RONNIE DAWSON





SINGLES

BACKBEAT 522 RONNIE DEE Action Packed / I Make The Love11/1958 US
APEX 9-76407 RONNIE DEE Action Packed / I Make The Love1958 CAN
ROCKIN' RECORDS #1  "THE BLOND BOMBER" RONNIE DAWSON Rockin' Bones / Congratulations To Me9/1959 US
SWAN S 4047 RONNIE DAWSON Ain't That A Kick In The Head? / Hazel12/1959 US
QUALITY K 1985 RONNIE DAWSON Ain't That A Kick In The Head? / Hazel1960 CAN
SWAN S-4054 RONNIE DAWSON Summer's Coming / Decided By Angels5/1960 US
BARRY B-3004 RONNIE DAWSON Summer's Coming / Decided By Angels1960 CAN
DO-BOY 9128/9 JOHNNY AND THE JILLS (featuring Ronnie Dawson) Poor Little Johnny Smith / Pauline12/1960 US 
MAVERICK 101 RONNIE DAWSON My Big Desire / How Can We Tell Her?9/1961 US
COLUMBIA 4-42217 COMMONWEALTH JONES (=Ronnie Dawson) Do Do Do / Who's Been Here12/1961 US
FAST 3035 RONNIE DAWSON My Big Desire / How Can We Tell Her1962 BEL
LEVEE 701 THE BANJO BAND FROM LEVEE (feat. Ronnie Dawson) Riders In The Sky / Everybody Clap Your Hands196? US
SANDEB 716 RONNIE DAWSON Make Me Your Man / Ribbons And Roses196? US
KAPP 691 THE D-MEN (possibly feat. Ronnie Dawson) Every Minute Of The Day / So Little Time1965 US
CHARAY C-14 RONNIE DAWSON Love Don't Need No Reason / Alpine Winter (instrumental, prob. without Ronnie Dawson)196? US
BANNER BA-105 COMMONWEALTH JONES (=Ronnie Dawson) Jump & Run / Tied Down4/1966 US
COLUMBIA 4-44757 RON DAWSON Dark Side Of Lovin' You / If Baby's Still On My Mind  1969 US
COLUMBIA 4-44978 RON DAWSON She Cried / Steel Rain Blues1969 US
NO HIT 45-101 RONNIE DAWSON WITH THE TIN STARS (a) / RONNIE DAWSON WITH EDDIE ANGEL, BRIAN NEVILL AND MATT RADFORD (b)  Up Jumped The Devil / No Dice1991 UK
ROCK-A-BILLY R-500 RONNIE DAWSON & THE FRANTIC FLATTOPS Boy Next Door / Rockin' Boppin' Fever1994 US 

Also some 7" and 10" one-sided acetate- and DJ-singles recorded at the Bell-Sound Studios, N.Y. are known to exist:
- Jump & Run (Banner Records)
- Rip It Up (Maverick Records)
- Rockin' Bones/Congratulations To Me (Rockin' Records)
- Don't Be Cruel/Whole Lot Of Shakin' Goin' On (Bell Records)
- Good Rockin' Tonight (Bell Records 10")
- Roll Over Beethoven (Bell Records 10")
- Jailhouse Rock (Bell Records 10")
- Don't Be Cruel (Bell Records 10")
- Hound Dog (Bell Records 10")
- Heartbreak Hotel (Bell Records 10")

Ronnie Dawson also used to work as a session musician for Major Bill Smith in the early sixties. He may have played the drums on Bruce Channel's '61 hit song "Hey! Baby" (Le Cam 953), and Paul & Paula's million seller of 1962 "Hey Paula" (Le Cam 979/Philips 40084). With certainty Ronnie appears as a drummer on: Manco ML 1012 by Howard Crockett: "Steamboat Bill"/"That Old Jukebox" (1961), Limelight 3010 by Mac Curtis: "Lie And Get By"/"12th Of June", (1963), Domino 101 by Gene Summers: "Who Stole The Marker (From The Grave Of Bonnie Parker)"/"The Table On My Right" (1968), and several 1961-65 Texas recordings by Amos Milburn Jr.

Note: "The Blond Bomber" on the single Hull 737, "Strollie Bun" / "I Am To Blame" is not Ronnie Dawson. Also "Ronnie Dee" on the single Chancellor 1145, "Hardboiled Sue" / "Charlena" from the early sixties is actually Tommy Dawson. Again, it's not known, who is Ronnie Dee who recorded "Little Boy Blue" / "Never Leave The One You Love" (Wye 5-1008) in 1961, or Ronnie Dee & The Down Beats who recorded "This Should Go On Forever" in 1959 (Savoy 45-1559, on b-side of Gene Terry & his Down Beats' "Fine-Fine", 2/1959), or Ronnie Dawson on 14 WBNS KSP-117-78 ("Open Season" / "Hang On, Woody", 1978).




ALBUMS

NO HIT LP 001/CD 1 ROCKIN' BONES  (LP/CD)
Rockin' Bones / Congratulations To Me / Do Do Do / Who's Been Here / Action Packed / Tied Down / I Make The Love / Riders In The Sky / Jump And Run / Tired Of Waitin' / I'm On Your Wagon / Who Put The Cat Out / Reelin' And Rockin' / Straight Skirt / Searching For My Baby / Everybody Clap Your Hands / The Chicken (cd bonus) / Muddy Coffee (cd bonus) / Rumble (cd bonus) / 24 Hours A Day (cd bonus)
1988/1993 UK
NO HIT LP 002 STILL A LOT OF RHYTHM  (LP)
This Is The Night / I Tried To Be Fair / Hillbilly Blues / Bad Case Of A Broken Heart / Fool About You / Rockin' Dog / Come Back Uncle John / Running Wild / V8 Ford Boogie / Party Time / Roadhouse Rock / Ghost Riders
1989 UK
NO HIT LP 004/CD 4 ROCKINITS  (LP/CD)
Shim Sham Shimmy / You Tore Your Playhouse Down / Monkey's Uncle / Rockinitis / Yum Yum Yum / The Worryin' Kind / Movin' Around / Knock Down Drag Out / Bad Mouthin' / The Cats Were Jumpin' / A Real Good Time / I'm Tore Up / Red Hot Mama / Rockin' In The Cemetery / Hot Hot Water
-- reissue: Crystal Clear CD CCR 9619-2, 1991 US with bonus track "Sloppy Drunk" --
1991 UK
NO HIT LP 008/CD 8 MONKEY BEAT  (LP/CD)
Wham Bam Jam / Wiggle Waddle Woman / Up Jumped The Devil / Little Mixed Up / Crazy Shoes / Mule Train / Sick & Tired / Snake Man / Monkey Beat City / Down In Mexico / This Is The Night / I Tried To Be Fair / Hillbilly Blues / Bad Case Of A Broken Heart / Fool About You / Rockin' Dog / Come Back Uncle John / Running Wild / V Eight Ford Boogie / Party Time / Roadhouse Rock / Ghost Riders
(the last 12 tracks are CD bonus songs taken from "Still A Lot Of Rhythm"-album)
1991 UK
CRYSTAL CLEAR CCR 9643-2 ROCKIN BONES - THE LEGENDARY MASTERS  (2-CD)
Searchin' For My Baby / Straight Skirts / Chicken / It's Love Baby (24 Hours A Day) / Fire, Fire, Fire (demo) / Make A Little Love (demo) / Slenderella (demo) / My First Love (demo) / Why Did You Cry? (demo) / I'm Coming Home (demo) / Slenderella (alternate version, demo) / Fire, Fire, Fire (alt. version) / Baby Brother / Rockin' Bones (demo) / Congratulations To Me (demo) / Green-Eyed Cat / I Make The Love / Action Packed / Rockin' Bones / Congratulations To Me / Ain't That A Kick In The Head / Hazel / Poor Little Johnny Smith / Pauline / Do Do Do / Tired Of Waiting / Who's Been Here? / Who Put The Cat Out? / Jump And Run / Tied Down / Muddy Coffee / I'm On Your Wagon / Riders In The Sky / Everybody Clap Your Hands
1996 US
UPSTART CD 032/NO HIT (UK) LP 019 JUST ROCKIN' & ROLLIN'  (LP/CD)
Just Rockin' And Rollin' / You Got A Long Way To Go / Veronica / Fish Out O'Water / Home Cookin' / Club Wig Wam / You're Humbuggin' Me / Mexigo / It Wouldn't Do No Good / She's A Bad Un / High On Love / Sucker For A Cheap Guitar / Hoodlum / Tired Of Travellin' / No Dice / Party Town
1996 US/UK
# RDLP 002 ACTION PACKED  (10" LP)
Rockin' Bones (alt. vers.) / Slenderella (vers. 2) / Fire, Fire, Fire (vers. 1) / Make A Little Love / Green Eyed Cat / Why Did You Cry / Congratulations To Me (alt. vers.) / Slenderella (vers. 6) / 24 Hours A Day / Rumble
1997
CONTINENTAL COTR 8124 LIVE AT THE CONTINENTAL CLUB  (CD)
Introduction-Red Hot Mama / Good Evening / Shim Sham Shimmy / Intro To Crazy Shoes / Crazy Shoes / It Wouldn't Do No Good / High On Love / Yum Yum / Fish Out O'Water / Jocko / V-8 Ford Boogie / Party Time / Knock Down Drag Out / Tired Of Travelin' / Oreo Swing / Veronica / Rockinitis / Rockin' Bones / Home Cookin' / Action Packed / Monkey Beat City
1998 US
YEP ROC YEP 2012 MORE BAD HABITS  (CD)
Good At Being Bad / Mac Attack / Toe Up From The Flo Up / Wakahachie Drag Race / Bobwire Betty / Chili Pepper Mama / Bad Habit Or Two / Rockin' Country Cat / Rockin' Calaveras / Rippin' And A Roarin' / Bayou Beauty / The Frim Fram Sauce / Party Slab
1999 US


In addition, there are also 3 LP's released in the 1960's on Levee and Wagon Wheel Records, apparently all featuring Ronnie Dawson on banjo/guitar + vocals on some songs. The personnel on Wagon Wheel album include: Marvin 'Smokey' Montgomery, Ron Dawson, Bill Hudson, Ken Cobb, Don Franklin, Jerry Haag, and Beryl Main.

EVERYBODY CLAP YOUR HANDS WITH THE BANJO BAND FROM THE LEVEE  (Levee Records MLR-773)
Livin' At The Levee / Cottonfields / Scotch And Soda / Mountain Dew / Riders In The Sky / Bye Bye Blues / Everybody Clap Your Hands / Medley: Babyface-Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey-Yes, Sir, That's My Baby / Medley: Sidewalks Of New York-The Band Played On-Bicycle Built For Two / Medley: Ain't She Sweet?-Toot Toot Tootsie-Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me) / Put Your Old Gray Bonnet / Medley: Carolina In The Morning-Waiting For Robert E. Lee

THE LEVEE SINGERS: TAKE ME HOME  (Levee Records MLR-775)
Take Me Home / Washington & Lee Swing / Sweet Roseanne / Three Jiggers, Goodbye / 88 Days In The Country Jail / Battle Hymn Of The Republic / Rock Island Line / Booger Red / The Oak And The Willow / Deep Blue River / Travelin' Light (As I Go) / Oh, What A Beautiful City

THE WAGON MASTERS: INTRODUCTION TO WAGON WHEEL  (Wagon Wheel WW-1001)
Wagon Wheel Ramble / Bill Bailey / Bells Of St. Mary / The Star / Pick Up My Heart / Cattle Call / Wheels / Hey Li Lee Li Lee / Scotch And Soda (sung by Ron Dawson) / Wagon Wheels




COMPILATIONS

COLLECTOR CLS 2308 V/A: UNKNOWN ROCK & ROLL  (LP)
Commonwealth Jones: Jump And Run
1976 HOL
EAGLE 304 V/A: STACK-A-RECORDS, VOL. II  (LP)
Ronnie Dee: Action Packed
1978 GER
EAGLE 309 V/A: SOMETHING SPECIAL-BILLY  (LP)
Rockin' Bones
1979 GER
WENDI LP 000002 V/A: ACTION PACKED  (LP)
Ronnie Dee: Action Packed
1980 AUS
WENDI LP 000013 V/A: MAMA ROCK  (LP)
Rockin' Bones
1980 AUS
FED 15 V/A: RONNIE DAWSON/TOMMY CASSEL/JIVE BOMBERS/WINK MARTINDALE  (7" EP)
Rockin' Bones
19?? NOR
MONSTER A GO-GO JM 13 V/A: SONGS WE TAUGHT THE CRAMPS - 16 CRAMPS CLASSICS BY THE ORIGINAL ARTISTS  (LP)
Rockin' Bones
1985
ACE CH 158 V/A: ROCK AND ROLL DANCE PARTY, VOL.5  (LP)
Ronnie Dee: Action Packed
1986 UK
BORN BAD BB 001 V/A: BORN BAD, VOL.1  (LP/CD)
Rockin' Bones
1986/1992 UK
ESOLDUN RR 2011 V/A: HOT BOPPIN' CATS  (LP)
Rockin' Bones / Ronnie Dee: Action Packed
1987 FRA
NO HIT LP 003 V/A: DESPERATE DALLAS DEMOS  (LP)
Muddy Coffee / The Chicken
1989 UK
SUNJAY SJLP-588 V/A: BIG D JAMBOREE  (LP)
Ronnie Dee: I Make The Love / Billy Jack Hale (possibly feat. Ronnie Dawson:gtr): I've Got To See For Myself / Lucke Me - Lucky You / Keep Me In Your Heart / Move Over Buddy
1991 SWE
RHINO R2 70742 V/A: ROCK THIS TOWN - ROCKABILLY HITS, VOL.2  (CD)
Ronnie Dee: Action Packed
1991 US
N.V. COMP 1 V/A: TWENTY BLASTERS FROM BLIGHTY  (LP)
Ronnie Dawson & the Planet Rockers: Rockin' In The Cemetery / Ronnie Dawson & the B-Men: Squeaky (instrumental)
-- reissue: Raucous RAUCD 071, 2000 UK --
1991 UK
MSIF 2002 V/A: ROOTS OF STRAY CATS, VOL.2  (CD)
Ronnie Dee: Action Packed
1992 JPN
CLUB 013 V/A: GRAB THIS AND DANCE, VOL.13  (LP)
Commonwealth Jones: Jump And Run
1993 UK
GO-CAT-GO TECX25750 V/A: BIG D JAMBOREE - ROCKABILLY 40TH ANNIVERSARY  (LP)
Ronnie Dee: I Make The Love (alt.)
1994 JPN
NV RECORDS NVCD 9 V/A: STATESIDE ROCKABILLY  (CD)
Sloppy Drunk
1994 UK
DALLAS OBSERVER RECORDS DO9999 V/A: DALLAS, SCENE, HEARD (RARE & UNRELEASED TRACKS COMPILED BY THE DALLAS OBSERVER)  (CD)
Shim Sham Shimmy
1995 US
DR. BOOGIE CD 1 V/A: DR. BOOGIE - HARD TO FIND ON CD  (CD) 1995 UK?
DEBUTANTE 553 868-2 V/A: AND THE TRAIN KEPT A'ROLLIN' - 19 ROCKABILLY CLASSICS  (CD)
Rockin' Bones
1997 US
NV RECORDS NVCD 15 V/A: INTERNATIONAL ROCKABILLY  (CD)
Up Jumped The Devil
199? UK
K-TEL 4328 V/A: ROCK-A-BILLY PARTY 2000  (CD)
Just Rockin' And Rollin'
1999
RHINO R2 75704 V/A: LOUD, FAST & OUT OF CONTROL - THE WILD SOUNDS OF '50S ROCK  (4-CD)
Ronnie Dee: Action Packed / Ronnie Dawson, The Blond Bomber: Rockin' Bones
1999 US
ACE CDCHD 715 V/A: ROCKIN' FROM COAST TO COAST, VOL.2  (CD)
Ronnie Dee: Action Packed
1999 UK
LOST GOLD LGR2100 V/A: TEEN TOWN USA - RARE AMERICAN RECORDINGS  (CD)
My Big Desire
1999 US
ALMA FAME LTD. YEAAH! CD 7 V/A: TEEN TOWN USA  (CD)
My Big Desire
1999 UK
ROLLERCOASTER RCCD 3042-3 [UK]/DRAGON STREET RECORDS DCD-70100 [US] V/A: THE BIG 'D' JAMBOREE LIVE VOLUMES 1 - 2 (LEGENDS OF THE BIG 'D' JAMBOREE SERIES  (2-CD)
Ronnie Dee & the D Men: 30 Days / Johnny B. Goode
1999 UK/2000 US
PRESTO 3 V/A: BIG BAD ROCKABILLY BOPPERS, VOL.3  (2-CD)
Rockin' Bones
200?
FED 02 V/A: THE FED STORY, VOL.2  (CD)
Rockin' Bones
200? NOR
CENTHY 2003 V/A: TIP TOP TEENY, VOL.3  (CD)
My Big Desire
200? SWE
COLUMBIA/EPIC/LEGACY 499670 2 V/A: AIN'T I'M A DOG!  (CD)
Commonwealth Jones: Who's Been Here / Do Do Do
2000 US
ACE CDCHM 785 V/A: COLUMBIA ROCKABILLY, VOL.1  (CD)
Commonwealth Jones: Who's Been Here / Do Do Do
(reissue of Columbia/Epic 499670 2)
2001 UK
STCTU-003 V/A: SONGS THE CRAMPS TAUGHT US, VOL.3  (CD)
Rockin' Bones
2002 US?
ROLLERCOASTER RCCD 3049 V/A: THE GUYS & GALS OF THE BIG DEE JAMBOREE  (2-CD)
Billy Jack Hale (with Ronnie Dawson:gtr): I Take My Hat Off To The Blues
(recorded in the late 1950s at Sellers Studio, Dallas, TX)
2002 UK
SANCTUARY 06076-84632-2 V/A: ROCKABILLY RIOT!  (CD)
Rockin' Bones
2003 UK/US
VIRGIN-EMI 7243 5924651 2 V/A: UNITED ROCKERS  (2-LP/CD)
Rockinits
2004 FRA
PALO DURO 1101 ELEVEN HUNDRED SPRINGS: BANDWAGON  (CD)
Why You Been Gone So Long
(feat. additional vocals by Ronnie Dawson recorded in July 1993 during a performance by Dawson and Matt Hillyer during Lone Star Trio rehearsal in Dallas, TX)
2004 US
FARMER # V/A: TEEN LOVE, VOL.5  (CD)
My Big Desire
2004
FARMER # V/A: TEEN LOVE, VOL.6  (CD)
Decided By The Angels
2004
NORTON ED/CED 320 V/A: KICKSVILLE, VOL.4  (LP/CD)
Gene Vincent & Ronnie Dawson: Hey Mama (Say Mama)
2005 US
RHINO/WEA 73346 V/A: ROCKIN' BONES - 1950S PUNK & ROCKABILLY  (4-CD)
Ronnie Dawson: Rockin' Bones / Commonwealth Jones: Who's Been Here / Ronnie Dee: Action Packed
2006 US
B-SHARP 7/20 V/A: NASTY ROCKABILLY, VOL.16  (LP)
Commonwealth Jones: Jump And Run
2008 GER


                                                      

© Compiled by Pete Hoppula

Acknowledgments: Tapio Väisänen | Jarmo Hoppula | Pasi Koskela | Henk Gorter

Published sources: A.O.K. - Record Labels Of West Texas & New Mexico (John Ingman, 1997) | Blue Suede News #46 (1999) | Kicks #3 (1983) | Kicks #6 (1988) | Now Dig This #51 (6/1987) | Too Much Noise #27 (4/1989) | Too Much Noise #35 (4/1991) | Rock'n Roll Call 1/1990

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