Pure Love

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This article is about the song composed and sung by Ronnie Milsap. For the South Korean television drama that holds the name "Pure Love" in the Philippines, see 49 Days. For the alternative rock/hard rock band, see Pure Love (band). For the ABS-CBN TV series, see Pure Love (TV series).
"Pure Love"
Single by Ronnie Milsap
from the album Pure Love
B-side Love The Second Time Around
Released March 1974 (U.S.)
Format 7"
Recorded January 1974
Genre Country
Length 2:19
Label RCA
Writer(s) Eddie Rabbitt
Producer(s) Tom Collins and Jack D. Johnson
Ronnie Milsap singles chronology
"That Girl Who Waits on Tables"
"Pure Love"
"Please Don't Tell Me How the Story Ends"

"Pure Love" is a song recorded by American country music singer Ronnie Milsap. It was released in March 1974 as the first single and title track from the album Pure Love. The song became Milsap's first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart in the late spring of the year. Although Milsap had two previous top 15 hits—"I Hate You" and "That Girl Who Waits on Tables," both 1973—"Pure Love" is largely credited as being his career-breaking hit.

The song also marked the first country chart-topping single by its writer, Eddie Rabbitt, who had tasted previous success with 1970's "Kentucky Rain" by Elvis Presley. In the song, Rabbitt compares "pure love" to such things as milk, honey and the Cap'n Crunch breakfast cereal, before pointing out that the love shared between the protagonist and his/her object of affection is "99 44100 percent pure" (borrowing from the old Ivory soap advertising slogan).

Rabbitt would later record the song as the B-side to his 1975 single "Forgive and Forget".[1]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1974) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 337. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 

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Preceded by
"No Charge"
by Melba Montgomery
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

June 1, 1974
Succeeded by
"I Will Always Love You"
by Dolly Parton