Ronnie Bird at Rock'n'roll jubilee, Paris 2010
|Birth name||Ronald Méhu|
24 April 1946 |
Boulogne-Billancourt, Hauts-de-Seine, France
|Years active||since 1964|
Philips, Phonogram, Mercury
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.
- Ronnie Bird (Decca, 1965, re-released in 1966 on London with five different tracks)
- One World (Phonogram 1992)
- En public (Eva, 1983)
- Twistin' the Rock, vol. 7 (Mercury, 2002)