Ronnie Dove

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Ronnie Dove
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Ronnie Dove in 1966
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Born(1935-09-07) September 7, 1935 (age 78)
Herndon, Virginia
GenresPop, country music
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Ronnie Dove
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Ronnie Dove in 1966
Background information
Born(1935-09-07) September 7, 1935 (age 78)
Herndon, Virginia
GenresPop, country music

Ronnie Dove (born September 7, 1935) is an American pop and country musician.


Ronnie, the son of a police officer, was born in Herndon, Virginia. Ronnie began his singing career in the clubs of Baltimore. 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" as well as a cover of the Buddy Knox hit "Party Doll" before Ronnie went solo with Diamond Records. His first solo single, "Sweeter Than Sugar" appeared in 1964 to no fanfare. Later that year "Say You" was released and earned Ronnie 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 more. In 1966, he began hosting a local television show in Baltimore called "The Ronnie Dove Show". It lasted for 13 episodes. Today, only 2 episodes survive. When Diamond closed in 1970, he moved to the independent Wrayco Records and released a Bobby Hebb cover of "Sunny". He then signed a new deal with Decca Records in 1971 and pointed his career in a more country oriented direction. Then, he moved to the Motown country label Melodyland and had a top 40 country hit. Although he moved to some smaller, independent labels throughout the rest of the 1970s he still continued to record. He 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. Dove continues to perform in the Baltimore area (where he lives) and nationwide. There have been several compilations issued on CD. Collectables Records has even issued three 2-on-1 discs with his complete original Diamond albums plus a collection of rarities. Check out his website for news, concert listings and recordings including a recent Christmas album and a few albums of new material (including new recordings of previously recorded songs). Although not generally perceived as a Rhythm and Blues artist, his version of "Right Or Wrong" hit the top 5 of Cashbox's 1964 R&B listings (Billboard did not print national R&B lists in 1964). In 2013, Ronnie appeared on RFD-TV's "The Shotgun Red Variety Show". Ronnie plans on retiring in the near future. His last performance will be on his cruise in 2014.



"The Swinging Teen Sounds of Ronnie Dove" (Design Records, 1962)


"Lover Boy" (Dove 1021)

YearTitleChart positions[2]
U.S. Hot 100U.S. ACU.S. Country
1961"Party Doll" / "Yes Darling, I'll Be Around" (Decca 31288)---
1962"No Greater Love" (Jalo 1406)---
1964"Sweeter Than Sugar" (Diamond 163)---
1964"Say You" (Diamond 167)40--
1964"Right or Wrong" (Diamond 173)14--
1965"Hello Pretty Girl" (Diamond 176)54--
1965"One Kiss for Old Times' Sake" (Diamond 179)14--
1965"A Little Bit of Heaven" (Diamond 184)164-
1965"I'll Make All Your Dreams Come True" (Diamond 188)212-
1965"Kiss Away" (Diamond 191)255-
1965"When Liking Turns to Loving" (Diamond 195)186-
1966"Let's Start All Over Again" (Diamond 198)2034-
1966"Happy Summer Days" (Diamond 205)277-
1966"I Really Don't Want to Know" (Diamond 208)2212-
1966"Cry" (Diamond 214)1816-
1967"One More Mountain to Climb" (Diamond 217)45--
1967"My Babe" (Diamond 221)50--
1967"I Want to Love You for What You Are" (Diamond 227)54--
1967"Dancing Out of My Heart" (Diamond 235)87--
1968"In Some Time" (Diamond 240)9937-
1968"Mountain of Love" (Diamond 244)67--
1968"Tomboy" (Diamond 249)9627-
1969"What's Wrong with My World" (Diamond 256)---
1969"I Need You Now" (Diamond 260)93--
1970"Chains of Love" (Diamond 271)---
1971"Just the Other Side of Nowhere" (Decca 32853)---
1972"Kiss the Hurt Away" (Decca 32919)--61
1972"It's No Sin" (Decca 32997)---
1972"Lilacs in Winter" (Decca 33038)---
1973"So Long Dixie" (MCA 40106)---
1975"Please Come to Nashville" (Melodyland 6004)--75
1975"Things" (Melodyland 6011)--25
1975"Drina (Take Your Love Off for Me)" (Melodyland 6021)---
1976"Right or Wrong" (Melodyland 6030)---
1976"Tragedy" (Hitsville 6038)---
1976"The Morning After the Night Before" (Hitsville 6045)---
1978"The Angel In Your Eyes" (M.C. 5013)---
1987"Heart" (Diamond 378)---
1987"Rise and Shine" (Diamond 379)--73


  1. ^ Billboard, Allmusic. Passim
  2. ^ Billboard Singles.