The Complete Original Chart Hits 1964-1969

The Complete Original Chart Hits 1964-1969

by Ronnie DoveRonnie Dove


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Ronnie Dove was a pop singer whose smooth tenor voice was a comfortable fit in several different contexts; in the late '50s and early '60s, he could sing teenage ballads when that qualified as rock & roll, as the '60s moved on he became a skilled pop crooner who seemed right at home on MOR radio as well as Top 40 outlets, and later he found a home on the country charts. In each instance, Dove didn't have to change his vocal style very much, simply shifting the sound of his arrangements to suit the genre, and if he wasn't as big a star as some of his contemporaries, he had a longer career than most, scoring his first Top 40 hit in 1964 ("Say You") and grazing the lower reaches of the country charts in 1987 ("Rise and Shine"). Dove scored most of his hits during his years recording for Diamond Records, and 21 songs he cut for the label that reached the singles chart in the mid- to late '60s are collected on The Complete Original Chart Hits 1964-1969. While this set stops before Dove made his move into country, you can certainly hear the progression in his approach over the course of this disc; he relied on romantic ballads throughout his career, but while he made a token effort to keep up with changing times as he embraced a slightly grittier style on "I Want to Love You for What You Are" and a cover of Harold Dorman's "Mountain of Love," the man who recorded "I Need You Now" in 1969 seems fundamentally little changed from the guy who cut "Say You" five years earlier, beyond a greater confidence and control of his instrument. Dove was a man who had a way with a love song that had a melancholy trick in the tale, and that gift never failed him, certainly not on the tracks collected here. The Complete Original Chart Hits 1964-1969 was compiled with care, with three songs making their CD debut in true stereo, and another two appearing on CD for the first time ever; add in liner notes from Joseph Lanza that chart the course of Dove's career with plenty of quotes from the singer, and you get an excellent summary of Dove's days as a pop hitmaker in the '60s.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/01/2014
Label: Real Gone Music
UPC: 0848064002666
catalogNumber: 400266
Rank: 46996

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ronnie Dove   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Ray Stevens   Arranger
Neil Diamond   Composer,Producer
Wanda Jackson   Composer
Andy Badale   Composer
Lee Hazlewood   Composer,Producer
Bill Justis   Arranger,Producer
Kenny Young   Composer
Billy Strange   Arranger
Ronnie Dove   Memorabilia,Licensing
Don Robertson   Composer
Ritchie Adams   Composer
Howard Barnes   Composer
Tommy Boyce   Composer
Hutch Davie   Arranger
Wes Farrell   Composer
Ernie Freeman   Arranger
Dick Glasser   Producer
Joel Hirschhorn   Composer
Kasha   Composer
Billy Sherrill   Composer
Glenn Sutton   Composer
Ray Vernon   Producer
Joseph Lanza   Essay
Reed   Composer
Norman Simon   Composer
Frank Stanton   Composer
Jimmie Crane   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Executive Producer
Charmaine Harma   Composer
John Sellards   Layout
Jacobs   Composer
Churchill Kohlman   Composer
Tom Diehl   Memorabilia
Jackie Ray   Composer
Larry Kusik   Composer
Bernice Ross   Composer
Artie Resnick   Composer
Harold Dorman   Composer
Charles Segal   Composer
Phil Kahl   Producer
Johnnie B. Hicks   Composer
Jay Fishman   Composer

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