Almost Like a Song

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From dust jacket notes: "Ronnie Milsap's life is a classic rags-to-riches tale. Today he is one of the hottest country 'crossover' singers in the nation, with six Grammy awards, twenty million records sold, and thirty-five number-one hits (more than any other RCA recording star, including Elvis Presley). But Milsap's early life was a different story. Born blind and raised in abject poverty by a mother who soon rejected him as a curse, the boy was sent to a school for the blind where the students were beaten to instill discipline. But at that school he was also taught music and how to play the piano - not the Scruggs and Flatt hillbilly music of his own Smoky Mountains, but Bach and Mozart. In the 1970s, Milsap began an uncertain career singing in honky-tonk nightclubs in Memphis and Nashville, where he came to the attention of Elvis Presley. By 1976 Milsap was headlining his own show and touring the world's concert halls. A year later, one of his hit records was named Album of the Year, and he himself was voted Entertainer of the Year, and Male Vocalist of the Year. The singer has been a mega-star ever since...."

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A highly acclaimed country music performer since the early 1970s, Milsap has written an engaging autobiography that will not only appeal to his fans but to fans of good memoir writing generally. Sightless since birth, abandoned shortly thereafter by his mother, he spent his early years with his paternal grandparents and institutionalized in his native North Carolina's Governor Morehead School for the Blind. He effectively relates these formative years, marked by adversity, triumph, and immersion into music. The long migration he made from classical piano student to one-night-stand bluesman to multimillion-dollar country music superstar is a fascinating story told in a folksy yet powerful manner. A man of obvious natural intellect as well as innate musical ability, Milsap has written a book full of humor, sadness, inspiration, and irony that sheds light not only on his own life but on the diverse worlds of the music industry and the visually impaired.
- David M. Turkalo, Social Law Lib . , Boston
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

Born blind, Milsap was abandoned by his mother, who considered his birth a punishment from God, and raised by loving grandparents in rural North Carolina. With their care and his own strong will, he made the most of his schooling and musical talents, growing up to become a leading country-music performer. Here he tells of his childhood, marriage and career; most affecting are his accounts of being blind in a world of people with sight. Unable as a boy to convince neighbors that he could read Braille, he even today encounters people who respond as though the blind are inferior to the sighted. word choice? how does this differ from "responding as though the blind are inferior..."?eed/see fix.gs His autobiography is sentimental, but nonetheless inspiring. Photos not seen by PW.
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