Country music fans, Randy Travis is celebrating his birthday today!  Randy turns 56 today.  Did you know that Randy Travis is not his real name?

Randy Travis was actually born Randy Bruce Traywick and he was born in Monroe, North Carolina in 1959. Randy started his music career back in 1978 and his stage name was Randy Ray.  In 1982 record executives told him to change his name to Randy Travis.

Randy didn't get noticed nationally until the release of his highly successful first album "Storms of Life" which spawned the hits "1982 and On the other hand".

In the late 1980s he had a string of hits, including "No Place Like Home" and "Diggin' Up Bones". A song from his second Warner Brothers album Always and Forever spwned the mega hit titled "Forever and Ever, Amen".

On July 7, 2013, Randy Travis was admitted to a Dallas area hospital for viral cardiomyopathy after a viral upper respiratory infection. Three days later, Travis suffered a stroke and had to undergo brain surgery.

Since then, Travis has been recovering and it has never been disclosed if he will ever be at 100% aain or be able to ever tour and perform again.

Happy Birthday Randy.  Thanks for the memories and great music!