Randy Travis - "Once You´ve Had The Best"
Published at : 30 Nov 2020
Album: The Grand Tour
Låtskrivere: Johnny Paycheck
Randy Travis Once You´ve Had The Best-
George Jones And Friends 50th Anniversary Tribute Concert 2007
Label: New West Records
Release Date DVD: 2007
In 2004, George Jones celebrated 50 years as a country music legend with a tribute concert recorded for PBS's SOUNDSTAGE program. Hosted by Reba McEntire, the concert presents live performances of Jones's greatest hits by 20 country luminaries, including Emmylou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Alan Jackson, Vince Gill, Kenny Chesney, and Martina McBride.
"Once You've Had the Best" is a ballad written and originally recorded by Johnny Paycheck. It is best remembered for the rendition recorded by George Jones, who scored a #3 hit with it in late 1973. "Once You've Had the Best" originally appeared on Paycheck's 1973 album Mr. Lovemaker. The Jones version, which contains a more optimistic tone, became the singer's second Top 5 solo hit with Epic Records. Paycheck's first big break came when he was hired as the bass player for Jones' backing band the Jones Boys in the mid 1960s before beginning his own successful solo career a few years later. The pair would also record a duet album, Double Trouble, in 1980. "Once You've Had the Best" became a live staple for Jones, who almost always performed the song after the show opener as a gesture to his audience
Randy Bruce Traywick (born May 4, 1959), known professionally as Randy Travis, is an American country music and Christian country music singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor.
Active since 1978, he has recorded 20 studio albums and charted more than 50 singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including sixteen that reached the No. 1 position. Considered a pivotal figure in the history of country music, Travis broke through in the mid-1980s with the release of his album Storms of Life, which sold more than four million copies. The album established him as a major force in the neotraditional country movement. Travis followed up his successful debut with a string of platinum and multi-platinum albums. He is known for his distinctive baritone vocals, delivered in a traditional style that has made him a country music star since the 1980s.
By the mid-1990s, Travis saw a decline in his chart success. In 1997, he left Warner Bros. Records for DreamWorks Records and then for Word Records, where he began recording more Christian material. Although the career shift produced only one more number-one country hit "Three Wooden Crosses," Travis went on to earn several Dove Awards, including Country Album of the Year five times. In addition to his singing career, he pursued an acting career, appearing in numerous films and television series, including The Rainmaker (1997) with Matt Damon, Black Dog (1998) with Patrick Swayze, Texas Rangers (2001) with James Van Der Beek, and seven episodes of the Touched by an Angel television series.
Travis has sold over 25 million records and has won seven Grammy Awards, six CMA Awards, eleven ACM Awards, 10 AMA Awards, eight Dove Awards, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2016, Travis was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.