Ron François

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Ron François
Birth name Ronald Albert François
Born April 1958
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Rock, New Wave, Soul, Funk
Occupation(s) Musician, Bass Player, Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Instruments Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Drums
Associated acts The Sinceros, The Teardrop Explodes, Eurogliders, Panic Poets, Beatworld, James Reyne, Wendy Matthews, Absent Friends
Website Point Studio

Ron François first came to notice as the lead singer and bass player of the English R&B band The Strutters, which was involved in the London Pub Rock scene of the mid 1970s.

In 1978 he recorded the debut album Stateless with the Lene Lovich band, from which came the top-three UK single "Lucky Number". He then toured with the Lene Lovich band on the Stiff Records "Be Stiff Route 78 Tour" of the UK and New York.

From 1978 to 1981, François worked with ex-Strutters Mark Kjeldsen and Bobbi (Irwin) Trehern, on a project they named The Sinceros. They went on to make two albums for Epic Records, The Sound Of Sunbathing and Pet Rock, and achieved moderate success before they disbanded in 1981.

François continued playing sessions while remaining with Epic Records, releasing a solo single If You Love me, before joining The Teardrop Explodes for their Wilder album tour, which took in the UK, Europe, Australia and the US. He also features on the 1984 Julian Cope solo album World Shut Your Mouth.

In 1984, François played bass guitar on the album This Island with Eurogliders. Produced by Nigel Gray in his Oxfordshire studio, the album included the top ten single "Heaven (Must Be There)". François left the UK to live and work in Australia. He played bass and synthesizer on the Eurogliders next LP, Absolutely. The album was in the charts for 47 weeks and spawned three Australian top ten singles, including "The City of Soul" which featured François' trademark funky bass techniques.

Parting company with Eurogliders in 1987, François formed the power pop trio Panic Poets, who released the independent single "Let's Go" in Australia in 1988, gaining good airplay.

In recent years, François has collaborated on several albums with West Australian percussionist Murray Campbell, as part of Campbell's "Beatworld" project. Now living in New South Wales, François is still very much involved in songwriting and production with local artists at his recording studio (Point Studio) on the Central Coast.

References[edit]

  • Colin Larkin, The Guinness Encyclopedia of Popular Music - Page 3578, Guinness, 1995, ISBN 1-56159-176-9

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