CMA Awards 1988: Dolly Parton Sits On Randy Travis’ Lap & Makes Him Blush: “If I Was 20 Years Younger…”

In less than a week…

The 56th Annual CMA Awards Show returns to Nashville’s Bridgestone area and is hosted by Luke Bryan and Peyton Manningwhich will likely be another slumberfest, although I find Peyton Manning agreeable.

And many of the nominated artists don’t even sing country music, this year’s crop is a lot better than previous years (things are looking good folks).

But if you want a good laugh tonight, we’re going to be live-tweeting the whole thing, so you’ll definitely want to be a part of it Twitter:

However, there used to be a time when the CMAs nominated and recognized some truly great and legendary artists.

And these artists knew how to have a little fun on the show, like Alan and George did back then straight-forward, skewered pop-country on stage when Charlie Rich was so drunk that he ignited the envelope of John Denverand more recently, as Sturgill Simpson trolled the whole show as he stepped outside the arena with his Grammy in his guitar case.

And before tonight’s show, I want to take a look back at the 1988 CMA Awards.

In one of my favorite moments in CMA history, Dolly Parton about gave a boy Randy Travis A heart attack right there on live national television while she was sitting on his lap told him if she were younger and single it would be game over for him:

“Guys, you know this guy is single.

And I just want you to know that if I was 20 years younger and single and you liked little blondes with big hair and big…ideas, I would make you fight for your money!”

Randy took it really well, as I imagine any man would with Dolly Parton sitting on his lap that night and laughing along with everyone else in the audience.

Remember when the CMAs still had a decent sense of humor?

They wanted to mess with him a bit since Randy was still relatively new to the country music scene, and that year he was nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Single of the Year, and Song of the Year, as well as Singer of the Year for the year he did won.

The next year, 1989, he was nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year, and Album of the Year, and presented the Female Vocalist of the Year award.

And Dolly was tricked into sneaking up on Randy again as he went out to present the award and it ended in a fun little chat that I really wish we had more of on these shows.

You know, a little personality:

“Hi Randy, I just wanted to come here and make sure you don’t need me.”

And since this time he’s clearly caught up in the joke and what’s happening with Dolly, he responds with the perfect line:

“Well, I could. It’s a tough job.”


It was all the start of a wonderful friendship because the next year Dolly and Randy recorded “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” together for his 1990 release Heroes & Friends Recording: CMA Awards 1988: Dolly Parton Sits On Randy Travis’ Lap & Makes Him Blush: “If I Was 20 Years Younger…”

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