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1[[quoteright:350:]] ˛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.˛** Played straight with "You Don't Know My Love", which gave full credit to the backing vocals provided by Jypsi.˛* BSide:˛** He had several double-A-sides: "I Hate You"/"All Together Now, Let's Fall Apart" (1973), "Back on My Mind Again"/"Santa Barbara" (1979), "My Heart"/"Silent Night (After the Fight)" (1980), "Cowboys and Clowns"/"Misery Loves Company" (also 1980), and "Inside"/"Carolina Dreams" (1982).˛** "In No Time at All" was shipped to country radio in 1979, while its B-side "Get It Up" was sent to pop radio instead. Later on, the same thing happened with "Prisoner of the Highway" and "She Loves My Car".˛* BlindMusician: The most prominent in country music, by far.˛* BreakupSong:˛** "I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World". They're breaking up, but he has no regrets.˛** "Button Off My Shirt". They're broken up, but he doesn't care because he just sees her as an "everyday distraction".˛* 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.˛* LaterInstallmentWeirdness: "A Woman in Love" and "All Is Fair in Love and War" are twangier and more traditional than his usual pop fare.˛* 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 Amy Grant 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.˛** His 2019 album ''Duets'' features re-recordings of his hits with other popular country artists.˛* 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: The chorus of "Pure Love" references both Cap'n Crunch cereal and the old Ivory soap slogan "99 and 44/100 percent pure".˛* TheyChangedItNowItSucks: In-universe example with his 1979 No. 1 hit "Nobody Likes Sad Songs." The song is about a one-time superstar who begins singing almost exclusively heartbreak ballads instead of the "happy" songs that built his career, and it results in him losing his entire fan base. (Not uncoincidentally, his stylistic change comes at the same time as he was enduring a bitter breakup with his significant other.) An attempt to salvage his downspiraling career by reintroducing his uptempo songs into his act fails miserably, and he is eventually fired from his tour.˛* 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.˛* VocalEvolution: His voice sounds considerably aged and weak on the 2019 album ''Duets''.˛----


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