Forever and Ever, Amen
Writer(s): Paul Overstreet, Don Schlitz (see lyrics here)
Released: March 25, 1987
First Charted: April 25, 1987
Peak: 13 CW, 55 UK, 7 DF (Click for codes to singles charts.)
Sales (in millions): 0.97 US
Airplay/Streaming (in millions): 2.0 radio, 72.7 video, 121.37 streaming
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About the Song:
Randy Bruce Traywick was born in 1959 and, after dropping out of high school and struggling with juvenile delinquency, launched his singing career in 1978 with Paula Records. He achieved minor success with the #91 hit “She’s My Woman” on the country charts, but struggled to get signed to a major label. He was finally signed to Warner Bros. who packaged him as “a modern cowboy hero.” AC His first album, Storms of Life, produced a #6 hit with “1982” and the chart-topping “On the Other Hand.”
The latter was written by Don Schlitz (Kenny Rogers’ “The Gambler”) and Paul Overstreet, who teamed up again for “Love Without End, Amen,” which became the biggest hit of Travis’ career. Schlitz said the song grew out of his wife’s son telling her, “Mommy, I love you forever and ever, amen.” TR He shared the idea with Overstreet and they sat on his porch with the lights off (so as to not attract bugs) and scrawled out the words with pencil on a legal pad to candlelight. TR
They immediately thought they had a hit on their hands and Overstreet went into the studio the next day to record a voice-and-guitar demo. TR Their instinct was right – it became “one of the finest written in country’s modern age.” AC Travis was reportedly “fond of the song immediately.” WK Its three weeks at #1 made it the biggest country hit since Johnny Lee’s “Lookin’ for Love” in 1980.
The song solidified Travis’ image as someone who “appealed equally to grandmothers, mothers, and daughters. Even macho men took a liking to him.” AC He also attracted “a large core of fans outside the normal country crowd.” AC The song became one of the most awarded country songs in music history, having won Single and Song of the Year honors from the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association as well as the Grammy for Best Country Song. It was also named Country Song of the Year by Billboard magazine and the American Music Awards.
First posted 11/2/2021; last updated 8/27/2022.