Ronnie Milsap

BORN: January 16, 1944, Robbinsville, NC
Ronnie Milsap was one of the major figures of country music in the 1970s, developing a hybrid of country and pop which brought him a large audience. He was raised by his father and grandparents following his parents' divorce. Ronnie was born blind from congenital glaucoma, and when he was five began attending the Governor Moorhead School for the Blind. At seven, his instructors noticed his extraordinary musical talents and he began to study classical music formally. A year after he began learning the violin, Ronnie was declared a virtuoso. He also mastered piano, guitar and a variety of other stringed instruments and various woodwinds. Eventually, he became interested in rock & roll music and while still in school formed his first rock band, the Apparitions.

Ronnie briefly attended college in Atlanta where he studied pre-law; though he was awarded a comprehensive scholarship, he 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, Ronnie started his own band and four years later, after having a hit with "Never Had It So Good," he 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, Ronnie 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 LP, 'Ronnie Milsap'.

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". Ronnie had a handful of Top Ten hits in 1975 and in late 1976, he became famous, with six number one hits in a row. In turn, those hits led to a remarkable run where Ronnie 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", Dax's personal favourite.

Between 1980 and 1982, Ronnie had ten consecutive number one hits including, "Smoky Mountain Rain," "No Gettin' Over Me" and "Any Day Now."

Ronnie again had a string of uninterrupted number one hits between 1985 and 1987, racking up eight hits. 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, Ronnie's popularity began to decline - after 1992, he wasn't able to break into the country Top Ten. However, he continued to record and in 1992, he left RCA signing with 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.

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Ronnie Milsap - Super Hits
  1. Pure Love
  2. Daydreams About Night Things
  3. Nobody Likes Sad Songs
  4. What A Difference You've Made In My Life
  5. Still Losing You
  6. I'm a Stand By My Woman Man
  7. Why Don't You Spend The Night
  8. There's No Gettin' Over Me
  9. Any Day Now
  10. Snap Your Fingers

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