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name is a familiar one to anyone who has ever read the back of an
album cover, or a CD insert. His list of friends and artists with
whom he's recorded, sounds like a page from "Lifestyles of the
Rich and Famous".
A 38-year veteran of the music industry, his contributions
as a keyboard player, arranger, producer, and writer 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, The Judds,
Keith Whitley, Marty Robbins, Bobby Goldsboro, Dottie West, Linda
Davis, Sawyer Brown, and the list goes on. His credits as a
producer include such diverse artists as Engelbert Humperdink,
Vern Gosdin, Cristy Lane, Doug Supernaw, Maurice Williams and the
Zodiacs, Dobie Gray, and many others. When the new, $37M 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 permanent tribute to studio musicians. One of his famous
keyboards and some of his hit arrangements are on display there.
He is… "one of the major creative forces behind an amazing list of
hit records, and millions of record sales".
Ron was born in Washington D.C. Following college and a five
year stint with the Navy Band, Ron and his son made the move to
Nashville in late October, 1969. In November of 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, 7-UP, Kraft, Miller Beer,
Coors, United Airlines, and we cannot forget the most notable
commercials of all, the famous, "Where's The Beef". His film
credits include such hit titles as "Best Little Whorehouse in
Texas", "Nine To Five", "Sesame Street-Follow That Bird", (which
won a Grammy in 1985 for best children's album), "Smokey And The
Bandit", and the themes from "The Exterminator" and "The Buddy
System" (entitled "Here's That Rainy Day", performed by Gladys
Knight and the Pips).
You can hear Ron's music on our Creative Movement CDs
and on our Circus Recital CD
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 has been a major part of the formula of success for
many careers over the past 38 years. He is, indeed, one of "...the
boys who make the noise on 16th Avenue". Check out Ron's web site.