North Carolinian Ronnie Lee Milsap (born January 16, 1943) was born blind, but that didn't stop him from being a juggernaut of the CountryMusic scene in the [[TheSeventies 1970s]] and [[TheEighties 1980s]]. In just under 25 years, he scored 35 number-one hits on the country music charts, including several major crossovers: "It Was Almost Like a Song", "Smoky Mountain Rain", "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me", "I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World", "Any Day Now" and "Stranger in My House" all made top 40 on the pop and AC formats.
He began his career in the [[TheSixties 1960s]] as a session musician, including some keyboard and backing vocal work for Music/ElvisPresley. After a couple minor hits, he broke through in 1974 with the number one hit "Pure Love", written by the equally poppy EddieRabbitt. From then until 1992, every single he released peaked no lower than #6 on the country charts, and almost every release between 1980 and 1984 got pop airplay as well. 1992's "All Is Fair in Love and War" broke the streak, and after that, he exited Creator/RCARecords and never had a hit again. Nonetheless, he continues to perform and record to this day. Many of his songs were co-written by former Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Mike Reid, who also sang a duet vocal on the 1988 hit "Old Folks".
Although his slick, keyboard-driven sound was more influenced by pop and R&B than mainstream country, he is still one of the genre's most influential and prolific artists. His accolades include six Grammy Awards, five of which were for Best Country Vocal Performance — Male. "Lost in the Fifties Tonight" won this honor ''twice''. In 2014, he was announced as an inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
!Tropes present in Ronnie's work:
* AdvertisedExtra: Inverted on "Old Folks", which features guest vocals from co-writer Mike Reid. Reid sings most of the song himself, with Milsap singing only one verse and some harmony.
* BlindMusician: The most prominent in country music, by far.
* BreakupSong: "I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World".
* ChristmasSongs: ''Christmas with Ronnie Milsap'' was issued in 1986.
* EpicInstrumentalOpener: "Still Losing You" has a 30 second instrumental open.
* GreatestHitsAlbum: Three between 1980 and 1991.
* NotChristianRock: "What a Difference You've Made in My Life" is often seen as having a Christian message despite not being explicitly so. This interpretation was probably fueled by the fact that Music/AmyGrant also recorded it.
* RearrangeTheSong: ''Ronnie Milsap Sings His Best for Capitol Records'' is ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin. Averted with ''40 #1 Hits'' which contains the original RCA recordings despite being released by Virgin Records.
* RecordProducer: The vast majority of his albums were produced by Tom Collins and Rob Galbraith.
* SelfDeprecation: Became a frequent presenter on country award shows, and would usually lift up his shades and pretend to read the winner's card.
* ShoutOut: "Pure Love" contains the lyric "99 and 44/100 percent pure love", a reference to an old Ivory Soap slogan.
* TruckDriversGearChange: "Turn That Radio On" goes up to A for all but the last line of the chorus, which drops back down to the original key of G.