Kid Ramos

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Kid Ramos
Kid-Ramos-2008-SF.jpg
Kid Ramos performing at the 2008 San Francisco Blues Festival.
Photo by Mike Shea/Tritone Photography
Background information
Birth name David Ramos
Born (1959-01-13) January 13, 1959 (age 55)
Fullerton, California, United States
Genres Electric blues, blues rock[1]
Occupations Guitarist, singer, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, vocals
Years active 1980–present
Labels Black Top, Evidence

Kid Ramos (born January 13, 1959) is an American electric blues and blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter.[1] Ramos has released four solo albums since 1995 on Black Top and Evidence Records. He has worked with James Harman, Roomful of Blues, the Big Rhythm Combo, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The Mannish Boys, Bobby Jones and Los Fabulocos.

Life and career[edit]

David Ramos was born in Fullerton, California, United States, with both of his parents being professional opera singers. After playing at the parties of friends and at local nightclubs in his teenage years, he turned fully professional when joining James Harman's band in 1980. He stayed playing his guitar for Harman until 1988, when he briefly helped out with Roomful of Blues. However, at this point, Ramos took a break from music to raise a family, and worked as a water delivery man.[1]

In 1994, Ramos joined forces with Lynwood Slim to form the Big Rhythm Combo. Ramos' debut solo album, Two Hands One Heart, was released the following year. Ramos had joined The Fabulous Thunderbirds in 1993, following an invitation from their singer, Kim Wilson. As well as regularly recording and appearing with them up to 2002, Ramos also continued to release his own albums, with Greasy Kid Stuff (2001) being his most recent.[1]

Ramos appeared at the 2005 Edmonton's Labatt Blues Festival, playing along with the Mannish Boys. He also formed the roots quartet, Los Fabulocos, who released their debut album in 2008.[2]

In 2009, Ramos backed Bobby Jones at the Notodden Blues Festival.

In August 2012, Ramos was diagnosed with Ewing's sarcoma,[3] a rare form of cancer, and underwent chemotherapy treatment the following month. He is expected to require radiotherapy, surgery and further chemotherapy during the course of the next year and a medical appeal has been launched to assist with the costs of his treatment. Kid Ramos received the Orange County Music Awards Lifetime Achievement Award March 7, 2014. At the event he announced that he had completed his treatment and recovered from the cancer. [4]

Discography[edit]

Year Title Record label
1995 Two Hands One Heart Black Top
1999 Kid Ramos Evidence
2000 West Coast House Party Evidence
2001 Greasy Kid Stuff Evidence

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See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Greg Prato (1959-01-13). "Kid Ramos | Biography". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-01-26. 
  2. ^ "Los Fabulocos". Deltagrooveproductions.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  3. ^ "The Kid Ramos Bob Corritore Phoenix Blues Sessions". The Blues Foundation. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  4. ^ "Donate & Send Healing Thoughts To Guitarist Kid Ramos". Deltagrooveproductions.com. Retrieved 2012-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Kid Ramos | Discography". AllMusic. 1959-01-13. Retrieved 2014-01-26.