Ronnie Bird

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Ronnie Bird
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Ronnie Bird at Rock'n'roll jubilee, Paris 2010
Background information
Birth nameRonald Méhu
Born (1946-04-24) 24 April 1946 (age 73)
Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
GenresRock
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter
Years activesince 1964
LabelsDecca
Philips, Phonogram, Mercury

Ronnie Bird, born Ronald Méhu (born 24 April 1946 in Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine), is a French singer.

Career[edit]

As a student, he attended Lycée Claude Bernard until he had an argument with a teacher. He debuted his recording career in 1964 with Decca, with the title track Adieu à un ami, which was a homage to Buddy Holly. Despite his evident ability and the apparent success of songs like Elle m'attend, Où va-t-elle ?, he ended his artistic career after 5 years.

He is also noted for participating in the French production of the musical Hair between 1968 and 1972 . Moreover, he wrote the lyrics of the song, Precious Things, sung by Dee Dee Bridgewater, in a duet with Ray Charles, which saw success in 1989.

The song Le Pivert (the woodpecker) was prohibited from being played on Radio-France because of, according to an internal memo, its "vulgar attack on good taste". The memo was published in Charlie Hebdo.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • Ronnie Bird (Decca, 1965, re-released in 1966 on London with five different tracks)
  • One World (Phonogram 1992)

Live albums[edit]

  • En public (Eva, 1983)

Compilations[edit]

  • Twistin' the Rock, vol. 7 (Mercury, 2002)

References[edit]