The Golden Days of AM Radio and Cereal Box Records

Whenever summer rolls around, it annually evokes fond memories of youthful days I’d eagerly spend counting down until the school year would finally end. The anticipation of long, lazy summer days, extended car rides, and family vacations was always palpable. That was the era of AM radio hits which often turned into road trip sing-alongs which served as a much needed reprieve from being cooped up for hours on end in the car. I’m referring to a time when portable electronics were almost non-existent and the only access to music was the standard AM radio that came factory installed in the family owned American automobile.

Summertime also reminds me of how excited I’d get about routine trips to the grocery store when I was a kid. Yes, the grocery store, because back in those days, they used to print records right on the backs of cereal boxes, similar to flexi discs often found in music publications or instructional books. Nothing made me happier than picking out a brand of cereal I’d pretend to like just so I could get a new record by The Archies, The Monkees, or The Jackson 5. I can still recall being mesmerized and oddly entertained as I’d watch the phonograph stylus play over the faces of Betty, Veronica, Archie, Reggie, Jughead, and Hot Dog as I carefully memorized every word of “Everything’s Archie” and “Nursery Rhyme.” [Read Full Feature]

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Ronnie Milsap: The RCA Albums Collection

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Six-time Grammy Award winner Ronnie Milsap is one of country music’s most revered and illustrious recording artists. Selling over 35 million records with a hit-packed discography that includes 40 number one singles, and an ongoing legacy that dates as far back as 1971, Milsap has irrefutably left a perpetual mark that will unlikely be erased anytime soon. Alongside his recent induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, Milsap and his long-spanning career is finally procuring the recognition he deserves with the release of the 21-disc box set, The RCA Albums Collection.

This comprehensive box set includes all 21 of Milsap’s RCA studio albums, many of which have been long out of print and are making their debut on disc for the very first time. Each disc is housed within its own sleeve, which faithfully replicates the artwork of the original vinyl LPs. The set also includes a 51-page booklet featuring individual album notes by Milsap himself. The RCA Albums Collection perfectly encapsulates Milsap’s unique ability to seamlessly combine country, R&B, rock, and pop. Every album in this essential collection has been newly remastered, resulting in the ultimate and long overdue listening experience for Milsap aficionados.

The box set includes:

Where My Heart Is – Making its first appearance on CD, Milsap’s top-five 1973 RCA debut album features the hit singles “(All Together Now) Let’s Fall Apart,” “I Hate You” and “That Girl Who Waits on Tables.”

Pure Love – Includes the classic title track (written by the late Eddie Rabbitt) and Milsap’s incomparable version of Kris Kristofferson’s “Please don’t Tell Me How the Story Ends.”

A Legend In My Time – Features “Too Late to Worry, Too Blue to Cry” and the Don Gibson penned “(I’d Be) a Legend in My Time.”

Night Things – Includes the number one hit “Daydreams About Night Things,” live fan favorite “(After Sweet Memories) Play Born to Lose Again,” and a cover of Conway Twitty’s “Linda On My Mind.”

20/20 Vision – Contains number one singles “What Goes On When the Sun Goes Down” and “(I’m A) Stand by My Woman Man.”

Ronnie Milsap Live – Milsap’s first live album from 1976 includes the number one hit single “Let My Love Be Your Pillow,” hidden gem “Busy Makin’ Plans,” an electrifying cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Honky Tonk Women,” and the shoulda-coulda-woulda been hit “I Can Almost See Houston from Here.”

It Was Almost Like A Song – Milsap’s pop breakthrough album includes the number one crossover smash title track and “What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life.”

Only One Love In My Life – Features Milsap classics “Back on My Mind Again,” “Let’s Take the Long Way Around the World,” as well as the number one title track.

Images – Milsap’s genre-defying album from 1979 includes the number one single “Nobody Likes Sad Songs,” the hit “In No Time at All,” and the disco-styled “Get It Up” and “Hi-Heel Sneakers.”

Milsap Magic – Includes the hits “Why Don’t You Spend the Night,”  “My Heart,” and the double-sided singles “Silent Night (After the Fight)” and “Misery Loves Company.”

Out Where the Bright Lights Are Glowing – Milsap’s evocative tribute album to Jim Reeves includes the number one hit “Am I Losing You,” alongside Milsap-styled re-workings of “I’m Beginning to Forget You,” “I’m Gettin’ Better,” and “I Guess I’m Crazy (For Loving You).”

There’s No Getting’ Over Me – This album reached number one on Billboard’s Top Country Albums chart in 1981. Features the crossover mega-smash title track and the number one “I Wouldn’t Have Missed It for the World.”

Inside – Features Milsap’s hit cover version of the Burt Bacharach penned “Any Day Now,” alongside the hit title track and “He Got You”.

Keyed Up – Milsap’s fifteenth studio album includes top 5 lead-off single “Stranger in My House”, plus his number one hits “Don’t You Know How Much I Love You” and “Show Her.”

One More Try for Love – Milsap’s pop-infused 1984 album contains the number one single “Still Losing You,” as well as the hits Prisoner of the Highway, and “She Loves My Car.”

Lost In the Fifties Tonight – This number one country album from 1986 contains four number one singles, including the smash title track, “Happy, Happy Birthday Baby,” “In Love,” and “How Do I Turn You On.”

Christmas with Ronnie Milsap – Milsap’s only holiday album features Christmas classics mixed with Milsap-style originals “Only One Night of the Year” and “It’s Just Not Christmas (If I Can’t Spend it with You).”

Heart & Soul – This hit-packed, diverse classic includes Milsap’s hit singles “Snap Your Fingers,” the Kim Carnes penned duet with Kenny Rogers “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine,” “Where Do the Nights Go,” “Old Folks” (with Mike Reid), and “Button Off My Shirt.”

Stranger Things Have Happened – Milsap’s return to traditional country roots includes the hits “Don’t You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me),” “A Woman in Love,” “Houston Solution,” as well as the hit title track.

Back to the Grindstone – Milsap’s twentieth studio album contains the hit singles “Are You Lovin’ Me Like I’m Lovin’ You,” “Turn That Radio On,” “All Is Fair in Love and War,” and his hit cover version of “Since I Don’t Have You.”

My Life – Milsap’s twenty-fourth and final RCA album from 2006 features 11 tracks, including the singles “Local Girls” and “You Don’t Know My Love.”