Before Randy Travis sold over 25 million records, had 22 number one hits, six Grammy Awards, six CMA Awards, nine AMA Awards and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, he was Randy Bruce Traywick, a young man from North Carolina chasing his dream and trying to make ends meet in Nashville, TN.
Prior to his musical success, Travis worked at the Nashville Palace nightclub just outside of Music City, as a cook. Who knew that just a few short years later he would become a country music legend!
While living in Nashville, Randy Bruce Traywick became Randy Ray.
In 1983, before he made it big, Travis (then Randy Ray) interviewed and performed at the Nashville Palace in his very first TV appearance. In the rare video below, Travis opened up about his troubled past, admitting that between ages ten to seventeen, he had many run-ins with the law.
Travis admitted that one woman opened his eyes to his ways, and changed his life for the better. He said,
I started working for a lady in a club called Country City in Charlotte. I started working for her when I was about seventeen, and ever since then it's been a lot different... I'd say she had changed me more so than anybody.
Travis then talks about his songs and what inspired them. He credits his life experiences and says a big inspiration came from, "working in clubs all these years, the things I've seen and all the other people, also. Just observing other people."
After a brief interview, Travis began singing one of his greatest hits, "I Told You So."
Just three years after this performance, Travis became a superstar following the re-release of "On The Other Hand." The song became the first of many No. 1 hit songs, and the rest was history! Randy Travis has since become a household name, and is still one of the most iconic artists in the country music world!
You don't want to miss out on this rare performance, so check it out below!
Suppose I called you up tonight
And told you that I love you
And suppose I said I want to come back home
And suppose I cried and said I think I finally learned my lesson
And I'm tired of spending all my time alone
If I told you that I realized you're all I ever wanted
And it's killing me to be so far away
Would you tell my that you love me too
And would we cry together
Or would you simply laugh at me and say...
I told you so, I told you so
I told you some day you'd come crawling back
And asking me to take you in
I told you so, but you had to go
Now I've found somebody new
And you will never break my heart in two again
If I got down on my knees
And told you I was yours forever
Would you get down on yours too and take my hand
Would we get that old-time feeling
Would we laugh and talk for hours
The way we did when our love first began
Would you tell me that you've missed me too
And that you've been so lonely
And you've waited for the day that I returned
And we'd live and love forever
And that I'm your one and only
Or would you say the tables finally turned
And would you say...
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