Bio

 

Ronnie McDowell has an amazing string of hit songs that he has amassed over the years, but it is his riveting stage presence and genuine warmth that fills the seats again and again. Like all great entertainers, Ronnie McDowell has a personality that remains luminous long after the lights go dim. These qualities have inspired a nationwide network of fan-clubs with more than 3,000 members, each one a devoted promoter of everything McDowell does.

Following the death of Elvis Presley in 1977, Ronnie McDowell came out of nowhere to dazzle the world with his heartfelt and self-penned tribute song “The King Is Gone” on the independent Scorpion label. The record took off immediately, gaining airplay on country and pop stations across the country and around the world. To date, “The King Is Gone” has sold more than 5 Million copies.

All of a sudden, the young man from Portland, Tennessee was a star, and he quickly proved that he wasn’t just a one-trick pony. McDowell scored a second hit for the Scorpion label titled “I Love You, I Love You, I Love You” before being wooed and signed by CBS Records – Epic label in 1979.
Ronnie McDowell charted a string of hit singles and albums for Epic between 1979 and 1986. Every single release with the exception of just one became a Top 10 Hit including the chart toppers “Older Women” and “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation.” Other hits during his Epic years included “Watchin Girls Go By,” “Personally,” “You Made A Wanted Man Of Me,” “All Tied Up,” and “In A New York Minute.”

McDowell toured constantly to support each album release and consequently built an astounding fan base throughout the country. He sought the advice of artists such as Conway Twitty who became, in essence, not only his mentor but his friend as well. Twitty helped the young singer with advise about touring, recording and most of all entertaining the fans. Twitty was certainly the master and Ronnie McDowell quickly became his prize pupil.

Moving to Curb Records in 1986, his current label to date, McDowell scored a Top 10 hit with “It’s Only Make Believe,” a duet with Conway Twitty on what was Twitty’s breakthrough hit from 1958. Two years later Ronnie teamed up with Jerry Lee Lewis for a rocking duet that McDowell wrote titled,”You’re Never Too Old To Rock N’ Roll.” He also recorded yet another Top 10 hit with his version of the pop standard “Unchained Melody,” which also became a #1 country music video. His entertaining abilities soared and he began to draw larger crowds. He started appearing in larger venues and touring with artists such as Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn before headlining his own shows.

Two of McDowell’s most recent projects on Curb Records include an album of beach music with Rock & Roll Hall of Famer Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters, entitled, “Ronnie McDowell with Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters”. The second project is a new country album titled “Ronnie McDowell Country”, a collection of six new McDowell penned songs, and a few country standards by such Legendary writers as Buck Owens, Harlan Howard and Dallas Frazier.

Ronnie McDowell is still constantly in demand on the road and he tours relentlessly with his band the Rhythm Kings. Additionally, he often tours with Elvis Presley’s original sidemen Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana along with Millie Kirkham and The Jordanaires staging a tribute to Elvis Presley’s music. Ronnie McDowell sang 36 songs on the soundtrack “Elvis,” the Dick Clark-produced television movie that featured Kurt Russell as the performer. He also was the singing voice for the television movie “Elvis And Me”, the ABC television series about the early years of Elvis’ career titled simply “Elvis” as well as, the 1997 Showtime special “Elvis Meets Nixon.”

While Elvis Presley has played a big part in Ronnie McDowell’s musical career over the years, Ronnie continues to entertain audiences with his own blend of romantic intimacy and country excitement! He looks great, he sounds great, and judging from the longtime adoration of his fans, he seems to grow better with each passing year!

DISCOGRAPHY

Albums

1977

The King Is Gone
Scorpion

1978

Live at the Fox
Scorpion

A Tribute to the King
Scorpion

I Love You, I Love You, I Love You Scorpion

1979

Elvis
Ahed

Rockin’ You Easy, Lovin’ You Slow
Epic

1980

Love So Many Ways
Epic

Going, Going, Gone
Epic

1981

Good Time Lovin’ Man
Epic

1982

Love to Burn
Epic

Greatest Hits
Epic

1983

Personally
Epic

Country Boy’s Heart
Epic

1984

Willing
Epic

1985

In a New York Minute
Epic

1985

Gospel Favorites
FIA

I’ve Got A Friend In Higer Places
RMCDE

1986

All Tied Up in Love
MCA / Curb

Hit After Hit
RMCDE

1987

Older Women and Other Greatest Hits
Epic

1988

I’m Still Missing You
Curb

1989

American Music
Curb

1990

The Best of Ronnie McDowell
Curb

1991

Unchained Melody
Curb

Your Precious Love
Curb

1992

When a Man Loves a Woman
Curb

1993

Country Dances
Curb

1994

Greatest Hits
Curb

1996

Great Gospel Songs
Curb

From the pen of Ronnie McDowell
Grand

1997

Elvis: A Tribute to the King
Intersound

1998

Now & Again: The Best of Ronnie McDowell
Intersound

I”ll be home for Christmas
Grand

2000

From Me To You
Boomer

How Great Thou Art
RMCDE

2002

A Tribute To The King
Varese

Ronnie McDowell Country
Curb

Ronnie McDowell with Bill Pinkney’s Original Drifters
Curb

2004

The E Connection: The king Is Gone
Curb

Let Me Be With You Tonight
RMCDE

E The Number Ones That Got Away Volume One
RMCDE

2005

E The Number Ones That Got Away Volume Two
RMCDE

E The Number Ones That Got Away Volume Three
RMCDE

E The Number Ones That Got Away Volume Four
RMCDE

2006

Live at Church Street Station
Acrobat

2007

Amazing Grace
RMCDE

Memories: Songs from the Movie”
Elvis: Close As A Brother”
RMCDE

2009

Lost In Dirty Dancing
Curb
8/25/09

Road Albums 1970′s

In The Beginning

On The Road

Showtime

Strawberry Have

The Singles

1981 

Older Women
#1 Epic

1983

You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation
#1 Epic

1984

In a New York Minute
#2 US #1 Canada
Epic

1986

All Tied Up
#5 US #1 Canada
Curb

1990
Unchained Melody
#1 music video
Curb

1980

Wandering Eyes
#2 Epic

1981

Watchin’ Girls Go By
#2 Epic

1983

You Made a Wanted Man of Me
#2 Epic

1984

I Got a Million of ‘Em
#2 Epic

1977

The King is Gone
#3
Scorpion

1978

I Love You, I Love You, I Love You
#3
Scorpion

1982

Step Back
#3 Epic

1982

Personally
#4 Epic

1984

I Dream of Women Like You
#4 Epic

1985

Love Talks
#4 Epic

1987

It’s Only Make Believe
#5 Curb

1978

Here Comes the Reason I Live
Top 10 Scorpion

1978

World’s Most Perfect Woman
Top 10 Epic

1982

I Just Cut Myself
(On a Piece of Her Broken Heart)
Top 10 Epic

1980

Never Seen a Mountain So High
#25 Epic

1986

Lovin’ That Crazy Feelin
#27 Curb

1988

Suspicion
#27 Curb

1989

Sea of Heartbreak
Top 40 Curb


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