Ronnie Milsap: Country Cuts 1974-1980

Written by July 24th, 2012 at 2:33 pm

This summer, American Songwriter is proud to present  Ronnie Milsap’s “Country Cut” Contest. Throughout his career, Milsap has recorded songs by some of country music’s greatest songwriters, scoring a whopping sixteen #1′s from 1974-1980.

Milsap became a country music legend with the help of great songwriters. And some of these songwriters became great with the help of his recordings. With a new album scheduled for release in the fall of 2012, Ronnie is on the lookout for the song. The one he can add to the list below. Whether you’re just starting out, or already have credits to your name… submit a song to Ronnie Milsap’s “Country Cut” Contest.

Here’s a list of Milsap’s hits and the writers behind them:


“Pure Love” written by Eddie Rabbit - Written while eating a bowl of Cap’n Crunch, Ronnie’s first #1 was the second songwriting success for Eddie Rabbit following Elvis Presley’s recording of “Kentucky Rain.”

“Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends” written by Kris Kristofferson

“(I’d Be) A Legend in My Time” written by Don Gibson


“Daydreams About Night Things” written by John Schweers  


“What Goes On When The Sun Goes Down” written by John Schweers

“(I’m A) Stand By My Woman Man” written by Kent Robbins – Inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1988, Robbins started his career with this track cut by Ronnie. He went on to have songs recorded by The Judds, Brooks & Dunn, and Trisha Yearwood. He also, helped blaze the trail for country music songs about tequila with his hit “Straight Tequila Night” made famous by John Anderson in 1991.


“Let My Love Be Your Pillow” written by John Schweers

“It Was Almost Like a Song” written by Hal David/Archie Jordan – Hal co-wrote a number of  songs with Burt Bacharach including “Do You Know the Way to San Jose?” and “What’s New Pussycat?” His collaboration with Archie Jordan resulted in this #1 for Ronnie.

“What A Difference You’ve Made in My Life” written by Archie Jordan


“Only One Love in My Life” written by R.C. Bannon/John Bettis

“Let’s Take the Long Way Around the World” written by Archie Jordan/Naomi Martin – Take a look at Archie Jordan’s website. He’s practically an angel, floating in the heavens, shirt of clouds. Known for inspirational ballads, Jordan has credit on 3 of Ronnie’s biggest hits in the 70′s.


“Nobody Likes Sad Songs” written by Bob McDill/Wayland Holyfield


“Why Don’t You Spend the Night” written by Bob McDill - “Writing can be very intense,” says McDill. “You pace up and down the hall, you drink cup after cup of coffee. Sometimes you know exactly what you’re trying to say, but you just can’t make the language do it.  But still, you keep trying, because you know that line that says exactly what you’re looking for is out there in the stratosphere somewhere, and you just have to find it.”

“My Heart” written by Don Pfrimmer/Charles Quillen

“Cowboys and Clowns” written by Steve Dorff/Snuff Garrett/Gary Harju/Larry Herbstritt

“Smokey Mountain Rain” written by Kyle Fleming/Dennis Morgan



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