Ronnie Dove

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Ronnie Dove
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Ronnie Dove in 1966
Background information
Birth nameRonald Eugene Dove
Born (1935-09-07) September 7, 1935 (age 83)
Herndon, Virginia, United States
GenresPop, country
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, producer, television host
Years active1959–1989, 1991–present
LabelsDiamond Records, Decca Records, Certron Records, MCA Records, Hobby Records, Melodyland Records, Wrayco Records
Associated actsJohnny Thunder, Ronnie McDowell
Websitehttp://www.ronniedove.com http://ronniedovemusic.com

Ronald Eugene Dove (born September 7, 1935) is an American pop and country musician who had a string of hit pop records in the mid to late 1960s and several country chart records in the 70s and 80s.

Early life[edit]

Ronnie Dove, the only son of Fairfax County, Virginia police sergeant Paul S. Dove and his first wife, Catherine Pearl nee Smith Dove Rusk, was born in Herndon, Virginia, his older sister is Marjorie L. Forrester. During his stint in the Coast Guard, Dove began his singing career in the clubs of Baltimore, where he was stationed. He formed a group, The Belltones, and they played Baltimore and the East Coast for four years. In 1959, they recorded their debut single "Lover Boy" on their own label. In 1961, they released a cover of the Buddy Knox hit "Party Doll" on Decca Records, but it failed to chart. They issued one more single on Jalo Records before the group broke up and Dove went solo.[1]

Career[edit]

He went solo and signed with Diamond Records in 1964. His first solo single, "Sweeter Than Sugar" appeared in April 1964 to no national fanfare, though it did appear in some local surveys. Later that year, Diamond released "Say You" and earned Dove his first chart record. The next single, a cover of Wanda Jackson's "Right Or Wrong," put him into the Top 20. In 1965, he had 5 chart singles and after just three albums Diamond Records released a "best of" collection. His name was featured many times in both Billboard and Cashbox awards in 1965.

More hits came in 1966 and 1967 including "My Babe", “Cry”, "Happy Summer Days" and several others. After releasing his cover of Johnnie Ray’s song “Cry”, Ronnie appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show to sing the song.[2] He continued to record for Diamond until it was sold in 1970 to Aubrey Mayhew's Certron Records. There, he recorded a live album and several singles that went unreleased. However, Certron did issue a “Greatest Hits” compilation of his Diamond songs, as well as one unreleased song. The label had money issues from the start and went bankrupt in 1971.[3] Shortly thereafter, he went to the independent Wrayco Records and released a Bobby Hebb cover of the song "Sunny”. The single received no promotion from the label and subsequently failed to chart.

Country Music[edit]

After his stints with Certron and Wrayco, he signed a new deal with Decca Records in 1971 and pointed his career in a more country oriented direction, scoring two minor country chart hits and an album. Later, he moved to the Motown country label Melodyland and had a top 40 country hit with a cover of Bobby Darin’s Things, which would become his highest charting country hit. During this period, he recorded two albums of country music, but neither ended up being released.[4] Although he moved to some smaller, independent labels throughout the rest of the 1970’s and 1980’s, he still continued to record. He opened his own club in Baltimore and his fans were able to see him perform through the 1980s. He briefly revived the Diamond record label in 1987 to release a couple of singles and an album. These two singles managed to reach the lower rungs of Billboard's Country charts.

Later career[edit]

Dove quit show business in 1989 to care for his ailing mother. She died in 1991, and Dove resumed performing. Dove continues to perform, mostly on the East Coast, and nationwide.[5] There have been several compilations issued on CD, including The Complete Original Chart Hits: 1964-69, available from Real Gone Music.[6]

In 2018, Ronnie Dove Music reissued Ronnie’s 1967 album Cry album digitally, sourced from newly available tapes. The other albums will also be reissued eventually.[7]

In 2019, Ronnie’s song “Happy Summer Days” was featured in an Amazon commercial.[8]

Television[edit]

Ronnie Dove has appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, American Bandstand, Where the Action Is, The Mike Douglas Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Lloyd Thaxton Show, The Bob Braun Show, That Nashville Music, Nashville Now, and several other local and national television shows. More recently, he appeared on RFD-TV’s “Shotgun Red Variety Show” in 2013.[9] [10]

In addition, he also hosted his own television show. “The Ronnie Dove Show” aired on several stations throughout the East coast in 1966. Only two episodes of the show survive (one featuring The Drifters, the other featuring Bobbi Martin) and Ronnie sells DVDs of the shows on his website as well as at some personal appearances.[11]

Discography[edit]

Studio Albums[edit]

A These two albums were released as radio station promos only, no stock copies were ever available.[13]

Compilations[edit]

Singles[edit]

Year Titles (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
Label & Number Chart positions[14] Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. AC U.S. Country
1959 "Lover Boy"
b/w "I'll Be Around"
Dove 1021 - - - Non-album tracks
1961 "Party Doll"
b/w "Yes Darling, I'll Be Around"
Decca 31288 - - -
1962 "Saddest Song (Of The Year)"
b/w "No Greater Love"
Jalo 1406 - - -
1964 "Sweeter Than Sugar"
b/w "I Believed In You"
Diamond 163 - - - Right Or Wrong
1964 "Say You"
b/w "Let Me Stay Today" (Non-album track)
Diamond 167 40 - -
1964 "Right Or Wrong"A
b/w "Baby, Put Your Arms Around Me"
Diamond 173 14 - -
1965 "Hello Pretty Girl"
b/w "Keep It A Secret"
Diamond 176 54 - -
1965 "One Kiss For Old Times' Sake"
b/w "No Greater Love" (first pressings)
"Bluebird" (later pressings)
(Both B-sides from Right Or Wrong)
Diamond 179 14 - - One Kiss For Old Times' Sake
1965 "A Little Bit Of Heaven"
b/w "If I Live To Be A Hundred"
Diamond 184 16 4 -
1965 "I'll Make All Your Dreams Come True"
b/w "I Had To Lose You (To Find That I Need You)" (from One Kiss For Old Times' Sake)
Diamond 188 21 2 - I'll Make All Your Dreams Come True
1965 "Kiss Away"
b/w "Where In The World" (from One Kiss For Old Times' Sake)
Diamond 191 25 5 -
1965 "When Liking Turns To Loving"
b/w "I'm Learning How To Smile Again" (from I'll Make All Your Dreams Come True)
Diamond 195 18 6 - The Best Of Ronnie Dove
1966 "Let's Start All Over Again"
b/w "That Empty Feeling"
Diamond 198 20 34 - Ronnie Dove Sings The Hits For You
1966 "Happy Summer Days"
b/w "Long After"
Diamond 205 27 7 -
1966 "I Really Don't Want To Know"
b/w "Years Of Tears" (from Cry)
Diamond 208 22 12 -
1966 "Cry"
b/w "Autumn Rhapsody"
Diamond 214 18 16 - Cry
1967 "One More Mountain To Climb"
b/w "All" (from One Kiss For Old Times' Sake)
Diamond 217 45 - -
1967 "My Babe"
b/w "Put My Mind At Ease" (from I'll Make All Your Dreams Come True)
Diamond 221 50 - - The Best Of Ronnie Dove, Volume 2
1967 "I Want To Love You For What You Are"
b/w "I Thank You For Your Love" (Non-album track)
Diamond 227 54 - -
1967 "Dancin' Out Of My Heart"
b/w "Back From Baltimore" (from The Best Of Ronnie Dove, Volume 2)
Diamond 235 87 - - Non-album tracks
1968 "In Some Time"
b/w "Livin' For Your Lovin'"
Diamond 240 99 37 -
1968 "Mountain Of Love"
b/w "Never Gonna Cry (The Way I'll Cry Tonight)" (Non-album track)
Diamond 244 67 - - Ronnie Dove Sings The Hits For You
1968 "Tomboy"
b/w "Tell Me Tomorrow"
Diamond 249 96 27 - Non-album tracks
1969 "What's Wrong With My World"
b/w "That Empty Feeling" (from Ronnie Dove Sings The Hits For You)
Diamond 256 - - -
1969 "I Need You Now"
b/w "Bluebird" (from Right Or Wrong)
Diamond 260 93 - -
1970 "Chains Of Love"
b/w "If I Live To Be A Hundred" (from One Kiss For Old Times' Sake)
Diamond 271 - - -
1971 "Talking To My Children's Mama"
b/w "Sunny"
Wrayco 201 - - -
1971 "If I Cried Everytime You Hurt"
b/w "Just The Other Side Of Nowhere"
Decca 32853 - - - Ronnie Dove
1972 "Kiss The Hurt Away"
b/w "He Cries Like A Baby"
Decca 32919 - - 61
1972 "My World Of Memories"
b/w "It's No Sin" (Non-album track)
Decca 32997 - - -
1972 "Lilacs In Winter"
b/w "Is It Wrong (For Loving You)"
Decca 33038 - - 69
1973 "So Long Dixie"
b/w "Take Me Back"
MCA 40106 - - - Non-album tracks
1975 "Please Come To Nashville"
b/w "Pictures On Paper"
Melodyland 6004 - - 75
1975 "Things"
b/w "Here We Go Again"
Melodyland 6011 - - 25
1975 "Drina (Take Your Love Off For Me)"
b/w "Your Sweet Love"
Melodyland 6021 - - -
1976 "Right Or Wrong"
b/w "Guns"
Melodyland 6030 - - -
1976 "Tragedy"
b/w "Songs We Sang As Children"
Hitsville 6038 - - -
1976 "Why Daddy"
b/w "The Morning After The Night Before"
Hitsville 6045 - - -
1978 "The Angel In Your Eyes"
b/w "Songs We Sang As Children"
M.C. 5013 - - - New Old-Fashioned Love
1983 "She Feels So Right (I Feel So Wrong)"
b/w "Loving On Back Streets"
Moon Shine 3018 - - - The Bird is Back
1984 "Lucille Stubs"
b/w "Loving On Back Streets"
Hobby 1001 - - -
1984 "Slowly"
b/w "Lucille Stubs"
Hobby 1002 - - -
1984 "A Short Walk From Heaven"
b/w "Livin' For Your Lovin'"
Hobby 1003 - - -
1985 "I Don't Hurt Anymore"
b/w "She Feels So Right"
Hobby 1004 - - -
1985 "I'll Never Fall In Love Again"
b/w "Just Call My Name"
Gallery II 2002 - - - Non-album tracks
1986 "Just Call My Name"
b/w "She Feels So Right" (from The Bird Is Back)
NCA 133738 - - -
1987 "Heart"
b/w "Old Time Rock 'N Roll"
Diamond 378 - - 77 From The Heart
1987 "Rise and Shine"
b/w "World Of Memories"
Diamond 379 - - 73

A “Right or Wrong” also peaked at #4 on the Cashbox R&B chart. Billboard was not printing National R&B charts at the time. It was Ronnie’s only record to hit the R&B chart.[15]

DVDs[edit]

  • "Time Capsule" (features his American Bandstand and Nashville Now performances among others.)
  • "The Ronnie Dove Show" (features the only two surviving episodes of his television show from 1966.)

These two DVDs can be purchased from Ronnie's website (www.ronniedovemusic.com) [16]

References[edit]

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