Birth Name

 Ronnie Lee Milsap


January 16, 1945  Robbinsville, North Carolina, United States


Country music, country pop, Countrypolitan


Singer, Musician


 vocals, piano, keyboards

  Years Active



 RCA Records

 Associated Acts Crystal Gayle, Eddie Rabbitt, Mike Reid, Kenny Rogers







(There's) No Gettin' Over Me Lyrics


A Rose By Any Other Name  
  A Woman In love Lyrics
  All Is Fair In Love And War Lyrics
  Am I Losing You Lyrics
  Any Day Now Lyrics
  Back On My Mind Again Lyrics
  Behind Closed Doors Lyrics
  Blue Skies of Montana  
  Button Off My Shirt Lyrics
  Crying Lyrics
  Daydreams About Night Things Lyrics
  Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me) Lyrics
  Don't You Know How Much I Love You Lyrics
  Happy, Happy Birthday Baby Lyrics
  He Got You Lyrics
  Houston Solution Lyrics
  I Just Can't Help Believin' Lyrics
  I Love A Rainy Night Lyrics
  I Wouldn't Have Missed It For The World Lyrics
  I'd Be A Legend In My Time Lyrics
  I'm A Stand by My Woman Man Lyrics
  It Was Almost Like A Song Lyrics
  It's Christmas Lyrics
  Keep On Smiling  
  Let My Love Be Your Pillow Lyrics


Let's Take the Long Way Around The World Lyrics


Lost In The Fifties Tonight Lyrics
  Loving You Is a Natural Thing  
  My Heart Lyrics
  Nobody Likes Sad Songs Lyrics
  Only One Love in My Life Lyrics
  Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends Lyrics
  Prisoner Of The Highway Lyrics
  Pure Love Lyrics
  She Even Woke Me Up To Say Goodbye Lyrics
  She Keeps The Home Fires Burning Lyrics
  Silent Night (after the fight) Lyrics
  Since I Don't Have You Lyrics
  Smokey Mountain Rain Lyrics
  Stranger In My House Lyrics
  The Freeze Lyrics
  What A Difference You've Made In My Life Lyrics
  What Goes On When The Sun Goes Down Lyrics
  Why Don't You Spend The Night Lyrics
  Why Lyrics
  You and Me, Me and You  

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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.


*Reference   Allmusic ~ by Sandra Brennan

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