Rewinding the Country Charts: In 1981, Ronnie Milsap Crossed 'Over'

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Ronnie Milsap photographed in the 1970s.

The soulful "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" topped Hot Country Songs & hit the Hot 100's top five.

On Aug. 29, 1981, Ronnie Milsap's "(There's) No Gettin' Over Me" climbed to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart for the first of two weeks on top. With its soulful, modern-country leanings, it also became his biggest pop hit, rising to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, and won him the 1982 best country vocal performance, male, Grammy Award.

"I came to town to be a country singer, and I think I honored that," Milsap wrote in the liner notes for his 2014 box set, The RCA Albums Collection, alluding to the song's pop sheen. "But, I stayed in town by being more than a country singer."

Written by Walt Aldridge and Tom Brasfield, "Over" introduced Milsap's 13th studio album of the same name. The LP crowned Top Country Albums for three weeks, becoming his first studio set to lead the list. It yielded a second Hot Country Songs No. 1, "I Wouldn't Have Missed It for the World," also a No. 20 Hot 100 hit.

The Robbinsville, N.C., native has achieved 35 Hot Country Songs No. 1s, the fourth-most in the chart's history. He's also notched four No. 1s on Top Country Albums. Milsap has also branched out into faith-based music, with his 2009 set Then Sings My Soul: 24 Favorite Hymns & Gospel Songs having climbed to No. 8 on Top Christian Albums and No. 19 on Top Country Albums.

Milsap, 73, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2014, the same year he released his most recent album of new material, Summer Number Seventeen.