Tuesday, February 23, 2016

"Don't You Know How Much I Love You" by Ronnie Milsap

Song#:  1560
Date:  08/13/1983
Debut:  95
Peak:  58
Weeks:  7
Genre:  Country Crossover, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Milsap's more rock-oriented single "Stranger in My House," the first single from his album Keyed Up, did well reaching #5 at Country (#23 Pop), but its peak interrupted a streak of ten consecutive #1's. However, this next single returned him to the top spot for the twenty-third time. It also did well at AC reaching #12. It didn't catch on as well at Pop where it fell off the chart before getting into the top half.

ReduxReview:  While this song doesn't rank among his best singles, it is certainly not a bad one at all. Since Milsap very rarely ever wrote his own material, he and his folks had to be sure to pick the right songs and for a long time, they were spot-on. The third single from Keyed Up, "Show Her," was a terrific song that also hit #1 at Country (#17 AC). Unfortunately, it didn't make the Pop chart, which was sad because it was a top-notch ballad. But with the second British Invasion and New Wave taking over the Pop chart, ballads like it were getting ignored. Do yourself a favor and go get a hits disc of Milsap tunes. You won't regret it.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Milsap is one of a handful of musicians who are also amateur radio operators (aka ham radio). His call sign is WB4KGC. In an earlier post I mentioned that former Eagle Joe Walsh was also a licensed operator. Other musicians that have had a license include country stars Chet Atkins and Patty Loveless, and singer/songwriter Jim Croce.


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