Ronnie Singer

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Ronnie Singer
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Background information
Born(1928-06-09)June 9, 1928
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
DiedSeptember 12, 1953(1953-09-12) (aged 25)
New York City
Years active1940s–1953

Ronnie Singer (June 9, 1928 – September 12, 1953) was an American jazz guitarist from Chicago. Singer was influential on other jazz musicians,[1] and was considered “just as good as Jimmy Raney", according to Jimmy Gourley who played with both guitarists in Chicago.[2] He was heavily addicted to heroin.[2] At the age of 25, he and his wife committed suicide together in a New York City hotel room.[3] According to Lou Levy, Singer "was one of the great losses... He would have been one of the all-time greats."[3]


  1. ^ Ingram, Adrian (August 2001). A Concise History of the Electric Guitar. Mel Bay Publications. p. 31. ISBN 0-7866-4982-8.
  2. ^ a b Cotterrell, Roger (1983). "The Jimmy Gourley Story". Jazz Forum. Warsaw: International Jazz Federation (82): 40.
  3. ^ a b Gitler, Ira (May 1987). Swing to Bop: An Oral History of the Transition in Jazz in the 1940s. Oxford University Press. pp. 268–269. ISBN 0-19-505070-3.