On This Day: Ronnie Milsap Records ‘Only One Love in My Life’ in 1978

by Katie Maloney

Ronnie Milsap recorded “Only One Love In My Life” during a 2 p.m. recording session at Woodland Sound in Nashville on this day (Jan. 25) in 1978.

The song is about a man singing about how he made it to where he is today because of the love of his life. During the song, Milsap sings, “For me, there’s only one moon that shines in the night. And only one love in my life…I’m a ship on the open ocean. Darling, you’re my guiding light.”

“Only One Love In My Life” is the title track from Milsap’s ninth studio album, Only One Love In My Life. The album produced two number one hits for Milsap on the Hot Country Songs chart including the title track and “Let’s Take The Long Way Around The World.”

Additionally, “Only One Love In My Life,” peaked at #63 on the Billboard Hot 100. Furthermore, the album reached number three on the Country album charts and reached the Billboard 200, peaking at number 109. Only One Love In My Life was certified as Gold.

“Only One Love In My Life,” by Ronnie Milsap

Charley Pride Convinced Ronnie Milsap to Go Country

Milsap turned down a scholarship to Emory University to pursue music. Shortly after, he released his debut single, “Total Disaster.”

Although the song wasn’t a total disaster, it didn’t necessarily perform well. In fact, it wasn’t until Milsap met Charley Pride in 1972 that things started to come together.

Milsap had just relocated to Nashville when he met Pride. As a renowned country music singer, Pride convinced Milsap to change course and try country music. Pride also introduced Milsap to his manager who helped him perfect his country songs. Just a few years later, Milsap topped the country charts with his song, “Daydreams About Night Things.”

Since then, Milsap has been nominated for 11 Grammys and won six. He has four CMA awards and has released thirty-five number one hits. Additionally, Milsap was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014.