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Multiple Grammy Award winning country artist Ronnie Milsap (born January 16th, 1943), has had an incredible 40 number one country hits in his long career, becoming one of the most successful country artists of his generation.
Born in the rural Appalachian town of Robbinsville, North Carolina, US, Milsap suffered from a congenital disorder that meant he has been blind since birth. However, this did little to hold Milsap back, who had a successful career in academia before deciding to leave his studies in order to pursue a career in music. He released his first single in 1964, “Total Disaster,” and went on to release his eponymous debut album on Warner Bros. in 1971.
Milsap has since gone on to forge a remarkable career, gathering endless hits, including the gut-wrenching ballad “Smoky Mountain Rain” (1981), “Any Day Now” (1982) and “There’s No Getting’ Over Me” (1981). Between the 1970s and 1980s, he was rarely out of the top ten of the US country charts, gaining his last number one hit in 1989, with “A Woman in Love.”
In the 90s, Milsap’s popularity began to wane, yet he continued to record and release albums frequently, still finding large audiences attending his live performances. Milsap has also diversified his style in later years, incorporating gospel, R&B and blues into his recordings, such as in his all-gospel affair, “Then Sings My Soul” in 2009.
Milsap has received an incredible array of awards throughout his career, including six Grammy Awards, eight Country Music Association Awards and was also inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014. He has sold 35 million albums worldwide and is amongst the best selling country artists of all time.