Stranger in My House (Ronnie Milsap song)
|"Stranger in My House"|
|Single by Ronnie Milsap|
|from the album Keyed Up|
|B-side||"Is It Over"|
|Released||April 2, 1983|
|Genre||Country rock, soft rock|
|Ronnie Milsap singles chronology|
The song tells of a man who suspects his wife is fantasizing about being with a secret lover. It is mainly in the key of D minor, with some portions of the verses being in D Dorian due to the sixth tone being raised by a half-step. Milsap's vocal ranges from D4 to A5. The main chord pattern on the verses is Dm-C-G twice, followed by Gm-Dm-Gm-A; the chorus uses Dm-Gm-A twice and ends on a Dm chord.
Success and reception
His 35th single to be released, the song immediately became a major hit as it peaked at No. 5 on the country charts, and at No. 8 on the Adult Contemporary. The song also went as high as No. 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop charts.
The song features a rock guitar solo from Bruce Dees. Some stations edited this solo out of the song, and a station in Denver, Colorado refused to play the song, because personnel at the station thought that the song sounded like a Led Zeppelin song. The airplay lost from the Denver station kept the song from going to number one.
A black-and-white music video for the single, directed by David Hogan, was also released. During the beginning of the video, a man is shown literally breaking into the narrator's house as the blind singer plays his piano. During the climax, it shows his wife's imaginary lover playing an electric guitar as she performs an erotic dance to the solo. In the end, it shows investigators searching the house. White tape is laid down in the shape of an electric guitar.
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||42|
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||5|
|US Billboard Hot 100||23|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||8|
- "Stranger in My House". MusicNotes.com. Retrieved 5 March 2014.
- "Interview". Plugged In. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
- Rich, Kienzle (2004). Ultimate Ronnie Milsap (CD booklet). Ronnie Milsap. RCA Records. 82876.
- "Ronnie Milsap – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Ronnie Milsap.
- "Ronnie Milsap – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Ronnie Milsap.
- "Ronnie Milsap – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Ronnie Milsap.
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