On this day 80 years ago, country music was lucky enough to have Ronnie Milsap enter the world. Being born with a congenital disorder, Milsap has been nearly blind since birth; however, such an obstacle did not prevent this North Carolinian from being able to obtain five Grammy Awards and eight CMA Awards over the course of his career. Today, we salute the accomplishments made by Milsap over the course of his career by reflecting on the songs that led to Mislap’s groundbreaking career.
1. “Smokey Mountain Rain” from the album Greatest Hits (1980)
“I climbed up in the cab all wet and cold and lonely / I wiped my eyes and told him about her / I’ve got to find her / Can you make these big wheels burn?”
2. “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World” from the album There’s No Gettin’ Over Me (1981)
“They say that all good things must end / Loves comes and goes just like the wind / You’ve got your dreams to follow / But if I had the chance tomorrow / You know I’d do it all again.”
3. “Big Bertha” (feat. Vince Gill) from the album A Better Word for Love (2021)
“Well, I hope I never find him / The one that took my gal away / Yeah, I hope I never find him / The dude that took my Callaway / Hmm, ’cause if I do, I’m tellin’ you / You’ll have the devil to pay.”
4. “Stranger in My House” from the album Keyed Up (1983)
“Is it somebody we both know / Or somebody she just met? / Is she loving him in her mind / While she’s lying here in my bed?”
5. “Busiest Memory in Town” from the album A Legend in My Time (1975)
“Babe, sometimes you simply amaze me with how fast you spread that heartache around / It must be hello, I love you, I’m leaving / You’re the busiest memory in town.”
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