Milsap, Ronnie Lee
1943 - Born on January 16th in Robbinsville, North Carolina. An American blind country singer, guitarist and pianist and was raised by his father and grandparents following his parents' divorce. He was born blind from congenital glaucoma.
1948 - When he was 5, he began attending the Governor Moorhead School for the Blind.
1950 - At 7, his instructors noticed his extraordinary musical talents, and he began to study classical music formally.
- A single year after he began learning the violin, he was declared a virtuoso. He also mastered piano, guitar and a variety of other stringed instruments, as well as various woodwinds.
1965 - Married his wife Francis Joyce Reeves on October 30th and had a son.
- Milsap started his own band. Four years later, after having an R&B hit with "Never Had It So Good," he moved to Memphis to become a session musician.
- His recording, "Never Had It So Good" (Scepter 12109) went to #19 on Billboard Magazine's R&B charts (USA).
1973 - First scored top 10 singles on Billboard magazine's country singles chart with "I Hate You".
1974 - His first No. 1 came with "Pure Love".
1989 - His last No. 1 hit came with "A Woman in Love".
2000 - He received a double-disc career overview with 40 No. 1 Hits.
2004 - His album of standards, "Just for a Thrill", received a Grammy nod for best traditional pop recording.
2005 - Milsap announced he had signed a recording contract with RCA.
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