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Ronnie Milsap

Ronnie Milsap was one of the major figures of country music in the 1970s, developing a hybrid of country and pop that brought him a large audience. Milsap was born in Robbinsville, NC, and was raised by his father and grandparents following his parents' divorce. He was born blind from congenital glaucoma, and when he was five, he began attending the Governor Moorhead School for the Blind. When he was seven, his instructors noticed his extraordinary musical talents and he began to study classical music formally. A single year after he began learning the violin, Milsap was declared a virtuoso; he also mastered piano, guitar, and a variety of other stringed instruments, as well as various woodwinds. Eventually, he became interested in rock & roll music and while still in school formed his first rock band, the Apparitions. He briefly attended college in Atlanta where he studied pre-law; though he was awarded a comprehensive scholarship, Milsap decided to become a full-time musician instead. His first professional gig was as a member of J.J. Cale's band in the early '60s.

In 1965, Milsap started his own band and four years later, after having an R&B hit with "Never Had It So Good," moved to Memphis to become a session musician. There he frequently worked for Chips Moman and can be heard playing keyboards on Elvis' "Kentucky Rain" and singing harmony on "Don't Cry Daddy." When not doing session work, Milsap and his backing group were the house band at TJ's Club. In 1970, he had a pop hit with "Loving You Is a Natural Thing." Following its success, in 1971 he released his eponymous debut. Two years later, Milsap moved to Nashville in hopes of jump-starting his flagging career and became a client of Charley Pride's manager, Jack D. Johnson. Within a year, he signed to RCA Victor, where he would remain for the bulk of his career. "I Hate You," his first single for RCA, reached the country Top Ten in the summer of 1973. The following year, he had three number one hits in a row -- "Pure Love," "Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends," and "(I'd Be) A Legend in My Time," a cover of Don Gibson's classic.

Milsap had a handful of Top Ten hits in 1975, but in late 1976 he became a genuine star, with a string of six number one hits in a row. In turn, that string of hits began a remarkable run where Milsap didn't leave the Top Ten for 15 straight years. During that time, he had a number of pop crossover hits, beginning with 1977's "It Was Almost Like a Song." Between 1980 and 1982, Milsap had ten more consecutive number one hits, including the crossover smashes "Smoky Mountain Rain," "No Gettin' Over Me," and "Any Day Now." Milsap had yet another string of uninterrupted number one hits between 1985 and 1987, racking up eight consecutive chart toppers. He had his last number one hit in 1989, when "A Woman in Love" spent two weeks on the top of the charts. In total, he had 35 number one singles.

In the early '90s, Milsap's commercial appeal began to decline -- after 1992, he wasn't able to break into the country Top Ten. Nevertheless, he continued to record. In 1992, he left RCA and signed to Liberty, where he recorded True Believer, which failed to yield any major hits. Despite his decline in popularity, Milsap continued to record and perform successfully throughout the '90s. Working with producer Jerry F. Sharell, Milsap released the non-country Just For a Thrill in 2004, following it with a return to country (and a return to RCA) with 2006's My Life. The two-disc gospel album Then Sings My Soul landed in 2009, with another country album, Country Again, appearing in 2011. An album featuring new recordings of classic pop, R&B and country songs, Summer Number 17, was released early in 2014. ~ Sandra Brennan & Steve Leggett, Rovi
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Uummmm when I think of 3/31 Ronny uuummmmm
I love this song so much i miss scotty lawless so much
This song is me and my boyfriend song I love u Scotty Lawless
When is your birthday
And my friends think I don't listen to modern music but I do, back in your days. I LOVE YOU!!!
Ronnie I'm 11 years old and I have been listening to you and music like you for 10 years
Your the best singer Ronnie. I'm only 12 and I love his music!!!!
I can't wait till Dec 5, I get to see him perform at the country tonight theater here in TN... Ronnies music is pure poetry and feeling, it's hard to come by that anymore...
Outstanding!
With Apure voice, Ronnie owned the 70's
cheyannellee d s
Dude Ronnie Milsap is amazing! I'm 15 going on 16 and i love the oldies way way more than i could ever love the newer stuff. Ronnie milsap though, is by far the best.
I LOVE Ronnie milsap for years. Thanks RONNIE
i love Ronnie Milsap! he is my all time favorite male country artist!
Omg I love this song sorry but I love old country music better
Is it normal for a 13 yr. old to love Ronnie Milsaps music??? Btw I LOVE YOUR MUSIC!!!
Ronnie Milsap ,u r awesome love all his songs !!!
tombrown6998
Saw him in person a couple of years ago at the TX State Fair here in Austin. His voice was as strong as it was 30 yrs ago.
His voice is awesome. Brings back memories!
I love his song Play it again!!!
He is my living all-time favorite singer...I used to have everything that he recorded on Vinyl up until about 2002... My name is Ronald Lee G. and I read in his biography that his name is Ronald Lee... and in a magazine article that I read back in the 1970's he stated that his all-time favorite singer was Jim Reeves (which is my other all-time favorite singer.) In 1981 he did a whole album of Jim Reeve's songs titled Out Where the Bright Lights Are Glowing.
one of the best all time country singers
His music is great.
all time great singers!
Everybody needs to hear his recording; ROLL THE DICE and listen to it loud! It will bring down the house!!!
cehernandez1 5
Yeha

I love this song
wish Pandora would find prisoner of the highway from Ronnie it is my favorite from him
cpoabel
What a blessed voice.
Sweet memories of the 80s
icebuilderjo n
Ronnie Milsap...Tru l y one of the very best country singers of all time!!
Love it :) BO$$
nataliealayn a 1 2 3 4
I love it
leslie06777
Happy Birthday Ronnie!!!
I love this song
The Lord is our refuge and strength a very present help in trouble.
Ronnie you sound so cool.Just told my wife it's cool to hear and watch you play great music.
Love this guys songs
scottsissy32
My favorite country singer by far!!!
Love love love you
He's always been my favorite country singer..
I love this song
A wonderful opening gospel song to start Sunday evening.
Pure good country classic stuff. He is to me, one of the best.
Brings back memories of camping with my Dad in early eighties.
Went on a 7 day cruise. 15 years ago. And the captain played Ronnie 24/7. Never got old. The man sees the world better than a person with 20/20 vision .
GREAT JUST GREAT\
brewdaddy75
Ronnie is the man. He sings from my heart. Thank you Music Man!
trsutton32
One of my all time favorites! I was in love with him when I was a little girl!!
He is still one of my most favorite country singers-so talented-lov e you!!!
Glory, Praiise the Lord!
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