Ronnie Laws

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Ronnie Laws
Birth nameRonald Wayne Laws
Born (1950-10-03) October 3, 1950 (age 69)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
GenresJazz, jazz fusion, smooth jazz, jazz funk
InstrumentsSaxophone, flute
Years active1972–present
LabelsBlue Note, Liberty, Columbia
Associated actsHubert Laws, Eloise Laws, Debra Laws, Earth, Wind & Fire

Ronald Wayne Laws (born October 3, 1950) is an American jazz, jazz fusion,[1] smooth jazz saxophonist. He is the younger brother of jazz flautist Hubert Laws, jazz vocalist Eloise Laws and the older brother of Debra Laws.


Born and raised in Houston, Texas Laws is the fifth of eight children. He started playing the saxophone at the age of 11.[2]

He attended Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas, for two years.

During 1971 Laws journeyed to Los Angeles, California to embark upon a musicial career. He started off by performing with trumpeter Hugh Masekela. Within 1972, Laws joined the band Earth, Wind & Fire where he played saxophone and flute on their album Last Days and Time. After 18 months with EWF he went on to become a solo artist.[2]

During 1975 Laws issued his debut album entitled Pressure Sensitive on Blue Note Records.[3] The album reached No. 25 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart.[4] In 1976, Laws went on to release his second LP Fever.[5] The album reached No. 13 on the Billboard Top Soul LPs chart.[6]

His third album, Friends & Strangers, was issued in 1977 on United Artists Records.[7] The album has been certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.[8] Laws' fourth studio LP, entitled Flame was released in September 1978 on United Artists.[9] The LP reached No. 16 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart.[10]

His follow up album Every Generation was issued in 1980 by United Artists Records.[11] The album reached No. 4 on the Billboard Top Soul Albums chart.[12]

Work with other artists[edit]

Laws produced and sang on his sister Debra Laws' 1981 album "Very Special." He has also worked with artists such as Guru, Howard Hewett, Brian Culbertson, Ramsey Lewis, Jeff Lorber, Deniece Williams, Alphonse Mouzon, Norman Brown, The Crusaders and Sister Sledge.[13]


Artists such as Boney James and Norman Brown have been influenced by Laws.[14][15]


Year[13] Title[13] Peak chart positions Record label[13] Certifications
(sales thresholds)


Con. Jazz

Tra. Jazz

1975 Pressure Sensitive 73 25 Blue Note
1976 Fever 46 13 Blue Note
1977 Friends & Strangers 37 13 Blue Note Gold: RIAA[21]
1978 Flame 51 16 United Artists
1980 Every Generation 24 4 Blue Note
1981 Solid Ground 51 17 Blue Note
1983 Mr. Nice Guy 98 24 19 Capitol
1984 Classic Masters 33 16 Liberty, United Artists
1986 Mirror Town Columbia
1987 All Day Rhythm Columbia
1990 True Spirit 13 Par Records
1990 Identity 80 19 ARD
1993 Deep Soul 6 Par Records
1993 Brotherhood 101 South Records
1995 Natural Laws 34 25 Capitol
1998 Harvest For The World 41 Angel Records
2000 Dream A Little 16 HDH Records
2004 Everlasting 39 25 HDH


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  2. ^ a b "Old Enough to Have Paid Dues and Then Some".
  3. ^ Ronnie Laws: Pressure Sensitive. Blue Note Records. 1975.
  4. ^ "Ronnie Laws: Pressure Sensitive (Top Soul Albums)".
  5. ^ Ronnie Laws: Flame. Blue Note Records. 1976.
  6. ^ "Ronnie Laws: Fever (Top Soul LPs)".
  7. ^ Ronnie Laws: Friends and Strangers. United Artists Records. 1977.
  8. ^ "Ronnie Laws: Friends and Strangers".
  9. ^ Ronnie Laws: Flame. United Artists Records. September 1978.
  10. ^ "Ronnie Laws: Flame (Top Soul Albums)".
  11. ^ Ronnie Laws: Every Generation. United Artists Records. 1980.
  12. ^ "Ronnie Laws: Every Generation (Top Soul Albums)". Billboard.
  13. ^ a b c d "Ronnie Laws".
  14. ^ "Boney James Takes Guest Artists For A 'Ride'".
  15. ^ "A guitarist who won't play what he practices". August 7, 2009.
  16. ^ "Ronnie Laws: Billboard 200". Billboard.
  17. ^ "Ronnie Laws: Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums". Billboard.
  18. ^ "Ronnie Laws: Top Jazz Albums". Billboard.
  19. ^ "Ronnie Laws: Contemporary Jazz Albums".
  20. ^ "Ronnie Laws: Traditional Jazz Albums".
  21. ^ "Ronnie Laws".

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