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May 4

Why today? It’s Randy Travis’ 51st birthday, as well as the 23rd anniversary of the date his second album — which included this clever song — was released.

About the record: Warner Bros. 7-28384, recorded in January 1987 in Nashville. Released in March of that year, reaching the top of Billboard‘s country chart. Also appeared on the LP Always & Forever, Warner Bros. 25568, released May 4, 1987. It reached No. 1 on Billboard‘s country album chart, and No. 19 on the pop album chart.

“Forever And Ever, Amen” was the first of four singles off Randy Travis’ second album, all of which topped the charts. The Don Schlitz and Paul Overstreet composition won the Grammy for best country song, and the Academy of Country Music named it Song of the Year. I love the line “But honey I don’t care — I ain’t in love with your hair, and if it all fell out, I’d love you anyway.”

About the artist: Follow the links on this post from the 3 Chords a Day archives. And listen to another great number from the earliest days of Randy Travis’ career.