Randy Travis celebrates a milestone that some thought he would never see YouTube

It was March 7, 1986 when a then-unknown hopeful strode across the Grand Ole Opry’s stage and took his place for the very first time in the famed circle.

That man was Randy Travis.

Little Jimmy Dickens was the man who made Randy’s dreams come true as he introduced him to the Opry stage just three months before Randy’s debut album, “Storms Of Life,” was released. It’s not hard to believe Travis wowed the Opry crowd that night with the Hank Williams classic “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry.”

That year was a big one for Travis. On top of debuting at the Opry, his first three singles “1982,” “On The Other Hand” and “Diggin’ Up Bones” propelled “Storms Of Life” to triple platinum status and Randy to being inducted as an official card carrying member of the famed institution in December of that year. Since then, he has gone on to a career of more than  25 million albums sold and nearly two dozen No.1 songs.

A series of medical issues have rendered Randy voiceless since 2013, but he has been making improvements and recently took the stage and sang publicly for the first time in years.

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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