Rewinding the Country Charts: In 1986, Randy Travis Stormed to No. 1

Randy Travis photographed in 1987.

Randy Travis photographed in 1987.

The traditional country singer ruled Top Country Albums with his debut set.

On Aug. 9, 1986, Randy Travis' debut album, Storms of Life, thundered to No. 1 for its first of eight weeks atop Top Country Albums. Produced by Kyle Lehning, the set yielded four Hot Country Songs top 10s, including "On the Other Hand," his first No. 1 that July following its stall at No. 67 as the album's lead single a year earlier.

Ushering in a revival of traditional country, Storms helped Travis, then 27, win the 1986 CMA Horizon Award. His follow-up, 1987's Always & Forever, spent a male-record 43 weeks at No. 1 on Top Country Albums. Travis has collected 16 Hot Country Songs No. 1s and five Top Country Albums No. 1s.

Travis later balanced country and Christian music, tallying five top 10s on the Top Christian Albums chart. In 2009, he joined Carrie Underwood on American Idol for a duet of his 1988 No. 1 "I Told You So" and the collab became his first Billboard Hot 100 top 10, hitting No. 9.

Travis, who suffered a stroke in 2013, will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame this fall.


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