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Ronnie Dove in 1966
|Birth name||Ronald Eugene Dove|
|Born||September 7, 1935|
Herndon, Virginia, United States
|Occupation(s)||Singer, songwriter, producer, television host|
|Years active||1959–1989, 1991–present|
|Labels||Diamond Records, Decca Records, Certron Records, MCA Records, Hobby Records, Melodyland Records, Wrayco Records|
|Associated acts||Johnny Thunder, Ronnie McDowell|
Ronnie Dove, the only son of Fairfax County, Virginia police sergeant Paul S. Dove and his first wife, Catherine Pearl nee Smith Dove Rusk, was born in Herndon, Virginia, his older sister is Marjorie L. Forrester. During his stint in the Coast Guard, Dove began his singing career in the clubs of Baltimore, where he was stationed. He formed a group, The Belltones, and they played Baltimore and the East Coast for four years. In 1959, they recorded their debut single "Lover Boy" on their own label. In 1961, they released a cover of the Buddy Knox hit "Party Doll" on Decca Records, but it failed to chart. They issued one more single on Jalo Records before the group broke up and Dove went solo.
He went solo and signed with Diamond Records in 1964. His first solo single, "Sweeter Than Sugar" appeared in April 1964 to no national fanfare, though it did appear in some local surveys. Later that year, Diamond released "Say You" and earned Dove his first chart record. The next single, a cover of Wanda Jackson's "Right Or Wrong," put him into the Top 20. In 1965, he had 5 chart singles and after just three albums Diamond Records released a "best of" collection. His name was featured many times in both Billboard and Cashbox awards in 1965.
More hits came in 1966 and 1967 including "My Babe", “Cry”, "Happy Summer Days" and several others. After releasing his cover of Johnnie Ray’s song “Cry”, Ronnie appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show to sing the song. He continued to record for Diamond until it was sold in 1970 to Aubrey Mayhew's Certron Records. There, he recorded a live album and several singles that went unreleased. However, Certron did issue a “Greatest Hits” compilation of his Diamond songs, as well as one unreleased song. The label had money issues from the start and went bankrupt in 1971. Shortly thereafter, he went to the independent Wrayco Records and released a Bobby Hebb cover of the song "Sunny”. The single received no promotion from the label and subsequently failed to chart.
After his stints with Certron and Wrayco, he signed a new deal with Decca Records in 1971 and pointed his career in a more country oriented direction, scoring two minor country chart hits and an album. Later, he moved to the Motown country label Melodyland and had a top 40 country hit with a cover of Bobby Darin’s "Things", which would become his highest charting country hit. During this period, he recorded two albums of country music, but neither ended up being released. Although he moved to some smaller, independent labels throughout the rest of the 1970’s and 1980’s, he still continued to record. Dove opened his own club in Baltimore, and his fans were able to see him perform through the 1980s. He briefly revived the Diamond record label in 1987 to release a couple of singles and an album. These two singles managed to reach the lower rungs of Billboard's Country charts.
Dove quit show business in 1989 to care for his ailing mother. She died in 1991, and Dove resumed performing. Dove continues to perform, mostly on the East Coast, and nationwide. There have been several compilations issued on CD, including The Complete Original Chart Hits: 1964-69, available from Real Gone Music.
Ronnie Dove has appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show, American Bandstand, Where the Action Is, The Mike Douglas Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Lloyd Thaxton Show, The Bob Braun Show, That Nashville Music, Nashville Now, and several other local and national television shows. More recently, he appeared on RFD-TV’s “Shotgun Red Variety Show” in 2013.
In addition, he also hosted his own television show. “The Ronnie Dove Show” aired on several stations throughout the East coast in 1966. Only two episodes of the show survive (one featuring The Drifters, the other featuring Bobbi Martin) and Ronnie sells DVDs of the shows on his website as well as at some personal appearances.
- Right or Wrong (Diamond Records No. 5002, 1964)
- One Kiss for Old Times' Sake (Diamond Records No. 5003, 1965) U.S. No. 119
- I'll Make All Your Dreams Come True (Diamond Records No. 5004, 1965)
- Ronnie Dove Sings the Hits for You (Diamond Records No. 5006, 1966) U.S. No. 122
- Cry (Diamond Records No. 5007, 1967) U.S. No. 121
- Ronnie Dove (MCA Records No. 309 Stereo, 1973)
- New Old-Fashioned LoveA (M.C. Records, 1977)
- Livin’ In The CountryA (M.C. Records, 1977)
- The Bird is Back (D.R.D. Records MS-4114, 1985)
- From the Heart (Diamond Records No. D-380-LP, 1988)
- Now & Then (Self release, 1998)
- My Favorite Christmas Songs (Self release, 2004)
A These two albums were released as radio station promos only, no stock copies were ever available.
- The Swinging Teen Sounds of Ronnie Dove (Design Records, 1965)
- The Best Of Ronnie Dove (Diamond Records No. 5005, 1966) U.S. No. 35
- The Best of Ronnie Dove Volume 2 (Diamond Records No. 5008, 1967)
- Greatest All-Time Hits (Certron Corporation #CS-7011, Stereo, 1970)
- Ronnie Dove Sings His Greatest Hits (Power Pak Records #PO-286, 1975)
- Greatest Hits (Diamond Records, 1988, cassette only)
- The Complete Original Chart Hits: 1964-1969 (Real Gone Music, 2014)
|Year||Titles (A-side, B-side)
Both sides from same album except where indicated
|Label & Number||Chart positions||Album|
|U.S. Hot 100||U.S. AC||U.S. Country|
b/w "I'll Be Around"
|Dove 1021||-||-||-||Non-album tracks|
b/w "Yes Darling, I'll Be Around"
|1962||"Saddest Song (Of The Year)"
b/w "No Greater Love"
|1964||"Sweeter Than Sugar"
b/w "I Believed In You"
|Diamond 163||-||-||-||Right Or Wrong|
b/w "Let Me Stay Today" (Non-album track)
|1964||"Right Or Wrong"A
b/w "Baby, Put Your Arms Around Me"
|1965||"Hello Pretty Girl"
b/w "Keep It A Secret"
|1965||"One Kiss For Old Times' Sake"
b/w "No Greater Love" (first pressings)
"Bluebird" (later pressings)
(Both B-sides from Right Or Wrong)
|Diamond 179||14||-||-||One Kiss For Old Times' Sake|
|1965||"A Little Bit Of Heaven"
b/w "If I Live To Be A Hundred"
|1965||"I'll Make All Your Dreams Come True"
b/w "I Had To Lose You (To Find That I Need You)" (from One Kiss For Old Times' Sake)
|Diamond 188||21||2||-||I'll Make All Your Dreams Come True|
b/w "Where In The World" (from One Kiss For Old Times' Sake)
|1965||"When Liking Turns To Loving"
b/w "I'm Learning How To Smile Again" (from I'll Make All Your Dreams Come True)
|Diamond 195||18||6||-||The Best Of Ronnie Dove|
|1966||"Let's Start All Over Again"
b/w "That Empty Feeling"
|Diamond 198||20||34||-||Ronnie Dove Sings The Hits For You|
|1966||"Happy Summer Days"
b/w "Long After"
|1966||"I Really Don't Want To Know"
b/w "Years Of Tears" (from Cry)
b/w "Autumn Rhapsody"
|1967||"One More Mountain To Climb"
b/w "All" (from One Kiss For Old Times' Sake)
b/w "Put My Mind At Ease" (from I'll Make All Your Dreams Come True)
|Diamond 221||50||-||-||The Best Of Ronnie Dove, Volume 2|
|1967||"I Want To Love You For What You Are"
b/w "I Thank You For Your Love" (Non-album track)
|1967||"Dancin' Out Of My Heart"
b/w "Back From Baltimore" (from The Best Of Ronnie Dove, Volume 2)
|Diamond 235||87||-||-||Non-album tracks|
|1968||"In Some Time"
b/w "Livin' For Your Lovin'"
|1968||"Mountain Of Love"
b/w "Never Gonna Cry (The Way I'll Cry Tonight)" (Non-album track)
|Diamond 244||67||-||-||Ronnie Dove Sings The Hits For You|
b/w "Tell Me Tomorrow"
|Diamond 249||96||27||-||Non-album tracks|
|1969||"What's Wrong With My World"
b/w "That Empty Feeling" (from Ronnie Dove Sings The Hits For You)
|1969||"I Need You Now"
b/w "Bluebird" (from Right Or Wrong)
|1970||"Chains Of Love"
b/w "If I Live To Be A Hundred" (from One Kiss For Old Times' Sake)
|1971||"Talking To My Children's Mama"
|1971||"If I Cried Everytime You Hurt"
b/w "Just The Other Side Of Nowhere"
|Decca 32853||-||-||-||Ronnie Dove|
|1972||"Kiss The Hurt Away"
b/w "He Cries Like A Baby"
|1972||"My World Of Memories"
b/w "It's No Sin" (Non-album track)
|1972||"Lilacs In Winter"
b/w "Is It Wrong (For Loving You)"
|1973||"So Long Dixie"
b/w "Take Me Back"
|MCA 40106||-||-||-||Non-album tracks|
|1975||"Please Come To Nashville"
b/w "Pictures On Paper"
b/w "Here We Go Again"
|1975||"Drina (Take Your Love Off For Me)"
b/w "Your Sweet Love"
|1976||"Right Or Wrong"
b/w "Songs We Sang As Children"
b/w "The Morning After The Night Before"
|1978||"The Angel In Your Eyes"
b/w "Songs We Sang As Children"
|M.C. 5013||-||-||-||New Old-Fashioned Love|
|1983||"She Feels So Right (I Feel So Wrong)"
b/w "Loving On Back Streets"
|Moon Shine 3018||-||-||-||The Bird is Back|
b/w "Loving On Back Streets"
b/w "Lucille Stubs"
|1984||"A Short Walk From Heaven"
b/w "Livin' For Your Lovin'"
|1985||"I Don't Hurt Anymore"
b/w "She Feels So Right"
|1985||"I'll Never Fall In Love Again"
b/w "Just Call My Name"
|Gallery II 2002||-||-||-||Non-album tracks|
|1986||"Just Call My Name"
b/w "She Feels So Right" (from The Bird Is Back)
b/w "Old Time Rock 'N Roll"
|Diamond 378||-||-||77||From The Heart|
|1987||"Rise and Shine"
b/w "World Of Memories"
- "Time Capsule" (features his American Bandstand and Nashville Now performances among others.)
- "The Ronnie Dove Show" (features the only two surviving episodes of his television show from 1966.)
These two DVDs can be purchased from Ronnie's website (www.ronniedovemusic.com) 
- Billboard, Allmusic. Passim
- Billboard Singles. Allmusic.com.