Ronnie Lee Millsaps, 16 January 1943, Robbinsville, North Carolina, USA. Milsaps mother had already experienced a stillbirth and the prospect of raising a blind child made her mentally unstable. Milsaps father took him to live with his grandparents and divorced his mother. What little vision young Ronnie had was lost after receiving a vicious punch from a schoolmaster; both his eyes have now been removed. He studied piano, violin and guitar at the State School for the Blind in Raleigh, and although he had the ability to study law, he chose instead to be a professional musician. After some workouts with J.J. Cale and a 1963 single, Total Disaster, for the small Princess label, he toured Playboy clubs with his own band from 1965. Among his recordings for Scepter were early compositions by Ashford And Simpson, including the memorable Lets Go Get Stoned, relegated to a b-side. A few months later it was a million-selling single...
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