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Ron Oates' name is a familiar one to anyone who has ever perused a CD insert or read the back of an album cover. The list of friends and artists with whom he's recorded reads like pages from a dreamscape... unreal.

A 43-year veteran of the Nashville music industry, Ron's contributions as a session pianist/keyboardist, arranger, producer, and writer/composer, are often referred to as "impeccable" by his peers. He has worked with such greats as Gladys Knight, Olivia Newton-John, Anita Pointer, Dolly Parton, The Oak Ridge Boys, Eddy Arnold, Lefty Frizzell, Lynn Anderson, Vern Gosdin, The Judds, Keith Whitley, Marty Robbins, Bobby Goldsboro, Dottie West, Billy Joe Royal, Linda Davis, Earl Thomas Conley, and the list goes on. His credits as a producer include such diverse artists as Engelbert Humperdinck, Vern Gosdin, Holland Marie Stroud, Cristy Lane, Doug Supernaw, Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs, Anna Owens, Dobie Gray and many others. When the new Country Music Hall Of Fame and Museum opened May 17, 2001 , Ron was honored to be the first recording pianist/arranger to be included in the museum's tribute to studio musicians. One of his famous keyboards as well as some of his hit rhythm arrangements were put on display there. Then, July 24, 2002 he was honored once again by recognition and placement in the Congressional Record by US Congressman Bob Clement of Tennessee , and US Congressman David Phelps of Illinois . In part, the honorarium states that Ron Oates is... " of the major creative forces behind an amazing list of hit records, and millions of record sales".

Ron was born in Washington DC, but he and his family moved to North Carolina when he was five-years-old. Following college and a five-year commitment with the Navy Band, Ron and his son, Dell, made the move to Nashville in late October, 1969. In early November, 1969, Ron played on his first hit record, with singer Bobby Goldsboro. From that point on, his music career has spanned from records, to jingles, to motion picture sound tracks.

His talents brought America's famous jingles to life, such as McDonalds, Burger King, RC Cola (Me and my RC), 7-UP, Kraft, Miller Beer, Chevrolet, Coors, United Airlines, and we cannot forget one of the most notable series of commercials of all time which contained the famous line, "Where's The Beef". His film credits include "Best Little Whorehouse in Texas", "Nine To Five", "Sesame Street - Follow That Bird", (which won a Grammy in 1985 for best children's album) and the themes from "The Exterminator" and "The Buddy System" (entitled "Here's That Rainy Day", performed by Gladys Knight).

Ron has one daughter, Melanie, who lives in Pennsylvania along with his three grandsons, Brant, Hayden and Lane.

Ron Oates is indeed one of the most talented and gifted all-around musicians of our time. He truly knows how to bring a song to life, and he has been a major part of the formula of success for many careers over the past 43 years. He is, indeed, one of "...the boys who make the noise on 16th Avenue".


Roy Acuff - Suzie Alanson
Deborah Allen - Rex Allen
Rex Allen, Jr. - Tommy Allsup
Bill Anderson - Liz Anderson
Lynn Anderson - Eddy Arnold

Adam Baker - Bobby Braddock
Jim Barden - Floyd Brown
Barbie Benton - Stephanie Boosahda
Karen Brooks - Bonnie Brooks
Sawyer Brown - Ed Bruce
T. Graham Brown - Kippi Brannon
Jim Ed Brown - Chet Biggers
John Brack - Glenn Barber
Razzy Bailey - Jack Barlow
Tom Bresh - Keith Bryant
Anita Bryant - Brian Blake
Bobby Bare

Earl Thomas Conley - The Cates
John Conlee - Sonny Curtis
Perry Como - Helen Cornelius
Lane Caudel - Carol Chase
Glenn Campbell - Tommy Cash
Crash Craddock - Bruce Chanell
Johnny Cash - David Alan Coe
Buzz Cason - Nick Colmenares
Brian Collins - Clifford Curry
Penny Laura Cardin - Hank Cochran
Stephanie Cox - Gene Cotton Buzz Cason - Melvin Couch The Cates

Joe Diffie - Dave and Sugar
Kenny Dale - Dean Dillon
Lenny Dee - Dave Dudley
Skeeter Davis - Jimmy Dean
John Davidson - Captain Jack Dant
Dotsie - The Downings
Linda Davis - Johnny Darell
Governor Jimmy Davis - Roy Drusky
Pete Drake - Dixiana
Bobby David - Little Jimmy Dempsey
Danny Davis - Dinsmore & Payne

E Skip Ewing - Connie Eaton
Stoney Edwards - Cindy Enderle
Buddy Emmons - Brett Eldredge
Leslie Ellis - Leslie Emery

Janie Frickie - Lefty Frizzell
David Frizzell - Jerry Fuller
Tennessee Ernie Ford - Freddy Fender
Donna Fargo - Jerry Foster
David Frazier - Kinky Friedman
Narvel Felts - Maury Finney
Elizabeth Fleming - Micki Fuhrman

Bill and Gloria Gaither - Ashley Gearing
Vern Gosdin - Curtis Green
Bobby Goldsboro - Mark Gray
Terri Gregory - Mickey Gilley
Lindy Gravelle - Don Gibson
Jack Green - Larry Gatlin
Dobie Gray - Lee Greenwood
Lloyd Green - Glaser Brothers
Karen Taylor Good - Mark Gaddis
The Good Brothers - The Gatlin Brothers
The Gosdin Brothers

Randy Howard - Con Hunley
Engelbert Humperdink - Ferlin Husky
Freddy Hart - Dale Hawkins
David Houston - Larry Henley
Jim Hurt - The Hemphills
Wendy Hope - Stan Hitchcock
Bobby Helms - Jan Howard
J.D. Hart - The Hinsons
Dallas Holm - Stuart Hamblin
Becky Hobbs - Rebecca Holden
Bryn Haworth - Alex Harvey
Lauren Harding - John Lance Huey
Lyndsey Highlander - Stacey Hume

The Imperials

Sonny James - Millie Jackson
Jim & Jesse - Stonewall Jackson
The Judds - Wayne Jackson
Michael Johnson - Diane Jordan
Dan Jacobs - Wanda Jackson
Little Richie Jarvis

Gladys Knight & The Pips - Doug Kershaw
Karen Kelly - Larry Keith
Pee Wee King - The Kendells
Robin Killen - Murray Kellum
The Kingsman - Claude King
Don King - Ray Kennedy

Lynda K. Lance - Josh Logan
Robin Lee - Red Lane
Johnny Lee - Charlie Louvin
The Lundstrom Singers - Peggy Little
Cristy Lane - Dickie Lee
Brenda Lee - Loretta Lynn
Lobo (Kent Lavoy) - David Loggins
Clair Lynch - Hugh X Lewis

Carl P. Mayfield (The Trailer Park Trash Band) - Barbara Mandrell
Gary Morris - Ann Murray
Bill Medley - Memphis
Tim Menzies - Charlie McClain
Sandy Miller - O.B. McClinton
Louise Mandrell - Ronnie McDowell
Melba Montgomery - Charlie McCoy
Meisburg and Walters - Price Mitchell
Matthews Taylor and Johnson - Jim Mundy
Byron Metcalf - Katy Moffatt
The Muppets - Darrell McCall
Bob Moore

Olivia Newton-John - The Nashville Brass
Willie Nelson - Mickey Newbury
Nick Nixon - Jimmie C. Newman
Julie Neuffer

The Oak Ridge Boys - Marie Osmond
Sammy O'Banion - Roy Orbison
Kenny Odell - Tommy Overstreet
Buck Owens - Anna Owens

Carl Perkins - Kenny Price
Ray Peterson - Ray Price
Stu Phillips - Webb Pierce
The Phelps Brothers - Sandi Patti
David Phelps - Gordon Payne
Pozo Seco Singers - Dolly Parton

Marty Robbins - Charlie Rich
Eddie Raven - Johnny Rodriguez
Billy Joe Royal - Johnny Rivers
Sedina Reed - Austin Roberts
Jerry Reed - Bill Rice
Reba Rambo - The Rambos
Jim Reeves - Sandy Rucker
Del Reeves - Pal Rakes
Johnny Russell - John Wesley Ryles
Kenny Rogers - Tommy Roe
Bobby Russell - Hargus Pig Robbins
Susan Ray - Ralph Raggenbas
Jenta Rose - Judy Rodman
Marty Raybon - Tommy Roe

Doug Supernaw - Joe Stampley
David Slater - Nat Stuckey
Red Steagall - Mel Street
Sunday Sharpe - Diane Sherrill
Red Sovine - Earl Scruggs
Connie Smith - Jeff Stevens
Keith Steagal - Ray Stevens
Joe Sun - Jean Sheppard
Billie Jo Spears - Mike Settle
Jack Scott - The Statesmen
Sammi Smith - The Speers
Jim Stafford - Del Shannon
Bobby Lee Springfield - Gary Stewart
Glen Sutton - Michael Scott
Sesame Street Cast - BW Stevenson
Maxine Sellers - Holland Marie Stroud
Troy Shondell

Aaron Tippin - B.J. Thomas
Joe Tex - Hilton Talbert
Demetriss Tapp - Pam Tillis
Mel Tillis - Buck Trent
The Fabulous Thunderbirds - Sonny Turner
Conway Twitty - Van Trevor
Chet Taylor - Lacosta Tucker
Les Taylor

Billy Vera - Leroy Van Dyke
Sharon Vaughn - Laura Vida

Porter Waggoner - Shelly West
Wham - Steve Wariner
Travis Womack - Hank Williams Jr.
Dottie West - Tammy Wynette
Gail Wilkes - Tony Joe White
David Wilkins - Jim Wilkes
Billy Walker - David Wills
Slim Whitman - Freddy Weller
Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs - Wyatt Webb
Keith Whitley - Amy Jayne Welch
Hershel Walker (Of The Dallas Cowboys) - Angela Wilson (Kaset)
Sandy Weimer - The Wilburn Brothers

Bob Yarborough - Faron Young
The Younger Brothers - Yancy

Various Artists -- NFL Country
Various Artists -- Excello Legends
Various Artists -- Nashville Christmas
Various Artists -- Christian Artists
Various Artists -- NASCAR Drivers