10 Things You Didn’t Know About Randy Travis
Randy Travis is one of the biggest country stars of all time. The singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor rose to fame in the mid-80s with his debut album, Storms of Life, which sold more than four million copies! Since then he’s recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 50 singles, 16 of which were No. 1 hits. Despite a long hiatus from the music industry and suffering through a great deal of health issues, Randy Travis has maintained a loyal fan following and was even inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2016. The country singer has a birthday coming up, so here’s a look at 10 things you probably didn’t know about Randy Travis!
10. Name Change
Randy Travis’ real name is actually Randy Traywick. In the early days of his career he went by this name and even recorded an album under it, but eventually adopted the stage name “Randy Ray.” From there he changed his name to Randy Travis to honor his favorite musician, Merle Travis, who passed away in 1983, two years before Randy rose to fame under the new moniker.
Born on May 4, 1959 in Marshville, North Carolina, Randy is the second oldest of six children. His mother was named Bobbie Tucker, she worked in a textile factory, while his father, Harold Traywick, is credited as a horse breeder, turkey farmer, substitute school teacher and construction business owner.