Cowboys and Clowns

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"Cowboys and Clowns"
Single by Ronnie Milsap
from the album Bronco Billy (soundtrack)
B-side "Misery Loves Company"
Released June 1980
Genre Country
Length 3:15
Label RCA
Songwriter(s) Steve Dorff
Snuff Garrett
Gary Harju
Larry Herbstritt
Producer(s) Snuff Garrett
Ronnie Milsap singles chronology
"My Heart"
"Cowboys and Clowns"
"Smoky Mountain Rain"
"My Heart"
"Cowboys and Clowns"
"Smoky Mountain Rain"

"Cowboys and Clowns" is a song written by Steve Dorff, Snuff Garrett, Gary Harju and Larry Herbstritt, and recorded by American country music artist Ronnie Milsap. It was released in June 1980 and is featured on the soundtrack for the film "Bronco Billy". The song was Ronnie Milsap's fifteenth number one on the country chart. The single stayed number one for one week and spent a total of twelve weeks on the country chart.[1]

The B-side, "Misery Loves Company," was a cover of a 1962 No. 1 country hit by Porter Wagoner. The song earned enough airplay to get the song listed as a tag-along B-side during the chart run of "Cowboys and Clowns."


Chart (1980) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[2] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[3] 3
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 10


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 233. 
  2. ^ "Ronnie Milsap – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Ronnie Milsap.
  3. ^ "Ronnie Milsap – Chart history" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Ronnie Milsap.
Preceded by
"Drivin' My Life Away"
by Eddie Rabbitt
Billboard Hot Country Singles
number-one single

August 30, 1980
Succeeded by
"Lookin' for Love"
by Johnny Lee