Ronnie Milsap at Grand Falls Casino and Resort Sunday May 22
It was 1979.
Ronnie Milsap was one of the biggest star's in the world, not only in country music, but in pop music as well. He had already topped the country music chart a dozen times (on his way to over 40 number one hits) with smash hits like 'Pure Love', 'Daydreams About Night Things', 'What Goes On When The Sun Goes Down', 'Let My Love Be Your Pillow', 'What A Difference You've Made In My Life' and a song that would become one of the biggest hits of the decade, 'It Was Almost Like A Song'.
Me? I was a 24 year old kid (Yes, at my age now, 24 is a kid!) working at KKAA, a country station in Aberdeen, South Dakota. A great town and place to work, but not exactly the center of the country music world universe.
And I loved Ronnie Milsap's music (still do). I can still remember the first time I heard 'It Was Almost Like A Song' in 1977 when i was at KWYR in Winner, South Dakota. It was one of those songs, one of those very few songs, that capture a place in your heart from the very first time you hear it.
And so I thought 'I should try and get Ronnie on the phone for an interview'. No it wasn't that he was coming to town for a show (I did see him a couple years earlier when he was at the Sioux Empire Fair in Sioux Falls). He wasn't going to be anywhere in the area. This was just a kid from northeast South Dakota calling to see if the biggest country star in the world would take some time to talk.
He said 'Sure!'.
Seriously, he said yes. Yes to a kid from South Dakota. And as it turned out, Ronnie was not only one of the nicest country star's I've ever interviewed (Surprisingly, some of them aren't quite so, ah, friendly), he was one of the nicest people I've ever talked to!
And now Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Milsap is coming to the Grand Falls Casino and Resort for what promises to be one of the best shows of the year! It's Sunday May 22nd at 6:00 P.M. and tickets for the show are available here.
My advice? Don't miss this show! And get ready to sing a long with some of the greatest country music in history.