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Randy Travis Greatest Hits
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On this Randy Travis greatest hits page you'll find 21 Randy Travis songs, lyric sheets, acoustic demos and purchase links to some of his most well known songs.

Randy Traywick, which is his real name, became active in country music back in 1978. Since those days he recorded 20 albums, released 50 singes and had 16 #1 hit songs.

In 1997 Randy began recording more Christian type tunes which resulted in a #1 hit called "Three Wooden Crosses".

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Who is Randy Travis?

who is randy travis

Randy Travis is a highly acclaimed American country music singer, songwriter, and actor. He was born on May 4, 1959, in Marshville, North Carolina, as Randy Bruce Traywick. With a distinctive baritone voice and a traditional country sound, Travis became a prominent figure in the country music scene.

Travis' breakthrough came in the mid-1980s with the release of his album "Storms of Life" in 1986, which included hit singles like "On the Other Hand" and "1982." His authentic country style resonated with audiences, and he quickly became one of the leading artists of the neo-traditionalist movement in country music.

Throughout his career, Randy Travis achieved numerous chart-topping hits, including classics like "Forever and Ever, Amen," "I Told You So," and "Three Wooden Crosses." He has won multiple Grammy Awards, Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, and Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, solidifying his status as a country music legend.

Apart from his success as a singer, Randy Travis has also ventured into acting, with roles in films such as "The Rainmaker" and "Black Dog." In recent years, Travis faced health challenges, including a stroke in 2013, but his impact on country music remains enduring, and he continues to be celebrated for his contributions to the genre.

Randy Travis Greatest Hits - Tutorials

1. 1982

1982 by randy travis

1982 is a heartfelt country song written by Buddy Blackmon and Vip Vipperman and recorded by Randy Travis. It was released in December 1985 as the second single from his album "Storms of Life."

The song holds a special place in country music, reaching number 6 on the Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart and number 5 in Canada.

In the song, the narrator reflects on a time in 1982 when his former lover was everything to him. Interestingly, the original title of the song was "1962," but Travis and producer Kyle Lehning decided to change it.

Travis explained that he didn't feel comfortable singing about a love lost when he was only a little over two years old. To make the narrative more believable, they revised it to refer to 1982, a mere three years before the recording, adding authenticity to the emotions conveyed. The song has left a lasting impact and was later covered by Garth Brooks for his 2016 box-set "The Ultimate Collection."

Play the chords D, G, C, Am, D7, A7, E, A, Bm and B7 in standard tuning for this one picking a short riff pattern. The rhythm pattern is root down up root up down up or root down up bass up down up.

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2. Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart

hard rock bottom of your heart randy travis

Hard Rock Bottom Of Your Heart by Randy Travis, written by Hugh Prestwood, was released in January 1990 from the album No Holdin' Back. It featured a distinctive harmonica beat in its final 40 seconds.

The song topped the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart for four weeks in March 1990, marking the longest reign in 12 years since Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson's "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys" in 1978.

A capo 2nd puts you back in the original key of E for this one in standard tuning and a root down root up down up rhythm pattern. A bit of lead in this one with the chords G, A, D, Em and Am.

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3. Heart Of Worship

heart of worship randy travis

Heart Of Worship is a track from the 2005 album Glory Train.

This track was never released as a single.

 I play this one with a capo 2nd fret picking a few riffs and playing a down down up down and repeat rhythm pattern. The chords here are G, D, Am, D/Gb, G6 and C.

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4. Horse Called Music

horse called music randy travis

Horse Called Music is a track recorded by Randy Travis back in 1998 from his album "You And You Alone".

The song was written by Wayne Carson, who wrote songs like "The Letter" and one for Willle Nelson called"Always In My Mind".

Randy Travis never released this track as a single.

The rhythm pattern here is a root up down up and repeat and a capo on the 2nd in standard tuning. There is no lead here with the chords C, Am, G, F and Gsus.

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5. If I Didn't Have You

if i didnt have you randy travis

If I Didn't Have You was released by Randy Travis as a single from his greatest hits album in 1992 and it became his 13th #1 hit song.

 The track, penned by Skip Ewing and Max D. Barnes, captured the essence of Travis's distinctive country style and resonated with audiences. Its inclusion in Travis's greatest hits collection only solidified its place among the notable achievements in his discography.

With its soulful lyrics and Travis's emotive delivery, "If I Didn't Have You" stands as a testament to the enduring impact of Travis's music on the country music landscape.

Another number here in standard tuning play an E, A, B7 and a Gb with some picking involved. For rhythm play a root up down up root up down up and repeat pattern.

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6. I'm Gonna Have A Little Talk With Jesus

im gonna have a little talk with jesus randy travis

I'm Gonna Have A Little Talk With Jesus is a track on the Randy Travis album from 1991 entitled "High Lonesome"

This song obviously has a Gospel vibe to it but was never released as a single.

You could play a root down root up down yup rhythm pattern to add something to a solo play as this one is normally all acapella.

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7. Jesus On The Mainline

jesus on the mainline randy travis

Jesus On The Mainline hails from Randy's 2005 album called Glory Train.

This track was never released as a single but has a fast paced up-tempo vibe that starts out with low vocals and transitions to the high end of the key. A real toe-tapper.

This one is in standard tuning with a short picking riff using the chords G, C, Em, D7 and C7. Play a root down up down up down up rhythm pattern and repeat.

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8. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

just a little closer walk with thee randy travis

Just a Closer Walk with Thee is a timeless gospel song and jazz standard that has found its way into the repertoires of numerous artists, including Randy Travis, who recorded it for his 2003 album "Worship and Faith."

This traditional hymn, often performed both instrumentally and vocally, holds a special place in the realm of New Orleans jazz funerals, frequently played during the hymn and dirge section. The lyrics of the song draw inspiration from Biblical passages, specifically 2 Corinthians 5:7, emphasizing walking by faith rather than sight, and James 4:8, encouraging closeness to God for reciprocal nearness.

Elvis Presley's unreleased home recording in 1958, made in Waco, Texas, stands as a notable rendition. Additionally, Tennessee Ernie Ford achieved chart success with the song in the late 1950s. As its popularity soared, over a hundred artists had recorded their own versions by the end of the 1970s. Among them are notable names such as Patsy Cline (1960), Jimmie Rodgers (1960), The Seekers (1965), The Oak Ridge Boys (1987), and Jim Nabors (1989).

Randy Travis's rendition on his "Worship and Faith" album adds to the rich tapestry of interpretations of this cherished gospel classic.

For rhythm here you can play a root down up root up down up and repeat pattern in standard tuning. Some lead in this one while playing the chords G, D7, C, A7, D7 and G7.

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9. Uncloudy Day

the unlouded day randy travis

Uncloudy Day is a cherished gospel song recorded by Randy Travis for his "Worship & Faith" album, has a rich history in church hymnals and a legacy of diverse interpretations by various artists.

The Staple Singers' rendition in 1956, in particular, caught the attention of a young Bob Dylan, who found it profoundly mysterious. Originally a church hymn, the song's popularity transcended religious settings and became a staple in the repertoire of many musicians.

Noteworthy versions include those by Gloria Lynne in 1954, Johnny Cash in 1970, B. J. Thomas, Rory Block in 1981, Myrna Summers in 1981, Don Henley in 1982, Doc Watson in 1990, Sons of the San Joaquin in 1997, Brad Paisley in 2005, Brenda Lee in 2007, The Blind Boys of Alabama in 2008, and Audra Mae in 2011. Each artist's interpretation adds a unique flavor to this timeless gospel classic, showcasing the song's enduring appeal across genres and generations.

Randy Travis never released this song as a single.

You can play this with Drop D Tuning with the chords D, A7 and G but be prepared for some lead work. Play the rhythm pattern root down up down up down up and repeat.

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