Ron Davies was an accomplished musician and a prolific songwriter. During his lifetime (1946-2003) he wrote more than 500 cogent songs and published a book of beautiful poetry. One of his best known compositions – “It Ain’t Easy” – was released in 1970 on Ron’s debut A&M album, Silent Song Through The Land.” Since then, “It Ain’t Easy” has been recorded by numerous artists including Three Dog Night, Dave Edmunds, Long John Baldry and most notably by David Bowie on his 1972 album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust. . . .(remastered and reissued in a special 40th anniversary edition in 2012.) Rolling Stone Magazine
Watch Jack White and The Raconteurs perform “It Ain’t Easy” live on YouTube.
Another of Ron Davies’ signature songs was “Long Hard Climb.” It was the title of a platinum-selling Helen Reddy album and also appeared on Maria Muldaur’s Midnight At The Oasis. For a list of all of the artists who have recorded Ron’s songs, click on Discography.
Even though Ron Davies was the author of an impressive music catalog, he only recorded five albums of his own: Silent Song Through The Land, U.F.O., I Don’t Believe It, Gold and Silver and Where Does The Time Go (available on this website).
There have also been two tributes produced in his honor, The Mystery of Ron Davies, released in 2011 and Unsung Hero – A Tribute To The Music of Ron Davies, released in 2013. For more information see http://www.RonDaviesUnsungHero.com/
Ron Davies was born in Shreveport, Louisiana and raised in the Pacific Northwest. He started playing guitar and writing songs at the age of eleven. By the time he was seventeen, Ron had written an album’s worth of excellent material for a Seattle based band called The Wailers. One of the first singles released from this album, “It’s You Alone,” became a regional hit for the band and put Ron on the map as a songwriter.
At twenty, Ron signed with A&M Records and recorded his first album, Silent Song Through The Land, produced by Chad Stewart. Leon Russell’s performance on this record was an outstanding contribution and one of Ron’s songs, “It Ain’t Easy,” was picked up by Three Dog Night and became the title of their fourth album. “It Ain’t Easy” also came to the attention of a young British artist named David Bowie, who recorded Ron’s song on his 1972 RCA album The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars. John Kay (of Steppenwolf), Dave Edmunds, Maria Muldaur, Helen Reddy, Chris Smithers, Long John Baldry, Joe Cocker , Mitch Ryder and Merry Clayton are only a few of the artists who have recorded Ron Davies’ material during his L.A. days.
A&M Records decided to team Ron up with Grammy-award winning engineer Tommy Vicarri to co-produce his second album, U.F.O. It engaged the impressive talents of such world-class musicians as Billy Preston, Andy Newmark, Wilton Felder, David Spinoza, Clarence McDonald and the Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” girl, Claudia Lennear. In the magazine Rock Music, journalist John Bream declared Ron Davies, “the best new songwriter to emerge this year!” (Note: Ron’s A&M records, Silent Song Through The Land and U.F.O., are considered collector’s items and were re-released in 2005. These limited-edition Japanese pressings have been digitally remastered and feature the original tracks packaged in a paper sleeve, Universal, 2005. Both albums are available on various websites via the Internet.)
In the late eighties, Ron moved to Nashville, Tennessee, to write for Cedarwood Publishing. His songs have since been recorded by Anne Murray, Dobie Gray, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Jerry Jeff Walker, The Thompson Brothers Band,Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill and Gail Davies. Two of Ron’s songs also appeared on the Grammy nominated Joan Baez album, Play Me Backwards. Ron also starred as the lead character in the George Jones video, “Cold Hard Truth” in 1999.
Ron’s original compositions deal with subjects ranging from jaded, faded love to hope and new beginnings. From the perils of the street and the world today to the more introspective trials and triumphs of the individual. Sometimes soothing and sometimes startling, Ron’s songs are always relevant and/or humoresque. They roll and flow, like a night in the life. Lyrically and musically, Ron Davies is more than just enjoyable listening — he is a must for any connoisseur of poetry and music.