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28 Years Ago: Randy Travis’ ‘Always & Forever’ Goes Double Platinum

Randy Travis Always and Forever
Warner Bros. Records

Twenty-eight years ago today (Jan. 29, 1988), Randy Travis achieved a new career milestone: It was on this day that the singer-songwriter earned his first double-platinum album, signifying sales in excess of 2 million copies, with his Always & Forever disc.

The record, Travis’ sophomore release, came out in 1987 and spawned four No. 1 singles, including “Forever and Ever, Amen” and “I Told You So.” It stayed at the top of the country charts for several weeks that year and the next, becoming the year-end No. 1 album in 1988.

Always & Forever earned Travis a CMA Award for Album of the Year in 1987, the same year he won Male Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year, the latter for “Forever and Ever, Amen.” That song won two ACM Awards in 1987 as well, for Single Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Always & Forever also earned Travis his first Grammy Award, for Best Country Vocal Performance, Male.

Always & Forever remains Travis’ best-selling album to date, with more than 5 million copies sold. Download the entire record on iTunes.

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