Do you remember Ronnie Ronalde

Do you remember RONNIE RONALDE – one of the greatest names of the variety years?

During Easter weekend, Paul Hazell presented a two-part tribute to this star of theatre, TV, Radio and records.

Ronnie Ronalde grew up in Islington, London and became a boyhood star as a member of Steffani’s Silver Songsters – that was back in the 1930s. After the Songsters disbanded Ronnie went on to become a huge star of the variety circuits as a solo act, gaining fame worldwide as “The Voice Of Variety” – singer, yodeller and probably the greatest whistler the World has ever known.

Ronnie had hit records, TV and radio series, worldwide tours and his whistled recording of “In A Monastery Garden” became one of the most requested songs on radio through the 1950s. Other popular recordings included “If I Were A Blackbird”, “Let Me Sing In Echo Valley” and “Sanctuary Of The Heart”. A proud member of the Grand Order Of Water Rats and renowned for generating standing ovations wherever he appeared, he continued to perform until just after his 90th birthday!

Ronnie passed away in January 2015 and now Uckfield FM’s Paul Hazell has put together a special show, “Remembering Ronnie Ronalde” in which he presents the story of Ronnie’s incredible career, illustrating it with segments of interviews with Ronnie, contributions from artistes and friends who knew him and of course a whole lot of his wonderful music.

If you missed the programme, or would like to listen again, here’s your chance!

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  • manukastudios

    Wonderful interview – brought back many memories of working with Ronnie in New Zealand, both onstage and in the studio. A truly unique Artist with an exceptional ability to remember note-sequences (he couldn’t read music, so he memorised everything) – to this day I still don’t know how he did it! Thanks to all involved in this project. Mike McCarthy.

    • Paul Hazell

      I agree Mike. I grew up listening to my parents’ records of Ronnie Ronalde – he was an exceptional singer, yodeller and whistler. It was an honour to put this two-part show together. Part One has been broadcast before but will go out again on Easter Saturday evening. Part Two is all new and goes out for the first time Easter Sunday evening. I hope all those who remember this wonderful talent will discover it is on and listen in!

  • SIMON SHERRARD

    I lived in Beccles when Ronnie did. My father was his doctor and we attended most of Ronnie’s shows in Gt. Yarmouth etc. I heard you say that you would like to have him teach you to whistle when you lived in Beccles. Well as a young teenager I had that great privelage and used to sit in his sound-proof rehearsal room and hear several of his songs before they were actually performed in public. He got me whistling quite well doing bird calls etc. But alas, now at 77 all that has been assigned to memory and your show tonight has brought it all back. I have most of his records [he gave them to me] and must dust them off now and relive those happy days. Very best regards to Rosemarie and if we feel the loss even now, she must find this show soooo warming.
    Thanks for letting me know it was on. Simon Sherrard.

  • Paul Hazell

    thank you Simon. You masy not be aware that most of Ronnie’s recordings have been digitally remastered to superb sound and made available on CD by EMI Records. You can find them at this link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dpopular&field-keywords=ronnie+ronalde Thank you for taking time to leave your comments. Paul Hazell

  • Glen Barnham

    Terrific programmes on Ronnie well done Paul.Just heard from two friends who live in Spain and they have done the catch up and enjoyed.
    Ronnie’s book is a good read and a history of what variety was about. Copies can be got from Ronnie Ronalde Website along with CD’s no longer available.Worth a look as info about the late Ronnie. What is star quality – it is Ronnie Ronalde.

  • Paul Hazell

    thanks Glen. I am delighted that the shows were so well received. I agree with your comments re Ronnie’s website too!