1977 Ronnie Milsap – It Was Almost Like A Song
The R&B chart is not a place most Country music singers start out, but that’s exactly where Ronnie Milsap’s first charting single can be found. Never Had It So Good reached #19 on the US R&B chart in 1965. The songwriting team of Ashford & Simpson wrote the single, which didn’t reach any other charts. Ronnie’s career stalled after it fell off the charts.
Ronnie found work as a session musician and even played keyboards on two hit singles recorded by Elvis: Don’t Cry Daddy in 1969, and Kentucky Rain the next year.
He also recorded countless singles himself, but he only reached the charts one time between 1965 and 1972: a single reached #87 on the Hot 100 in 1970.
Charley Pride caught one of Ronnie’s performances at the Whiskey A-Go-Gonighclub in LA and convinced Ronnie to move to Nashville and concentrate on Country music. He worked with Charley’s manager, Jack D. Johnson, and signed with RCA Music in 1973. His very first single for the company reached the Country top ten, and by the end of 1976, Ronnie had already recorded seven singles that reached #1 on the Country chart.
Ronnie’s first single in 1977 also became his first crossover success. It Was Almost Like A Song once again took him to the top of the Country chart and it also reached #16 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Hal David and Archie Jordan wrote the song and Ronnie and Tom Collins co-produced his recording.
Ronnie wouldn’t reach the top forty on the pop charts again until a string of his singles reached the chart beginning in 1980.
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