Ronnie Milsap, “Smoky Mountain Rain”

The song was written by Dennis Morgan and Kye Fleming and produced by one of the biggest producers of the day, Tom Collins.

Ronnie Milsap, sometimes called the “Country Ray Charles” since both artists were sightless and played the piano, struggled for over a decade to achieve success as an artist. Playing clubs, recording singles that went nowhere, and working as a session man in Memphis, Milsap refused to give up, and eventually found massive success in Nashville, where he consistently topped the charts for years. “Smoky Mountain Rain,” a song about a man thumbing his way back to East Tennessee to find the woman he loves, may be the song he is most identified with. “Smoky Mountain Rain,” written by Dennis Morgan and Kye Fleming and produced by one of the biggest producers of the day, Tom Collins, was recorded as an added track to the 1980 album Ronnie Milsap’s Greatest Hits. The song became one of those hits, and both the album and the single reached number one on the charts. On his new album Duets, due out later this month, the still-active Milsap sings a new version of the song with a true Smoky Mountain native, Dolly Parton. The incredibly prolific and successful Dennis Morgan commented on the song’s writing, and its inclusion on the new Milsap album, in an…

To view this content,

Join Today

or Sign In

The Benefits of Membership:

  • Subscription to the American Songwriter Print Magazine
  • Access to all Feature Magazine Content Online
  • Access to Print Edition Archives
  • Premium content in our Songwriter U section
  • Discounts on vinyl, Songwriter services, and other American Songwriter Partners
  • Exclusive access to members-only contests and giveaways
Click to Join

We've started an American Songwriter membership! Click here to learn more.