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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
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Albums by
Ronnie Milsap

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    12 songs

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    Gospel Greats

    10 songs

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    Stranger Things Have Happened

    12 songs

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    Summer Number Seventeen

    10 songs

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    Images

    12 songs

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    Country Again

    11 songs

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    My Life

    14 songs

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    Just for a Thrill

    10 songs

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    Christmas with Ronnie Milsap

    10 songs

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    Inside

    10 songs

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    Night Things

    10 songs

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    Sings His Best Hits for Capitol Records

    17 songs

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    It Was Almost Like a Song

    10 songs

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    Back to the Grindstone

    10 songs

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    Heart & Soul

    10 songs

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    Lost in the Fifties Tonight

    10 songs

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    20/20 Vision

    10 songs

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    A Legend in My Time

    7 songs

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    Keyed Up

    22 songs

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    Kentucky Woman

    40 songs

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    The Essential Ronnie Milsap [Double Disc]

    22 songs

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    Ultimate Ronnie Milsap

    10 songs

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    Only One Love

    9 songs

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    Greatest Hits

    13 songs

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    Ronnie Milsap Live

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Top Songs by
Ronnie Milsap

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  2.   It Was Almost Like a Song
  3.   She Keeps the Home Fires Burning
  4.   Smoky Mountain Rain
  5.   Stranger in My House
  6.   Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)
  7.   I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World
  8.   Pure Love
  9.   Any Day Now
  10.   What Goes on When the Sun Goes Down
  11.   Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)
  12.   He Got You
  13.   My Heart
  14.   Only One Love in My Life
  15.   Don't You Know How Much I Love You
  16.   Still Losing You
  17.   In Love
  18.   Inside
  19.   How Do I Turn You On
  20.   Daydreams About Night Things
  21.   (I'm A) Stand by My Woman Man
  22.   Back on My Mind Again
  23.   What a Difference You've Made in My Life
  24.   Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends
  25.   (I'd Be) A Legend in My Time
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Ronnie Milsap

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