Thursday, 26 December 2013

Ronnie Prophet born 26 December 1937

Ronald Lawrence Victor Prophet (born 26 December 1937 in Hawkesbury, Ontario) is a Canadian-born country musician and comedy performer.

The versatile Ronnie Prophet was not only a country music singer, but also a gifted impressionist, an entertaining storyteller and an emcee. He was born in Calmut, Quebec, the youngest of three children.
As a musician, he began playing square dances throughout the province. He made his debut in Ottawa on CFRA's country music show 'The Happy Wanderers', followed by appearances at several Montreal nightclubs until 1964. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1966, wintering in the Bahamas and performing at the Jack Tar Hotel. Soon he began playing at Boots Randolph's Carousel Club, which later became Ronnie Prophet's Carousel Club.

Here's Malaguena taken from above 1965 LP

In the early 1970s, he made his television debut on the long-running CBC television series The Tommy Hunter Show. Eventually he had his own show, which ran until 1981. He next hosted Grand Old Country on the CTV network and the British series Ronnie Prophet Entertains. In 1975, Prophet made his recording debut; his first hit single, "Sanctuary," made the Top 30 and was followed by three other mid-range hits. He continued to appear on television.

Prophet received Juno Awards in 1978 and 1979 for Country Male Vocalist of the Year, Big Country Awards in 1976 and 1980 for Outstanding Male Performance and the CCMA Award for Entertainer of the Year in 1984. He has recorded more than 25 albums and charted 5 singles during the 1970's on the Billboard Country charts.

Ronnie is known for his one-man shows, which combine song, comedy, impersonations and his considerable skill as a guitarist. During the 1990's Ronnie and his wife Glory-Anne (Carierre) hosted their own club show in Branson, Missouri until 2005.

These days, Ronnie and Glory-Anne immerse their grandkids in music, play one-nighters at their leisure and work on various projects. Ronnie was reputedly working on a gospel album with Gary Paxton (who wrote "The Monster Mash") and is excited about finally writing a book.

(Info Wikipedia & all Music & CCMA hall of Fame)

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