Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
What a nice surprise
Ronald Van Scherpenzeel | Madrid, Spain | 04/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although I consider myself a 50&60's specialist I must admit
that I wasn?t familiar with Ronnie Dove. At least here in Europe
he's a rather unknown singer. When I saw his name + the 20 hits
he had in the top 100 Billboard official charts I got curious
and purchased this greatest hits CD.
What a surprise... Beautiful melodic songs and last but not
least more surprises at the end which make this CD a five star
one. The 4 songs at the end are beautiful and pure C&W songs
from 1988. I even went through Ronnie Dove's home web but
there's no mention about these songs and the LP they belonged
to "From The Heart". Besides a 50's and 60's fan and collector,
-I grew up with this music -I love C&W music and could never expect both genres on the same CD. How lucky one can get!
I recommend this to anyone.
Great Disc & Great Performer
William S. Goss | beautiful Downtown Virginia | 03/31/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I got my copy of Ronnie's disc from the artist, himself. I have always been a Ronnie Dove fan, especially since I worked as a radio announcer (DJ) for 17 years, and I found out that many of my listners loved his music. I even used his song " When Liking Turns To Loving" as my wife and my first dance when we got married. It also doesn't hurt, seeing as Ronnie Dove is my Mother-In Law's baby brother!!!!! Great Disc and well worth getting and remembering what use to be, 'cause it still can be."
Almost - But Not Quite - A Complete Collection Of His Hits
William S. Goss | 08/17/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Stardust of Canada, the folks who bring you the two fantastic series Treasured Tunes and Vintage Instrumentals, have another gem to their credit.
Ronnie Dove of Herndon, Virginia, who grew up in Baltimore, had 20 Billboard Pop Hot 100 hits for the Diamond label, half of which also made the Adult Contemporary (AC) charts, from Say You [# 40 Hot 100 in 1964] to I Need You Now [# 93 Hot 100 in 1969] and, with four minor exceptions, they are all here. One of those exceptions is the afore-mentioned I Need You Now, while the other three omissions are Dancin' Out Of My Heart [# 87 Hot 100 in early 1968], In Some Time [# 37 AC/# 99 Hot 100 in March 1968], and Tomboy [# 27 AC/# 96 Hot 100 in October 1968].
Since these were his four lowest Hot 100 charters, Stardust might have been forgiven for leaving them out. Except, tracks 17 to 19 were neither hits nor B-sides, instead culled from his LP "From The Heart". In that respect I had to deduct one star, since finding those three missing Hot 100 hits will be a real chore for completist collectors everywhere.
Eleven of his hits were Top 40 and these are, in addition to Say You, the following: Right Or Wrong [# 14 Hot 100 in November 1964]; One Kiss For Old Times' Sake [# 14 Hot 100 in May 1965]; A Little Bit Of Heaven [# 4 AC/# 16 Hot 100 in July 1965]; I'll Make All Your Dreams Come True [# 2 AC/# 21 Hot 100 in September 1965]; Kiss Away [# 5 AC/# 25 Hot 100 in December 1965]; When Liking Turns To Loving [# 6 AC/# 18 Hot 100 in February 1966]; Let's Start All Over Again [# 20 Hot 100/# 34 AC in May 1966]; Happy Summer Days [# 7 AC/# 27 Hot 100 in July 1966]; I Really Don't Want To Know [# 12 AC/# 22 Hot 100 in October 1966]; and Cry [the old Johnny Ray tune that went to # 16 AC/# 18 Hot 100 in December 1966].
His lesser hits included here are: Hello Pretty Girl (# 54 Hot 100 in January 1965; One More Mountain To Climb (# 45 Hot 100 in March 1967); My Babe (# 50 Hot 100 in May 1967); I Want To Love You For What You Are (# 54 Hot 100 in August 1967); Mountain Of Love (# 67 Hot 100 in June 1968); and Rise And Shine, one of six Country hits he posted from 1972 to 1987 (2 each for the Decca, Melodyland, and Diamond labels), and which levelled off at a low # 73 Country in November 1987 for Diamond.
His other Country-only hits were: Kiss The Hurt Away (# 61 in February 1972) and Lilacs In Winter (# 69 in February 1973) - both on Decca; Please Come To Nashville (# 75 in April 1975) and Things (# 25 in June 1975) - both on Melodyland); Heart (# 77 in April 1987) on Diamond. These remain extremely hard to find.
What's here, however, are all original renditions, the sound quality is excellent, and with the insert there are two pages of liner notes [author not credited], but no discography. A solid consolidation for one of the 1960s forgotten stars."