Ronnie Milsap At Grand Ole Opry
One of the most popular and influential performers of the 70s and 80s in country music, Ronnie Milsap was born in January of 1943. He was born with a congenital disorder that left him almost completely blind. During his childhood, he lost his remaining vision. However, he still contained a love for music that did not go unnoticed by his instructors. He became classical music and mastered the piano. Over the next few years, he developed a passion for rock and roll. After briefly attending college in Georgia, he left to pursue a career in music full time. In the early 60s, he played his first professional gigs as a member of J.J. Cale’s band. Also in the early 1960s, he released his first single and soon after became an R&B artist for Scepter Records. In late 1972, he moved to Nashville, where he changed course to try his hand at country music. There, he gained great success in the genre, and became a member of the esteemed Grand Ole Opry in 1976.