December 5

Song by Ronnie Milsap in “Pure Love”

“Pure Love” is a song recorded by Ronnie Milsap. Being his first single and part of the Pure Love album, they released it in March 1974. In the late spring of the year, the song was the American country music singer ‘s first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. Although Ronnie had two previous top 15 hits—1973’s “I Hate You” and “That Girl Who Waits on Tables”“Pure Love” is largely his career’s greatest breakthrough.

Sometime in December 1972, Milsap relocated to Nashville after a chance meeting with country music star Charley Pride. At that time, Pride was in the audience for a Milsap gig at the nightclub Whiskey A-Go-Go. The way Milsap sang amazed Mr. Pride. From there, he encouraged him to change the style and devote to country music.

Milsap began working with Jack D. Johnson, Pride’s manager. In 1973, he signed to RCA Records. On the same year, he released his first single for RCA, “I Hate You”. The track became his first country music success, occupying the 10th spot on the country chart. In the year 1974, Ronnie Milsap toured with Charley Pride as an opening act. Additionally, he had two No. 1 singles. First is “Pure Love” that Eddie Rabbitt penned. The second is Kris Kristofferson’s composition “Please Don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends”. The said track won Mr. Milsap his first Grammy. In 1975, he made a cover of the song “(I’d Be) A Legend in My Time” by Don Gibson. Apart from that, he scored another No. 1 hit with “Daydreams About Night Things”.

Eddie Rabbit’s Chart-topping Single

The song also marked the first country chart-topping single by its writer, Eddie Rabbitt. His previous success was with Elvis Presley for the hit “Kentucky Rain” in the 1970’s. In the song, Rabbitt compares “Pure Love” to such things as milk, honey, and the Cap’n Crunch breakfast cereal. Before stating directly that the love shared between the protagonist and his/her object of affection is “99 ?44?100 percent pure”. This song led him to sign a contract offer from Elektra Records.

Rabbitt, on the other hand, would shortly record the song as the B-side to his 1975 single “Forgive and Forget”.


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