Sunday, September 28, 2014

"Any Day Now" by Ronnie Milsap

Song#:  1012
Date:  05/01/1982
Debut:  81
Peak:  14
Weeks:  16
Genre:  Country Crossover, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Milsap was at his peak popularity on the pop chart when the title-track single from his "There's No Gettin' Over Me" peaked at #5. It would be his lone pop Top 10 and his best showing on the album chart (#31). His follow-up tried to match that feat but fell just a little short. This first single from his LP "Inside" just missed out on the Top 10 while the album itself peaked below the Top 50 hitting #67 (#4 country). It was still a solid showing for the country-leaning artist and the song was another #1 hit for him at country and also at AC where it stayed at the top for five weeks.

ReduxReview:  I liked this song back then but I have a better appreciation for it now. I actually think the Chuck Jackson version (see below) is what made me like the song more. It has a funky keyboard riff at the beginning that is a little weird, but it caught my attention. It made me pay attention to the song. Milsap turned it into a smoother pop/country venture and gave it a lovely feel. Again, another song that makes me think "why don't I have a Ronnie Milsap best-of yet?"

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  This Burt Bacharach/Bob Hilliard-penned tune was first recorded by R&B singer Chuck Jackson in 1962. It reached #23 on the pop chart and #2 R&B. Percy Sledge also reached the charts with a version in 1969 (#86 pop, #35 R&B). Although not a charting single, Elvis Presley recorded the song and it served as the b-side to his 1969 #3 hit "In the Ghetto."


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