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Ronnie Milsap: Part 2 - CMA Close Up

A Country Superstar Looks Forward to the Past on Summer Number Seventeen

I was just cutting things that I love. When we cut it, the folks in New York loved it. I really wanted to cut one song real bad, but New York said, “We don’t want you to do that.” It was a LaVern Baker song, called “Jim Dandy to the Rescue.” I wanted to cut that so bad, and they said, “We don’t think that works.” I took their advice on that because they also said, “Can you find a traditional Country song and do your version of it?” I knew what they were looking for. They were looking for something like Ray Charles singing “I Can’t Stop Loving You.” And I’m thinking, “We ought to be able to do that.” So Rob Galbraith and I got together and said, “The one song that has not been beaten to death in this catalog is “I Can’t Help it If I’m Still in Love with You,” the Hank Williams song. Ray didn’t even record that. So we did that and it came out just great.

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