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 was the lead singer and bass player of the English R&B band The Strutters on the London Pub Rock scene of the mid seventies.

In 1978 he recorded the debut album Stateless with the Lene Lovich band which produced the top 3 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.

Ron had been working on a project with ex-Stutters - Mark Kjeldsen and Bobbi (Irwin) Trehern they named The Sinceros (1978–1981). 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. Ron features on the 1984 Julian Cope solo album World Shut Your Mouth.

In 1984, Ron played bass guitar on the album This Island with the Eurogliders. Produced by Nigel Gray in his Oxfordshire studio, the album included the top ten single Heaven (Must Be There). Ron departed the UK to live and work in Australia. There he played bass and synthesizer on their next LP, Absolutely. The album achieved 47 weeks in the charts and 3 Australian top ten singles including "The City of Soul" which featured Rons trademark funky bass techniques.

Parting company with the Eurogliders in 1987, Ron formed the power pop trio Panic Poets. Releasing the independent single Let's Go in Australia to good airplay in 1988.

In recent years, François has collaborated on several albums with West Australian percussionist, Murray Campbell's Beatworld project. Now living in New South Wales Australia. Ron 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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