The Story Behind The Song: ”Am I Losing You”

The Story Behind The Song: ”Am I Losing You”
Ronnie Milsap

Multi-talented as a vocalist and as an instrumentalist, Ronnie Milsap took lessons in his youth on piano, violin and guitar. The first song he ever learned to play on the six-string guitar was “Am I Losing You”, written and recorded by the great Jim Reeves, and years later, that song provided Ronnie with a #1 single during a recuperative period in his career.

Milsap had toured quite heavily during 1980, and hadn’t been able to take time to review song submissions in order to come up with enough material to record a new album. His label RCA was calling for one though, and one day Ronnie was on the phone with the label’s division manager Jerry Bradley (son of legendary producer Owen Bradley) and during the conversation Milsap started talking about how much he loved the music of Jim Reeves and suggested recording a tribute album to him. Ronnie and Jerry both agreed that a tribute album to Reeves would keep new Milsap music in the marketplace, without taxing him to find new songs. It would also give Ronnie the opportunity to salute one of his all-time favorite performers – one who had also recorded for RCA years earlier.

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