Summer Number Seventeen

Summer Number Seventeen

by Ronnie Milsap



Ronnie Milsap closed out his golden decade by turning into something of an oldies crooner, reaching the pop charts for one last time in 1985 with "Lost in the Fifties Tonight," an unabashed slice of nostalgia that interpolated the Five Satins' doo wop classic "In the Still of the Night." That tune was nearly 30 years old in 1985 and, some 30 years later, Milsap revives "Lost in the Fifties Tonight" for 2014's Summer Number Seventeen, a record that unabashedly celebrates the '50s in the fashion of Ronnie's '80s. Milsap bends the rules slightly, finding space for '60s Motown (Jimmy Ruffin's "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted") and '70s Philly soul (the Stylistics' "You Make Me Feel Brand New"), but this is still super-smooth adult contemporary fueled by his gossamer electric piano and grounded by his still supple croon. Apart from "Georgia on My Mind," which is a bit funkier than expected, and the inclusion of the newly written title track (a swaying, slow-dance bit of mythologizing of sweet teenage summers), there's nothing surprising in either the song selection or presentation but if there were, that'd go against the very spirit of this project. Summer Number Seventeen is supposed to comfort and soothe, to bring back rose-colored memories of any number of possible pasts, and in that regard it succeeds handsomely.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/18/2014
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0888430174320
catalogNumber: 301743

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ronnie Milsap   Primary Artist,Piano,Background Vocals
Steve Gibson   Guitar
Eric Darken   Percussion
Chip Davis   Background Vocals
Larry Byrom   Electric Guitar
Bruce Dees   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals
Shane Keister   Synthesizer,Electric Piano
Warren Gower   Bass
Ed Greene   Drums
Vicki Hampton   Background Vocals
John Hobbs   Piano
Steve Holland   Drums
Jim Horn   Saxophone
Mitch Humphries   fender rhodes
David Hungate   Bass
Sam Levine   Saxophone
Brent Mason   Guitar
Greg Morrow   Drums
Lisa Silver   Background Vocals
Jay Spell   Piano
Bergen White   Background Vocals
Bob Wray   Bass
Roy Yeager   Drums
Russell Terrell   Background Vocals
Mandy Barnett   Vocals
Angela Primm   Background Vocals
Robert Bailey   Background Vocals
Alan Kerr   Drums
Catherine Marx   Piano
Sam Hunter   Electric Guitar
Kira Small   Background Vocals
James Brantley   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Matt Legge   Horn Engineer
Drew Lambert   Bass
Marabeth Quin   Background Vocals
Jim Ferguson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Ronnie Milsap   Producer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Lloyd Price   Composer
Rob Galbraith   Producer,rhythm arrangement
Richard Landis   Producer
Troy Seals   Composer
Thom Bell   Composer
Jamie Brantley   Tour Manager
Tom Collins   Producer
Linda Creed   Composer
Jim Horn   Horn Arrangements
Mark Lambert   Engineer
Lewis   Composer
Chris McDonald   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Fred Parris   Composer
Mike Reid   Composer
Paul Riser   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
William Weatherspoon   Composer
Bergen White   Arranger
Hank Williams   Composer
Stuart Gorrell   Composer
Burt Stein   Management
Holly Gleason   Artist Development
Keith Odle   Engineer
Harold Logan   Composer
Sylvester Bradford   Composer
Joe Hunter   Composer
jody Fausett   Art Direction
Sam Hunter   Composer
Mark Scheibe   Composer
Allyson Reeves   Art Direction
Matt Legge   Engineer
Charles G. Dawes   Composer
Chuck Jones   Composer
Nikki Williams   Composer
James Dean   Composer
Kyle Hershman   Engineer
Bonny Rice   Composer
Paul Moore   Booking

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Summer Number Seventeen 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always loved the music of Ronnie Milsap. The diversity of styles he is capable of performing includes Country, R&B, Gospel, and Rock & Roll. This album displays his talent yet again. Years ago a read an article about Barry Manilow's contribution to Bette Midler's career. The description was Barry poured Rocket Fuel into those old songs that Bette made into hits. This album is on fire. Ronnie sings every song just as it should have been done. The arrangements are perfect. The musicians are amazing. The result is a CD that you want to listen to over and over again. Ronnie makes every song his own and on "Georgia" he channels Ray Charles through him right into the microphone. You can only win on this one. Enjoy.