The 1980s closed out on an “up” note for both Ronnie Milsap and a former Vern Gosdin associate, Curtis Wright. Milsap earned his 35th and final Billboard number one single, putting him fourth on the all-time list behind Merle Haggard’s 38, Conway Twitty’s 40 and George Strait’s 44 (the official, authentic and accurate Billboard count).
Number thirty-five for Milsap came with “A Woman In Love” the first song written by Curtis Wright to reach the summit. A Pennsylvania native, Wright moved to Nashville in January of 1987 and soon picked up a job with Vern Gosdin’s road band, playing guitar and bass and singing harmony. Curtis also joined his boss on the critically-acclaimed “Alone” album, providing back-up vocals on Gosdin’s hits “I’m Still Crazy” and “That Just About Does It.”