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Ronnie Milsap Treated and Released for Dehydration

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Ronnie Milsap was taken to the hospital over the weekend. The 73 year old was meeting fans before his Tifton, Georgia show before falling ill and being rushed to the hospital. Thankfully he was released shortly after after being treated for dehydration. According to facebook, all is well.

Ronnie Milsap Celebrates 40th Anniversary as Grand Ole Opry Member

©2016 Grand Ole Opry Photo By: Chris Hollo

©2016 Grand Ole Opry Photo By: Chris Hollo

The Grand Ole Opry presented by Humana® honored Country Music Hall of Famer Ronnie Milsap on his 40th anniversary as an Opry member Friday evening. Milsap was inducted as an Opry member on February 6, 1976.

Before taking the stage, the country legend celebrated with friends, family members, and fellow artists in the Opry House’s backstage Family Room with a cake marking the occasion. Later introduced on stage by fellow Opry and Country Music Hall of Famer Connie Smith, Milsap reflected on the night he joined the Opry 40 years ago.

“”I was so happy that night Roy Acuff inducted me,” Milsap began, shouting Acuff’s moniker “the KING of country music!” After the show, the 40-year member met fans outside The Opry Shop, celebrating that day’s release of his latest recording project, Gospel Greats.

“Ronnie Milsap is one-of-a-kind at the Opry and in country music,” said Opry Vice President and General Manager Pete Fisher. His style transcends musical boundaries and his and exuberant spirit makes its mark on the Opry every time he comes home to visit.”

Born blind in North Carolina, Milsap lived with his grandmother until he was 6 years old. He attended Morehead State School for the Blind in Raleigh, where he was given strict classical training. But late at night he listened to his favorite country, gospel, and R&B broadcasts. The music reminded him of home.

Milsap studied pre-law at Young Harris Junior College near Atlanta, Georgia, eventually earning a scholarship to Emory University. Instead of continuing with law, he threw himself into music, forming his own band. During the mid-’60s, he landed a stint with J.J. Cale and session work with producer Chips Moman, notably on Elvis Presley’s “Kentucky Rain” and “Don’t Cry Daddy.”

In 1973, Milsap moved from Memphis to Nashville. Before one could say “overnight success,” he was signed by RCA and released the two-sided hit, “All Together Now (Let’s Fall Apart)” and “I Hate You.” He followed with “That Girl Who Waits on Tables” and “Pure Love.”

A year later, he had three No. 1 songs. The flood of hits wouldn’t let up for 15 years: “Daydreams About Night Things,” “(I’m A) Stand by My Woman Man,” “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night),” “How Do I Turn You On” and “Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me” all stormed the charts.

“Before I joined the Opry in 1976, Jeanne Pruett was always getting me to come out here and guest,” Ronnie recalls. “Eventually she said, ‘I think you need to join the Grand Ole Opry.’ And I said, ‘Well, how do you do that?’

“All of a sudden, one night I was over here and Mr. Roy Acuff came up to me in the hall and said, ‘Hey, Ronnie, you want to be a member of the Opry?’ I said, ‘Yes, sir.’ He said, ‘Okay, then, you’re going to be a member of the Grand Ole Opry.’”

Along with his multiple gold and platinum albums, Milsap has earned six Grammys and numerous CMA and ACM Awards. He’s a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. The ebullient performer and original stylist changed the face of country music, but he has never forgotten his own difficult road to stardom and his good fortune along the way. In 1986, he established the Ronnie Milsap Foundation to aid the blind and visually impaired.

“In some way it’s a blessing that I was born blind,” he once said. “If I had been born sighted in western North Carolina … I certainly wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing now.”

Charles Esten & Performers Don Henley & Ronnie Milsap Announced for 8th Annual T.J. Martell Foundation Honors Gala

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The T.J. Martell Foundation is proud to announce that Charles Esten will once again return to host the elegant 8th Annual Nashville Honors Gala taking place at Nashville’s Omni Hotel on Monday, February 29, 2016. The first performers confirmed to help celebrate our distinguished honorees are Don Henley and Ronnie Milsap.

This year’s honorees are:

Aubrey Harwell: Spirit of Nashville Award
Brian Philips: Frances Preston Outstanding Music Industry Achievement Award
Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D.: Medical Research Advancement Award
Kenny Rogers: Tony Martell Lifetime Entertainment Achievement Award
FedEx Corporation: Outstanding Global Citizenship Award with Frederick W. Smith accepting on behalf of more than 350,000 team members around the world

Honors Gala co-chairs this year are board members, Dave Berryman, president of Gibson Guitar Corporation, and Leslie Fram, CMT’s senior vice president of music strategy. The evening is produced by the Emmy award-winning team of Martin Fisher and Edie Hoback of High Five Entertainment. Emerald Sponsors this year are Teresa and Mike Nacarato and Nacarato Volvo Trucks. The Honors Gala has raised over 3.5 million dollars since its inception in 2009.

Tickets and table sponsorships are available by contacting (615) 256-2002 or emailing Please visit for more information.

The Nashville Honors Gala is one of the T.J. Martell Foundation’s premier events that pays tribute to outstanding community leaders and  presents special musical performances with heartwarming presentations that celebrates the evening’s honorees.

Ronnie Milsap to Bid Farewell to the Road with The Legend In My Time Tour


Ronnie Milsap

He’s been performing since the mid-’60s and has given fans hits including “Stranger In My House,” “Smoky Mountain Rain,” “Almost Like A Song” and “There’s No Getting Over Me.” Now at age 71, recent Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Ronnie Milsap will embark on his final tour beginning Nov. 29 at the Country Music Hall of Fame.

“You get to a place where you still have your health, but you know it’s not given,” says Milsap. “I’ve been blessed with so many great songs, so many wonderful memories and stories – and some of the very best fans in the business. Before I get to a place where it’s not a celebration of the music, I want to go out and play all these hits for the people who love them as much as I do.”

Get tickets for that show here. The Legend In My Time tour will have a three-year run and is being booked now.

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