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Today in Country Music October 9 featuring Randy Travis - Honky Tonk Moon

Posted By: Barry Kent · 10/9/2012 10:12:00 AM

Today in Country Music, October 9.

On this day in 2011, Taylor Swift told a Los Angeles radio station that if she goes more than 14 days without writing a song she panics. She said "I sit there and have like an anxiety attack and I feel like I'm never going to write a song again."

Today in in 2004, Tim Mcgraw's CD, Live Like You Were Dying was certified double platinum for two million in sales.

The CMA single of the year belonged to Keith Whitley for  I'm No Stranger To The Rain and Clint Black won the horizon award in 1989.

And on this day in 1988, Randy Travis was on top of the country charts with Honky Tonk Moon.

"Honky Tonk Moon" was written by Dennis O'Rourke and recorded by Randy Travis in 1988. It was the lead off single released from his album, Old 8x10. It became his seventh and fifth consecutive #1 hit in the United States. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.

Old 8×10 was Randy Travis’ third album and was released on July 12, 1988 by Warner Bros. Records Nashville. The album produced the singles "Honky Tonk Moon", "Deeper Than the Holler", "Is It Still Over", and "Promises". All of these except "Promises" reached Number One on the Hot Country Songs charts in the late 1980s. The German edition of the album (the first Randy Travis release in that country) contained the bonus track "Forever and Ever, Amen". In January 1990, Old 8×10 earned Travis three American Music Awards for 'Favorite Country Male Artist', 'Favorite Country Album', and 'Favorite Country Single' (Deeper Than the Holler).

Track listing

  1. "Honky Tonk Moon" (Dennis O'Rourke) - 2:49
  2. "Deeper Than the Holler" (Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz) - 3:39
  3. "It's Out of My Hands" (John Lindley, Randy Travis) - 4:11
  4. "Is It Still Over?" (Ken Bell, Larry Henley) - 3:11
  5. "Old 8×10" (Joe Chambers, Larry Jenkins) - 2:57
  6. "Written in Stone" (Mac McAnally, Schlitz) - 3:14
  7. "The Blues in Black and White" (Wayland Holyfield, Verlon Thompson) - 2:59
  8. "Here in My Heart" (David Lynn Jones) - 3:11
  9. "We Ain't Out of Love Yet" (Larry Henley, Gene Pistilli) - 2:23
  10. "Promises" (John Lindley, Randy Travis) - 4:01

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