Ronnie Milsap hospitalized before performing in Tifton
TIFTON, GA (WALB) - A country music legend was supposed to perform in South Georgia Friday night. Unfortunately, Ronnie Milsap had a health problem backstage in Tifton.
WALB was told he was rushed to Tift Regional Medical Center.
The Country Music Hall of Fame member was in great spirits before he became ill.
Ronnie Milsap met with fans backstage as his tour stopped in Tifton. The 73-year-old country music legend was elated to be in South Georgia.
His wife Joyce Milsap is from Douglas, and those family ties, mixed with his 40 number 1 country singles, helped pack the UGA Conference Center.
"Her family's all from there," said Milsap. "And we have a lot of friends from down there, great to be back!."
Milsap has been blind since he was a child. Though he couldn't see each fan he connected with, he made them feel loved, and used his special trick to make them all leave with a smile.
"A lot of times you don't have anything to smile about, but as long as you say 29 whether you're in Houston or Albuquerque its going to work. "
That pure energy is what fans have heard through his music.
"Not only listening growing up on the farm and riding around with mom and dad," remembered Dawson native Tim Christie. "Now I can take it and see the experience from his face."
South Georgia native Austin McAlpin teamed up with Six Strings Productions to bring Milsap to town.
"Once people realized what was going on and hear about it," said McAplin. "It was an amazing response."
"We're fortunate enough to get another country music legend," said Adam Potts.
And for those wondering if this is his final tour, he plans to rock the rhinestones a little while longer.
"I don't want to retire to anything," said Milsap. "I want to keep playing my music all over the country, all over the world."
Concert promoters say Milsap will have a makeup concert Sunday night if healthy, and fans who want their money back can visit ticketalternative.com for refunds.
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