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Fox: Ronnie Milsap
December 9, 2017 @ 7:30 pm MST
Ronnie Milsap performs on Saturday, December 9th @ 7:30 PM at the Fox Tucson Theatre. Tickets Range from $29-$79. See more at http://foxtucson.com/presents/ronnie-milsap/
Don’t miss out on your chance to see the legendary Ronnie Milsap live at The Fox! Bringing his famous bluesy feel along with his extensive talent, you’re sure to have a great time singing along to your old favorites.
Blending a country sound with elements of rock, R&B, and pop. Ronnie Milsap’s legendary career features 40 Number One hits like “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “Any Day Now,” “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me,” and “Lost in the Fifties Tonight.” His career accolades include six Grammy awards, a Pioneer Award from the Academy of Country Music, and inductions into the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame.
Ronnie’s formative teenage years set a tone for an entire lifetime. Personal battles, career goals, ideas about love – figuring out how all of that will play out during adulthood is one of the big chores of those high-school years. Setting the backdrop for much of that inner struggle is the music – it’s the soundtrack of one’s identity, the bond that glues generations.
Released in 1963, the single ‘Total Disaster’ was Milsap’s first step into the professional music industry. Though he did not cultivate much success until he signed with RCA Records, he was able to work with idols like Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder. When he did release the song, ‘I Hate You’ under RCA, it reached No. 10 on the country music charts. From there, he went on to build his career to be known as a legendary artist in country music.
Milsap used pop, rock and R&B elements to test country’s borders, and did so in a way that connected fiercely with the music-buying public. He compiled 40 #1 country hits. Milsap’s sales accrued eight gold albums; his Greatest Hits made him one of the first acts in any genre to obtain double-platinum status after the RIAA introduced the multi-platinum honor in 1984.
The industry responded as positively as the public. Milsap won six Grammys; eight Country Music Association awards, including Entertainer of the Year; and four more Academy of Country Music trophies, including the lifetime honor, the Pioneer Award.
Milsap helped establish the boundaries for what country could be – then pushed them further, most notably in his rockin’ 1983 single “Stranger In My House.” Milsap had guitarist Bruce Dees infuse bits of Grand Funk’s classic-rock landmark “We’re An American Band” into the solo section, a risky, envelope-busting decision that had many radio stations of the time balking.
Time would prove Milsap’s artistic judgment to be correct. Even resistant stations eventually added it; “Stranger” won a Best Country Song Grammy for songwriter Mike Reid, and music fans – most of whom care little about creative boxes – responded enthusiastically.
“When we play live shows today, people still want that song,” Milsap marvels.