Country’s Ronnie Milsap to play Harrington in March

HARRINGTON – Country star Ronnie Milsap will preform at Harrington Raceway and Casino’s’ Exhibit Hall March 18 as part of the On Stage – Harrington series line-up.

Mr. Milsap has garnered six Grammy awards, eight gold records, and 40 No. 1 country hits in his career, placing him in the top three in that category behind Conway Twitty and George Strait.  He was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry in 1976; he has eight Country Music Association Awards including Entertainer of the Year; four Academy of Country Music awards, including its top honor, the Pioneer Award in 2002; and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.

Born in 1943 in Robbinsville, North Carolina, Mr. Milsap was influenced by several genres of music including pop, rock, R&B, gospel and country. He was inspired by the likes of Elvis Presley, Ray Charles, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis to whom he often pays tribute in his concerts. He was influenced by Charliei Pride to focus on country music and picked up by

Ronnie Milsap

Ronnie Milsap

Mr. Pride’s manager who took him under his wing. In 1973, he would record his first hit, “I Hate You”, which would reach No. 10 on the country charts. The following year, Mr. Milsap toured as an opening act for Mr. Pride and garnered two No. 1 singles: “Pure Love” and “Please Don’t Tell Me How The Story Ends” which won him his first Grammy, and the rest is history.

Other hits include ”Smokey Mountain Rain,” “(There’s) No Getting Over Me,” “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For The World,” “Any Day Now,” “Pure Love,” “Lost In The Fifties Tonight,” “Stranger In My House,” “(I’m a) Stand by My Woman Man,” and “It Was Almost Like A Song,”

Tickets are $44 for the 8 p.m. show. They can be purchased online at www.harringtonraceway.com , by calling 888-887-5687, Ext. 5246 or stopping by the Casino Gift Shop.

Reach features editor Craig Horleman at chorl@newszap.com

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