music Award for the song.




In 1988, Travis continued his popularity with the release of his album Old 8 x 10, which was instrumental in his achievement of three American Music Awards. All of the singles that were released from the album, with the exception of one, were a number one hit. In 1989, Travis released his first Christmas record as well as his album titled “No Holdin’ Back.” In addition, he was awarded yet another Grammy for his work on Old 8 x 10.

The single “Hard Rock Bottom of Your Heart” was released by Travis in the year 1990 and remained at the top of the charts for a total of four weeks. This is the singer’s No. 1 hit that has lasted the longest ever. It was in the same year that he released Heroes & Friends.




Elizabeth Hatcher was the woman that Travis wed for the first time in the year 1991. Their marriage lasted till the year 2010. In the same year, he also released his seventh studio album, which was titled High Lonesome. Several of the tracks on the album were written by Alan Jackson in collaboration with other artists. Randy Travis released his album Wind in the Wire in 1993, which marked his return to the music industry after a year-long hiatus from singing and performing. However, due to the fact that it was produced to accompany a television series with the same name, he was not too far removed from the competitive world of acting.




Randy Travis released his album Wind in the Wire in 1993, which marked his return to the music industry after a year-long hiatus from singing and performing. However, due to the fact that it was produced to accompany a television series with the same name, he was not too far removed from the competitive world of acting.

Randy Travis' First Album “Storms Of Life” Was #1 On Country Charts In 1986

He proceeded to pursue his passion for acting in the year 1996. He was seen in the television shows Frasier and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, as well as in the movie Edie & Pen. It was in that same year that he released Full Circle, which would turn out to be his final album with Warner BrosFor Randy Travis, 1997 was a year of transition and transformation. He moved on to DreamWorks after leaving Warner Bros. During that same year, he also appeared in a number of films and one television series.




You and You Alone is the tenth studio album that Travis has published, and it was released in the year 1998. In addition to having four songs that were charted on the Billboard charts, the album also featured a tune that featured Patrick Swayze’s backing vocals. Moreover, he portrayed the role of Earl in the movie Black Dog.

Travis’s last album to be released by DreamWorks was titled A Man Ain’t Made of Stone, and it was released in the year 1999. Following the release of this mainstream country album, Travis’ music started to take on a more gospel-influenced sound.The year 2000 saw the publication of the gospel album titled Inspirational Journey by Randy Travis. On the Billboard Top Country Albums list, the record reached its highest position at number 34. Additionally, he continued to perform in films and television shows.




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