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Ronnie Milsap was Born in January 16, 1943 in Robbinsville, North Carolina, Ronnie Milsap is an American Country/Pop Singer and Musician. He was one of Country Music's most popular singers in the 1970s and 1980s. He became Country Music's first blind superstar. He was one of the many crossover Country singers in Country Music at this time, which was also called Country Pop. His biggest crossover hits include No Gettin' over Me, Smoky Mountain Rain, and Lost in the Fifties Tonight. He is credited with forty number one songs, third only to George Strait and Conway Twitty.
Early Life & Rise to Fame:
Ronnie Milsap was one of Country Music's most influential artists in the 70s and 80s, becoming one of Country's biggest stars, appealing to both Country and Pop markets. Milsap was born blind. Milsap lived with his grandparents until the age of six, when he was placed in the State School for the Blind in Raleigh, North Carolina. When Milsap was seven, his instructors noticed his musical talents, and he soon began studying classical music formally. Soon, Milsap became interested in rock and roll music and soon formed a Rock band called The Apparitions Milsap was awarded a full college scholarship and attended college briefly in Atlanta, Georgia, until he decided to become a full-time musician. In the early 1960s, he got his first professional gig.
He released his first single, Total Disaster, in 1963 at the age of twenty. Milsap moved to Memphis, Tennessee to become a session musician. He frequently worked in Memphis and can be heard playing the piano on the Elvis Presley hit Kentucky Rain. He also sang harmony on another Presley hit, Don't Cry Daddy. In 1970, Milsap enjoyed brief pop music success with Loving You Is a Natural Thing. After that success, he released his debut album.
1973 - 1979: (All Together Now) Let's Fall Apart:
In 1973, Milsap moved to Nashville to pursue his dream of Country Music recognition. In 1973, he was signed onto RCA Records. He released his first single from RCA that year called I Hate You, which became his first Country hit and also just breaking the Country Top 10. Another single he released that year became a hit called (All Together Now) Let's Fall Apart, which also just broke the Country Top 10 in 1973. The next year, 1974 his two singles Pure Love and then Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends went on #1.
Later he scored another #1 hit with Daydreams about Night Things. The remarkable thing was that he didn't leave the Country Top Ten for 15 years straight. In 1977, he crossed over to the Pop Music charts with his #1 Country hit It Was Almost Like a Song. The song became a Top 20 hit on the Pop charts and was also a Top Ten Adult Contemporary hit. However, it was his only crossover hit in the 1970s. 1980-1992: Moving Towards Country-Pop:
Milsap changed many things in 1980. He had a list of hit songs that year which are as under? Cowboys and Clowns
? Misery Loves Company
? My Heart
? Silent Night (After the Fight)
In 1981 he had done some pop music crossover which was again success for Milsap. That year, two songs were crossover hits, There's No Gettin' Over Me and Smoky Mountain Rain. There's No Gettin' Over Me Milsap's biggest hit on the Pop charts, making it to the Top 5, as well as being an Adult Contemporary hit for him.
In 1982, he had other crossover hits, with the songs ? He Got You
? Any Day Now
? I Wouldn't Have Missed It For the World.These songs were big Pop hits, making Milsap one of Country Music's most successful crossover singers. He was not the only crossover superstar in Country Music at the time.
Between 1985 and 1987, Milsap enjoyed uninterrupted hits, enjoying his biggest success at this time. The big #1 hits were ? She Keeps My Fire Burning
? In Love
? Snap Your Fingers
? Where Do the Nights GoIn 1989, Milsap had his last #1 hit with A Woman in Love. By 1992, Milsap's chart success faded away, but he didn't stop touring the country. He has remained as one of Country Music's most popular concert attractions.
1993-Present: Life Today
Ronnie Milsap has remained one of Country Music's greatest influences. His biography has been featured on A&E Networks's Biography television series. He has been featured on CMT's numerous shows, including 40 Greatest Men of Country Music. Milsap has 40 number 1 hits, which few Country singers have achieved.
The average person has come to rely on the normal functioning of their senses to such as extent that they easily overlook the fact that true creativity and virtuosity transcends their fickle nature. Time and again, personalities such as Mozart and Helen Keller have defied the odds and persevered in expressing themselves. In recent times, Stevie Wonder and Ronnie Milsap have crafted their own musical legacies sans the ability to see.
Being born blind in 1943 due to congenital glaucoma, Ronnie Milsap's musical prodigiousness was discovered early on by his instructors at Governor Moorhead School for the Blind and by age 8, he had come to be recognized as a violin virtuoso. However, the mastery of the violin was only the first conquest in a series of instrumental endeavors that entailed piano, guitar and various woodwinds. Excelling academically as well, Ronnie was awarded a pre-law scholarship but declined to pursue a full-time career in music.
Ronnie Milsap started an R&B band in his early twenties and celebrated his achievement with his first hit single Never Had It So Good. Highlighting his session-musician phase with playing keyboards on Elvis's Kentucky Rain, Ronnie's own career started to gain momentum with top-ten hits in the mid seventies and then snowballed from there onwards.
Ronnie Milsap's albums have garnered him half-a-dozen Grammys and a dozen ACM and CMA awards, with There's No Gettin' Over Me and Lost in the Fifties Tonight peaking at the top on the US country charts.
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Ronnie Milsap, full name Ronnie Lee Milsap, is a spectacular country music artist who has been entertaining countless country fans with his awe inspiring music and widely considered today as one of the greatest country singers. Ronnie Milsap is also an instrumentalist who plays the piano, a pianist accomplished at this instrument. He was very popular back in the seventies and the eighties, regarded as one of the most influential and popular country artists of his time. Ronnie Milsap became the very first popular blind singer who not only attract country fans but also attracted pop music fans and crossed over successfully into the world of music. He released numerous songs, many of which became immensely popular and topped the charts.
This popular country and pop music superstar is behind some of the most awesome country songs that were crossover smash hits; It Was Almost Like a Song, (There's) No Gettin' Over Me, Smoky Mountain Rain, I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World, Stranger in My House and Any Day Now. He has also won six Grammy Awards, four Academy of Country Music Awards, two Billboard Awards both for Country Song of the Year and eight Country Music Association Awards. And if that isn't enough, this legendary and iconic country star has had forty of his hit singles rank at number in the charts; any artist, be it country or pop, who has had not one, not ten but forty hit number one singles is someone you must see play the most fantastic live, something possible only through Ronnie Milsap Tickets.