Ronnie Barron

Ronald Raymond Barrosse

Also known as Barrosse, R. Barron, R. Barroso, R. Barrosse, Right Reverend Ether, Ron Barron, Ronny Barron

Discography of Ronnie Barron:

# Release title Total tracks Type of release is Imprint date Label
1 Its All In The Past 2 Audio 1963 Soundex
2 Mamma's Kind Of Song 2 Audio Decca
3 Reverend Ether 10 Audio 1971 Decca
4 Bon Ton Roulette 10 Audio 1983 Ace
5 Blue Delicacies 10 Audio 1979 Sunshine Records (21)
6 Singing In My Soul 10 Audio 1996 AIM Records & Tapes Pty. Ltd.

Born 9th October, 1943 in Algiers, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

Died 20th March 1997.

Barron was quite a character and 'front man' among the bars & clubs of New Orleans, singing with rotating make-up bands of musicians such as [a=Leonard James], [a=Earl Stanley] and [a=Mac Rebennack].

Indeed, Barron was once the catalyst in a 'juke-joint' argument with its manager, resulting in Rebennack almost losing a finger from a gunshot - causing him to move from the guitar to keyboard work. The line "Lie, steal, drink all day... good folks try to keep away..." pretty much summed up the collective 'delinquent' nature of the group, and the club culture that was going down in New Orleans at the time, in their [a=Ronnie & Delinquents] recording of "Bad Neighborhood".

Early work by Barron was issued under several such pseudonyms, one being "Morgus The Magnificent" - a title taken from a 'crazed scientist' character on a popular sci-fi show that originated on a Louisiana TV station- with the band referred to as "Morgus And The Ghouls". One of Barron's music acquaintances was guitarist Tommy George, nicknamed "Chopsley" after the sidekick in the Morgus show. "Drits & Dravy" was another disguise for Rebennack & Barron on the AFO label.

Rebennack had originally hired Barron on the strength of his act as the "Reverend Ether", a 'spiritual voodoo persona' that Barron had created to entertain a jaded Bourbon Street audience, performing songs like his self-penned "Black Widow Spider".

In 1965 Barron left behind the mystical Reverend Ether (his 'majick stick' being taken up by [a=Dr. John]) and moved to California to work as a session musician with [a=Sonny & Cher], signing with [a=Don Costa] to RCA. In LA he also performed with the Prime Ministers, signing with [a=Ahmet Ertegun] to Atlantic and backing [a=Bobby Darin] in 1966. He broke from sessioning to become a group member of [a=Paul Butterfield]'s newly-formed band Better Days in 1971 and he appeared on their releases in the following two years.

Between 1971 & 1988 Barron worked on recordings with a number of renowned artists, including [a=Tony Joe White], [a=Redbone], [a=Gene Clark], [a=Ry Cooder], [a=Dr. John], [a=John Mayall], [a=B.B. King], [a=Kim Carnes], [a=John Lee Hooker], [a=Canned Heat], [a=Tom Waits] and [a=Eric Burdon]. In 1988 he appeared as a bartender in the Steven Seagal film "Above The Law". Much of his work can be found on compilations.

He suffered from complications to his heart in 1997, which led to his death.

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