I’m a huge fan of Ronnie McDowell. I was fortunate to see him on stage a few years ago, at Niswonger Performing Arts Center in Greeneville, Tenn. We’ve had a lot of press releases posted about Ronnie over the eight years we’ve been writing Country’s Chatter. Today, we got another press release, and I wanted to share it with all of you.
[Press Release] When Sunday, August 16, arrives this year, Elvis Presley fans around the world will pause to mark the 38 years that have passed since the King died. As you know, singer-songwriter Ronnie McDowell is one of the biggest Elvis fans of all time. He can trace much of his success to his 1977 blockbuster, “The King is Gone,” which catapulted Ronnie into the spotlight.
Early in his career, Ronnie was already a successful songwriter scoring hits for Porter Waggoner, Webb Pierce, Faron Young, Eddy Arnold, Tanya Tucker, Chet Atkins, George Jones and many others. He often describes that afternoon as when he wrote his own life story. With the huge reaction and requests made to radio stations from Elvis fans, Ronnie received a phone call from Dick Clark and the next day performed on American Bandstand. Since that day, multi-million copies of “The King is Gone” have been sold.
Ronnie’s Elvis connection doesn’t stop there. When Dick Clark produced a television movie featuring a young Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley, Clark turned to Ronnie to record 36 songs for the movie’s extensive soundtrack. He would reprise his turn as the voice of the King when Elvis’s wife, Priscilla, tapped him to sing for the television movie “Elvis and Me.” Over the years, Ronnie’s vocals would be showcased on the ABC-TV series about the early years of Elvis’ career titled simply “Elvis,” as well as the 1997 Showtime special “Elvis Meets Nixon.” Today, Ronnie often features Elvis Presley’s original sidemen Scotty Moore and D.J. Fontana, along with Millie Kirkham and The Jordanaires when he stages tributes to Elvis Presley’s music.
To date, one of Ronnie McDowell’s most popular and best-selling prints is his painting titled “Reflection of a King.” The life-like image is of Elvis as a young boy looking into a mirror and envisioning Elvis the super-star. The print is available at ronniemcdowell.com or on Amazon.
Given his long and storied history with Elvis Presley’s music, Ronnie is available for interviews coinciding with the anniversary of his passing. Ronnie’s insights provide a unique look at the King, his life and his music.
That’s the end of the press release. But, I couldn’t let it be the end of this post. I love Ronnie’s song “The King is Gone”. II f you’ve never heard it, and you’re an Elvis fan, or a Ronnie McDowell fan, or a fan of both of them – I think you’re going to love it as much as we do. The video is a little fuzzy – it’s an old one, from 1977 – but the audio is great. Hope you enjoy this!
In addition to Ronnie’s web site, take a minute to check out his Facebook page. And, remember to click that “Like” button while you are there! Listen to some of Ronnie’s music at Reverbnation.You can follow him on Twitter @ronniemcdowell1. If you aren’t already following Country’s Chatter on twitter, we’d love to have you! You will find us @countryschatter.
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