Ronnie Milsap was elected to Country Music Hall of Fame earlier this year, but the genres that have influenced his recordings for more than 40 years have won him critical acclaim and a fan base that stretches far beyond country music.
Now, the winner of six Grammys and four CMA Album of the Year awards will be celebrated with the release of The RCA Albums Collection on November 4th. The 21-CD package from Legacy Recordings features all of Milsap's original albums for RCA, which yielded an astounding 48 Top 10 hits, 40 of which reached Number One. Many of the albums have long been out of print or unavailable on CD.
Featuring CD-sized reproductions of the original album covers, liner notes from esteemed music journalist Peter Cooper, and expanded notes about each recording, the collection includes remastered versions of every album Milsap made during his four decades with RCA, and includes such legendary crossover hits as "Smoky Mountain Rain," "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" and "Stranger in My House."
Slated to receive the ACM Career Achievement Award in Nashville on September 9th, Milsap's induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame will take place October 26th. Still, the release of the album collection is an exciting development for the superstar entertainer.
"The idea that all the music I made for RCA will be available in one place thrills me," Milsap explains. "It is my life's work. These songs, and the records I made, are a big piece of who I am – and the people who loved them. I feel honored to know The RCA Collection is coming."
Ronnie Milsap: The RCA Albums Collection
Where My Heart Is (1973)
Pure Love (1974)
A Legend in My Time (1975)
Night Things (1975)
20/20 Vision (1976)
Ronnie Milsap Live (1976)
It Was Almost Like a Song (1977)
Only One Love n My Life (1978)
Milsap Magic (1980)
Out Where the Bright Lights Are Glowing (1981)
There's No Gettin' Over Me (1981)
Keyed Up (1983)
One More Try for Love (1984)
Lost in the Fifties Tonight (1985)
Christmas With Ronnie Milsap (1986)
Heart & Soul (1987)
Stranger Things Have Happened (1989)
Back to the Grindstone (1991)
My Life (2006)