Tuesday, January 27, 2015

"He Got You" by Ronnie Milsap

Song#:  1149
Date:  08/21/1982
Debut:  84
Peak:  59
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Country Crossover, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  After the multi-format success of his single "Any Day Now" (#1 country, #1 AC, #14 pop), Milsap released this second single from his album "Inside." Although it couldn't reach the pop Top 40, it did get to #15 AC and would become Milsap's ninth consecutive country #1 and 20th overall.

ReduxReview:  I'm not sure why this song did not catch on like his other pop crossover hits. It's another quality tune from Milsap that seemed like a shoe-in for at least a Top 20 showing. I admit that I missed out on this song back then because of its poor pop showing. I caught on to it much later. Again, why am I not listening to more Milsap?!

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Milsap's first record deal came in 1965 with with Scepter Records. At the time his music leaned towards R&B rather than country. His first single for the label, "Never Had It So Good," became a minor hit on the R&B chart peaking at #19. The song's b-side was a composition by Nicholas Ashford and Valerie Simpson titled "Let's Get Stoned." Along with the R&B group The Coasters, Milsap was one of the first to record the song. Neither artist had a hit with the tune, but the following year Ray Charles took the song to #1 on the R&B chart (#31 pop). Milsap would make the switch to country music in 1971.


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