Country soul titan Ronnie Milsap unfolds duets album and tour dates

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“Milsap Magic,” the 11th studio album released by Ronnie Milsap on March 18, 1980, via RCA Victor. Climbing to No. 137 Pop, No. 3 C&W on Billboard, the record yielded two number one singles — “Why Don’t You Spend the Night” and “My Heart.” Milsap appears to be standing on the deck of a white boat with red trim surrounded by a scenic lake and mountains. Image Credit: Music Stack / Sony Music Entertainment
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Box Tops producer Dan Penn, who also co-wrote sixties soul nuggets like “The Dark End of the Street,” Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” and “Cry Like a Baby,” takes off his shades and keeps a cigarette in hand as he stands alongside a smiling Elvis Presley at American Sound Studio in Memphis, Tennessee, on Jan. 13, 1969. Presley is clutching a 1959 Fender Precision bass used by session ace Tommy Cogbill. “Kentucky Rain” would be waxed to vinyl the next month at the same studio. Photography possibly by Marty Lacker / Elvis Presley Enterprises
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Ronnie Milsap finds contentment on some front porch steps, possibly captured during the “There’s No Gettin’ Over Me” song stylist’s promotion for his 2006 major label comeback album, “My Life.” Photography by Allyson Reeves-Land or Scott Greenwalt / CMT.com
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A captivating shot of Ronnie Milsap behind a church piano taken on August 27, 2008, and ultimately featured as the cover of “Then Sings My Soul,” the gifted pianist’s only gospel collection as of this writing. Released March 10, 2009, on the independent StarSong label, the LP reached No. 19 C&W and No. 127 POP on Billboard. Photography by Allyson Reeves-Land

Ronnie Milsap: The Duets [Tracklisting]

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A sparkling, bejeweled superstar in the making: “A Legend in My Time,” the fourth studio album released by entertainer Ronnie Milsap in December 1974 via RCA Victor. The LP reached a respectable No. 138 Pop, No. 4 C&W on Billboard and yielded the number one title cut as well as the Top Ten hit “Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry.” Image Credit: Sony Music Entertainment
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Ronnie Milsap, sporting a rare formal suit and tie, is interviewed as he arrives at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum for his induction into the Hall of Fame on October 26, 2014, in Nashville, Tennessee. Photography by Sam Simpkins / AP Photo / The Tennessean
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On October 26, 2014, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum held its annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Pictured are CMA CEO Sarah Trahern, songwriter Hank Cochran’s widow Suzi Cochran, cult bluegrass figure Mac Wiseman, Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Director Kyle Young, and an obviously thrilled Ronnie Milsap. Image Credit: Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum / HankCochran.com
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With a cup of java in hand, Ronnie Milsap celebrates his 72nd birthday inside Ronnie’s Place recording studio housed within the Black River Entertainment building on January 16, 2015, in Nashville, Tennessee. Milsap personally designed the studio, while Black River is an independent record label. Photography by Rick Diamond / Getty Images

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