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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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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!!
chloeharden
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!
hope to see ronnie in franklin nc.11-2-13-- s m o k i e mtn.center.c k . it out i know itwill be agreat show-------- - - C O M E ON DOWN-------- -
jolene.saile r
Growing up Ronnie Milsap and also with Marty Robbins, I have deep respect for both. I am almost 50 now, and do enjoy most of the modern music, as music always heals the soal...weath e r it be joy or sorrow. Mr. Millsap, I need to tell you that each and every one of your songs, I truely Love. Somehow, I always feel at peace when I listen to you sing. May God Bless you. I appreciate how you help me to feel the hurt, but somehow, rise above and help someone else. Mr. Milsap, I appreciate you.
mschofie
Saw Ronnie several years ago with my two teenage daughters. I told Ronnie that everyother week my daughters and I would drive back and forth between Terre Haute and Indianapolis Indiana. The ONLY MUSIC we could agree to play was Ronnie's music. We three are still Milsap fans. What a talent !!
claylackey33
awesome love this music
What a friend we have in Jesus.
1.put ur hand over ur mouth
2.make a wish
3. Make a fist
4.put ur hand on ur heart 5 sec
5.post dis on 3 songs tomorrow will be the best day
lake1010
Super Musician
I love Ronnie mishap
bm.allen
Babe I love you so much
Good to hear young people are listening to the good classic country..... t o d a y s so called country isnt even close to this
I'm only 14 but I absolutely love Ronnie Milsap, he is by far my favorite musician. I just wish more people my age would turn to country because I don't want people to look back on my generation and just say Wow, what were they thinking, this music is horrible because honestly l think thats whats gonna happen -_- I guess all lI can do is try not to let the oldies in country die....
Love it
Praise the Lord!
I use to dance to his music at the Roof King of Road early 70's. He was trying to get into music. He was trying to enter in to country but at that time he was singing pop music. The roof was always packed and we had a blast listening to nobody at that time. Ronnie had real talent and the rest is history. He is very deserving of the stardom he soon would achieve.
hamstergirl0 7 3 1
As you used to say, babe, Once a cheater, always a cheater. Can't believe how long it took to realize you were talking about yourself
lorican29
The best classic country musician ever. God bless him he is blind and still has all that talent
belindapenir e l l i
His voice is so captivating! Lost In The Fifties just makes you go somewhere else. Need I say more, he is Great!!!
What ever happened to Ronnie's song In Love?
I won tickets to see Ronnie Milsap at a small tavern in Daytona Beach back in the 80's, it was awesome. He put on the best show I've ever seen. Small venue and he knows how to play to the crowd.
I play Ronnie from when he hit the air waves back in the early 70's
jf572
Just say Ronnie in Branson this past week and I must say he still has it! Great show!
i still listen to ronnie almost everyday, the guy is amazing!
Weight lifting snowman are just for the snow. But a shake of the hand is what all daddy's teach at a young gents.even if they don't know who daddy's friends are. Respect and all goes either way like men.karaoke is not fun for most. Jlee has great music even if u don't like country
love him!!
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