Anthony Armstrong Jones

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For the British photographer, see Antony Armstrong-Jones, 1st Earl of Snowdon.
Anthony Armstrong Jones
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Jones in 1969
Background information
Birth name Ronnie Jones
Born (1949-06-02)June 2, 1949
Origin Ada, Oklahoma, United States
Died June 16, 1996(1996-06-16) (aged 47)
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1968–1986
Labels Chart, Epic, Homa, Air
Associated acts R.B. Greaves

Ronnie Jones (born June 2, 1949 in Ada, Oklahoma; died June 16, 1996) was an American country music singer known professionally as Anthony Armstrong Jones, a stage name that he took from the name of the British photographer who married Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon. A former professional golfer, Jones recorded four albums for Chart Records in that timespan, in addition to charting six times in the Top 40 on the Billboard country singles charts. His debut single was a No. 22-peaking cover of "Proud Mary," originally by Creedence Clearwater Revival, which served as the title track of his first album. Its second single was "New Orleans," originally recorded by Gary U. S. Bonds.

Jones' second album, Take a Letter Maria, produced his biggest hit in its No. 8 title track, a cover of the pop hit for R. B. Greaves. Later that year, he released Sugar in the Flowers, which produced singles in "Lead Me Not into Temptation" and its title track. Finishing off his single releases that year was a rendition of Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline," which Jones recorded on Take a Letter Maria.

Jones later moved to Epic Records, where he charted three singles in 1973, including a No. 33 cover of Jim Croce's "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown". He recorded for Homa Records in the 1970s but did not have any chart success, and charted for the last time in 1986 with the No. 74 "Those Eyes" on the Air label. After retiring from the music business, Jones founded a club called Proud Mary in Shreveport, Louisiana. He died on June 16, 1996.



Year Album Chart positions
US Country
1969 Proud Mary 44
1970 Take a Letter Maria
  • Released: 1969
  • Label: Chart Records No. 1027
  • Format: LP
Sugar in the Flowers
  • Released: 1970
  • Label: Chart Records #CHS-1036
  • Format: LP
1971 Greatest Hits
  • Released: 1971
  • Label: Chart Records #CHS-1047
  • Format: LP


Year Single Chart positions Album
US Country[1] CAN Country
1969 "Proud Mary" 22 Proud Mary
"New Orleans" 28
1970 "Take a Letter Maria" 8 8 Take a Letter Maria
"Lead Me Not Into Temptation" 56 Sugar in the Flowers
"One for the Road"A 32
"Sugar in the Flowers" 38 38
"Sweet Caroline" 40 35 Take a Letter Maria
1973 "I'm Right Where I Belong" 70 singles only
"Bad, Bad Leroy Brown" 33 83
"I've Got Mine" 69
1986 "Those Eyes" 74
  • AB-side to "Lead Me Not into Temptation."


  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel. Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 212. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.