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Rockin' Ron Berry
By: John Newbraugh
Photos: Kiersten Moore


After 60 years as a performer and songwriter, Ron Berry is still "Rockin'". This Midwesterner started singing in church in the 1950's. Soon Ron would come under the influence of stars such as Elvis and Jerry Lee Lewis. At this point Ron started to write and perform his own rockabilly styled songs. One of his first radio appearances was on a live show hosted by Tom T. Hall on WMOR in Moorhead, Kentucky. His first tracks were recorded at radio station WMST in Sterling, KY in 1957 by D.J. "Daddy-O" Don Williams. Four of these tracks were finally released by NBT Records (NBT #896).

Ron Met Ken Hutchinson of Dayton, Ohio who owned the "Ken-H" record label. Two sides were released on a Ken-H 45-rpm record circa 1961. Ron's next releases came about as a result of playing some some shows with Lou Turner. Her father, Tom Turner, was with Pixie Records (Dayton, Ohio) and Pixie would be the next label to release two of Berry's songs. Ron also wrote songs for Donnie Bower and Carol Whited for the Pixie label. One other Ohio label that would wax Berry's material was the "Wildwood" label from Brookville, Ohio.

Although there were many years between any releases of Ron's recordings, he kept performing throughout his local region. Finally in 2004, NBT Records of Berkeley Springs, WV released a CD of Ron's songs from 1957-2003. After that release, Ron traveled to West Virginia and did a recording session at Dave Moore's New Hope Recording studio in Berkeley Springs. This session yielded several CD cuts and a 45-rpm record. The New Hope studio is analog and recaptures the vintage sound. After this session Ron stated that his session brought out the "true sound" of his music. Dave Moore also owns the "Wild Hare" record label which is dedicated to preserving "roots" sound.

To this artist, who was born Oct. 12, 1939 in Mariba, KY, we sincerely hope that his discography will continue to expand.






Discography

* 1961 - #1289 - Ken-H Records
"I'll Give You All Of My Love" and Remember Me"

* 1962 - #4864 - Pixie Records
"I'm Crazy About That Woman" and "Since You Said Good-Bye"

* 1965 - #30305 - Wildwood Records
"Dear Mom" and "Speaking of New Loves"

2004 - NBT Records #896
"I Want You"
(Recordings from 1957-2003) - 20 tracks and 2 Bonus Tracks

2005 - NBT Records - #929
"Ride The Train Vol. #10"
(Various Artists) - 1 Track

2006 - Wild Hare Records #WH06001
"Ain't Rocket Science 101 - Vol. #1
(Various Artists) - 5 Tracks

2007 - NBT Records - NBT #952
"Ride The Train Vol. #21"
(Various Artists) - 1 Track

2007 - NBT Records - NBT #953
"Ride The Train Vol. #22"
(Various Artists) - 1 Track

2007 - Wild Hare Records
"From The Cutting Room Floor"
(Various Artists) - 2 Tracks

** 2007 - NBT Records - NBT #119
"I Want You"

** 2007 - Wild Hare Records - WH #00701
"Blue So Blue"

* = 45 rpm records
** = 45 rpm record with different labels on each side of the record
ALL others are CDs







More Ron Berry Songs on Comps

BUFFALO BOP Bb-LP 2077 - THE NOP THAT NEVER STOPPED
BUFFALO BOP Bb-LP 55017 - YOUND AND WILD
BUFFALO BOP Bb-LP 55018 - HIGH SCHOOL CAESAR
CLUB WWR WWRLP 001 - WILD WILD ROCKIN'
COLLECTOR CLCD 4489 - ROCK AND ROLL WITH PIANO VOL. 9
EAGLE 90201 _ THE CHICKEN ARE ROCKIN' VOL. 2
LUCKY CDLR 809 _ ROCKABILLY GOLD VOL. 9
PETER VAN WILSEM 4 - COLLECTION #4
WHITE LABEL LP 8842 - ROCK-A-BILLY BOPPIN
WHITE LABEL LP 8924 - ROCK MOON ROCK






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