Ronnie Milsap

Farewell Tour to Pigeon Forge

Country fans won’t want to miss this one: Ronnie Milsap will bring his Farewell Tour to Pigeon Forge’s Country Tonite Theater at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015

Ronnie Milsap has had 40 No. 1 hits, seven Grammy Awards and eight Country Music Association Awards. He’s known for classics like “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It For the World,” “It Was Almost Like a Song,” “Lost in the Fifties Tonight” and “Smoky Mountain Rain.”

Born with a congenital disorder that left him almost completely blind, he was raised by his grandparents in the Smoky Mountains until age 5. He then attended the

Governor Morehead School for the Blind in Raleigh, N.C. (and lost the rest of his vision during his childhood).

Ronnie Milsap became interested in music at a very young age, particularly late-night broadcasts of country music, gospel music and rhythm and blues. He would later pay tribute to the artists who inspired him most during his shows, including Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Presley.

He studied classical music and learned several instruments, eventually mastering the piano. The North Carolina native was awarded a full scholarship and briefly attended Young Harris College in Young Harris, Ga. until he left to pursue a full-time career in music – and went on to become one of country music’s best loved and most successful artists.

Tickets for the show are $39.95 plus tax.

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