A Chance Meeting Led To Music Stardom For Ronnie Milsap – Times-Georgian
He woke up one morning in 1970 as a rock-n-roll singer, but after breakfast at the Continental Hyatt House Hotel in Los Angeles his future turned east toward Nashville. Ronnie Milsap and his wife Joyce were in town because his band had a concert that night at the world famous Whiskey-A-Go-Go.
“Joyce went down to see what was for breakfast and she ran into country music singer Charley Pride on the elevator,” said Milsap. “She introduced herself and he said he had heard of me and asked her for my room number. When the phone rang I thought it was Joyce telling me what was for breakfast, but instead it was someone singing ‘Is anybody going to San Antone or Phoenix, Arizona?’
“I said to him, ‘I don’t know who you are, but you do a great impression of Charley Pride,'” continued Milsap. “He said, ‘I am Charley Pride and I’m coming to your show tonight. What you need to do is move to Nashville.’
“I said, ‘Charley I would, but I don’t have a job in Nashville,'” said Milsap. “Charley said, ‘Well you need to find one and move to Nashville and talk to my manager Jack Johnson.’ So I moved to Nashville and talked to Jack Johnson and he said he wanted to manage me. That led me to sign a deal with RCA (Records).”
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