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Spotlight on a Music Legend: Ronnie Milsap

Ronnie MilsapRaised in the Smoky Mountains by his grandparents, one of country music’s legends hit the scene in the ‘70s and dominated the charts for nearly two decades. He has won six Grammy Awards and is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. He has also racked up 40 No. 1 country hits. The only other two country artists that have over 40 No. 1 hits are George Strait and Conway Twitty. He has experienced more than many ever will, and he is one of the true entertainers of all time. We are going to take a look at the man who spread “Smoky Mountain Rain” across the nation… Mr. Ronnie Milsap.

In a Hollywood nightclub called Whisky A Go-Go, Charley Pride was in the audience while Milsap performed. He was encouraged by Pride to focus on country music, and in December of 1972 Milsap moved to Nashville. Charley Pride helped introduce Milsap to his manager Jack D. Johnson, and within a year he signed to RCA Records. He toured with Pride as an opening act and secured two No. 1 singles with “Pure Love,” written by Eddie Rabbitt and the Kris Kristofferson-penned hit “Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends,” for which Milsap won his first Grammy Award in 1975.  He received yet another No. 1 hit with “Daydreams About Night Things,” which set the stage for what was yet to come.

Milsap (right) playing a duet with Jennings Bristol (left).

Milsap (right) playing a duet with Jennings Bristol (left).

Milsap produced seven No. 1 singles in a row starting with “I’m a Stand by My Woman Man” to “What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life.” This success launched his career even higher, helping him reach crossover success with “It Was Almost Like a Song,” which reached No. 7 on the Adult Contemporary Chart and No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop music charts. Milsap enjoyed a series of uninterrupted No. 1 songs between 1985 and 1987, with songs like “She Keeps the Home Fires Burning,” “In Love,” “Snap Your Fingers,” “Where Do the Nights Go,”and the Grammy-winning duet with Kenny Rogers, “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine.” His most recent No. 1 song was in 1989 with “A Woman in Love,” and he has still remained successful on the charts.

If you have been curious about what Ronnie Milsap has been doing since his latest big hit “A Woman in Love,” you can rest assured that he is as busy as ever making music we love. As a matter of fact, he has never stopped making music. He has recently released a box set of his music, which includes all his music released on RCA records.

Milsap with his family after a show.

Milsap with his family after a show.

The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum opened a Ronnie Milsap exhibit in January 2015, and his tour schedule is keeping him booked all over the country through July and beyond. His latest albums can be purchased on his website, entitled “Ronnie Milsap – Then Sings My Soul” and “Ronnie Milsap – Country Again.”

Ronnie Milsap will go down in history as one of the greatest entertainers of all times. His success is staggering, and that’s an understatement. Milsap married Joyce Reeves Milsap in 1965, and they are still together nearly five decades later. His tremendous success in music and love seems to have helped him forge his artistic relationship with millions. Whether it is a result of random chance or divine guidance, his personal relationship with his fans reshaped the landscape of country with the heart of a lion. Do yourself a favor and check out some of Ronnie Milsap’s old and new music. Check out his website or find him on Facebook or Twitter.