1987 Could Well Be Called the Year of Randy Travis in Country Music
1987 was a great year for a lot of Country Music artists. The CMA Awards that year are evidence of that.
Future Hall of Famer Reba McEntire went home with the Female Vocalist of the Year honor, while Hank Williams Jr. captured the coveted Entertainer of the Year award (Bocephus also won the relatively new Music Video Of The Year).
Many other now legendary names were nominees and winners that year, people like the Judds, Ricky Skaggs, Dolly Parton, George Strait and many more.
But it can safely be said the night belonged to one artist. Randy Travis.
Randy took home Single of the Year with his hit that has become one of the greatest song's ever recorded, "Forever And Ever, Amen" (Oh, and it was also named Song of the Year for songwriter's Paul Overstreet and Don Schlitz).
But there's more. Randy also walked off the stage with the Album of the Year award for his now classic country album Always And Forever. The reason he received that high honor was because the album was filled with great country music, including the single of the year, plus classic's like "Too Gone, Too Long" and Randy's beautiful ballad "I Told You So."
So let's just go ahead and proclaim it - 1987 was the year of Randy Travis. And with a career like he's had, why in the world isn't he in the Country Music Hall of Fame?