His All-Time-Favorite Performer

Ronnie Milsap is a multi-talented country artist who knows not only to sing but also how to play piano, violin, and guitar. One of the first songs he ever learned to play on the six-string guitar was “Am I Losing You” by Jim Reeves. Years after, it turned out that this special song will give him a No. 1 hit during the recuperative period in his career.

During the ‘80s, Ronnie Milsap toured heavily and had not been able to take time to review songs in order to come up with enough material to record a new album. RCA, his record label, called one though. Jerry Bradley, one of the label’s division managers, called Ronnie Milsap and during their conversation, he talked about how much he loved the music of Jim Reeves. He also suggested making a tribute album to Jim Reeves and Bradley agreed. The album gave Milsap the opportunity to salute one of his all-time-favorite performers.

The Tribute Album

After the tribute album project was authorized, Ronnie Milsap and Tom Collins, his producer immediately went to work on it. The finished result was “Out Where The Bright Lights Are Glowing.” One of the singles in the album was “Am I Losing You,” a two-time top ten hit by Jim Reeves. It was also the only track from the album released as a single hit. Ronnie Milsap’s cover of the song reached the top spot of the Billboard’s Country Singles Chart on May 1981. The hit gave him his 17th No. 1 hit.

In honor of Jim Reeves, the tribute album contained some original songs. With the album, Ronnie Milsap contributed to something of Jim Reeves revival. Back in 1979 and 1980, RCA gained a fair amount of mileage from its Jim Reeve catalog when Deborah Allen was commissioned to overdub her vocals onto some of Reeves’ old tracks and create a duet with Jim Reeves. With the album’s success, RCA dug deeper and uncovered the song that Jim Reeves and Patsy Cline had recorded and make duets out of those.

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