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Flashback: Randy Travis Honors a Sacred Vow with ‘On the Other Hand’

In 1986, the great Randy Travis taught fans that country music isn’t only about cheating. It is also occasionally about fighting the urge to give into temptations and be a stand-up man in a downright difficult situation.

The anti-adultery “On the Other Hand”, which originally appeared on Keith Whitley’s 1985 album, L.A. to Miami, served as one of Travis’s many No. 1 hits, peaking on both the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles and Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts. Often receiving an eager and positive crowd response, “On the Other Hand” has become one of Travis’s fan base’s most beloved tracks in his lengthy catalog.

Unfortunately, the country music icon was stricken by illness in 2013, placing the singer in critical condition and causing him to undergo major brain surgery. Incredibly, and against all odds, Travis began to recover and has continued an uphill battle to regain his physical and verbal skills.

Due to a stroke, Travis’s speech has been substantially impaired, therefore he has not returned to singing. However, his wife has shared that Travis continues to follow treatment plans in hopes of reaching maximum recovery and, ideally, someday returning to his home on stage.

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Flashback: Randy Travis Honors a Sacred Vow with ‘On the Other Hand’