Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)

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"Lost in the Fifties Tonight
(In the Still of the Night)"
Single by Ronnie Milsap
from the album Greatest Hits, Vol. 2
B-side "I Might Have Said" (Mike Reid)
Released 1985
Format 7" single
Genre Country, pop
Length 4:05
Label RCA
Writer(s) Mike Reid
Troy Seals
Fred Parris ("In the Still of the Night")
Producer(s) Tom Collins
Ronnie Milsap
Rob Galbraith
Ronnie Milsap singles chronology
"She Keeps the Home Fires Burning"
"Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In the Still of the Night)"
"Happy, Happy Birthday Baby"

"Lost in the Fifties Tonight (In The Still of the Night)", a single released by country music singer Ronnie Milsap. It is a medley of "Lost in the Fifties Tonight" written by Mike Reid and Troy Seals and a cover of The Five Satins' 1956 hit "In the Still of the Night".[1]

Success and Reception[edit]

Originally recorded in 1985, the song was Milsap's 42nd single to be released. At the same time, it was also his 27th No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.[2]

Like many of his other singles, the song also fared well as a crossover hit on the Billboard Adult Contemporary charts as it entered the Top 10, peaking at No. 8. This is his last Top 10 single to appear on this particular chart.

The song was praised by critics, and fans alike, and remains as one Milsap's most popular recordings. In a year when 51 songs rotated out of the Hot Country Singles' No. 1 position, "Lost in the Fifties Tonight" was one of just two songs of the group to spend more than one week at No. 1 (it spent two, as did The Judds' "Have Mercy), and Milsap's song was the No. 1 country song of 1985.

That same year, it won Milsap his fourth Grammy Award for "Best Country Vocal Performance" for a male artist.

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 8
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 20


  1. ^ Paul Kingsbury (ed.). The Encyclopedia of Country Music. p. 349. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 233. 

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Preceded by
"I Fell in Love Again Last Night"
by The Forester Sisters
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

September 28-October 5, 1985
Succeeded by
"Meet Me in Montana"
by Dan Seals with Marie Osmond
Preceded by
"I Don't Know Why You Don't Want Me"
by Rosanne Cash
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

October 12-October 19, 1985
Succeeded by
"You Make Me Want to Make You Mine"
by Juice Newton
Preceded by
"To All the Girls I've Loved Before"
by Julio Iglesias and Willie Nelson
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single of the year

Succeeded by
"Never Be You"
by Rosanne Cash