Still keepin’ the fires burning — The wit and wisdom of singing sensation Ronnie McDowell

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Eighties country balladeer and Elvis soundalike Ronnie McDowell, best known for “The King Is Gone,” “Older Women,” and “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation,” leaves no stone unturned in a comprehensive interview examining Rick Nelson, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Buddy Killen, drummer D.J. Fontana, and eons more. The handsome hunk confidently poses in the accompanying still for the “Lost In Dirty Dancing” album, ultimately released on August 25, 2009, via Curb Records. Photography by Jay Farrell
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A smoldering photo of a 31-year-old Ronnie McDowell featured as the cover sleeve of “Love to Burn,” the ninth album released by the songwriter on May 14, 1982, via Epic Records. The LP stalled just shy of Billboard’s C&W Top 20 at No. 22. Image Credit: Sony Music Entertainment

The Ronnie McDowell Interview

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“Older Women” recording artist Ronnie McDowell properly demonstrates how to charm an audience circa 1980. Image Credit: Ronnie McDowell’s official Facebook
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The album cover sleeve of “The King Is Gone,” the debut LP by country singer Ronnie McDowell. Unleashed on the fledgling independent label Scorpion Records, the project climbed to No. 18 C&W on October 22, 1977, shortly after the passing of Elvis Presley. Album Design by Terry Bailey / Curb Records / MusicStack
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All around entertainer Ronnie McDowell, best known for his Elvis tribute song entitled “The King Is Gone,” is photographed backstage circa 1982 with a fashionable beard, open white shirt, scarf, and sunglasses. Image Credit: Ronnie McDowell’s official Facebook
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Knight in faded blue jeans: Talented raconteur Ronnie McDowell has the crowd in the palm of his hand during a November 10, 2012, concert at the Alapaha Station Celebration in Alapaha, Georgia. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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Country artist Ronnie McDowell basks in the crowd’s adulation during a November 10, 2012, concert at the Alapaha Station Celebration in Alapaha, Georgia. Also pictured are drummer-road manager Ronnie McDowell, Jr., and bassist Eddie Weidow. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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On August 25, 1960, a few weeks after wrapping the recording sessions for the “Flaming Star” film soundtrack and scant months after an honorable discharge from the Army, Elvis Presley poses for an official publicity portrait in Los Angeles. Photography by Don Craven / Elvis Photo Shoot Sessions
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Ronnie McDowell, iconic country balladeer George Jones, and singer-songwriter Serabee — aka Sera Buras — possibly taken on November 7, 2011, in Nashville, Tennessee. McDowell served as the Possum’s opening act on numerous occasions. Image Credit: Ronnie McDowell’s official Facebook
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The supremely cool Ronnie McDowell busks on a Gibson acoustic guitar during a photo session for the “Lost In Dirty Dancing” album, ultimately dropped on August 25, 2009, via Curb Records. Photography by Jay Farrell
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Come on baby, let’s do the twist! Country artist Ronnie McDowell trips the light fantastic with pretty former Berrien Elementary School teacher Norma Gaskins during a November 10, 2012, concert at the Alapaha Station Celebration in Alapaha, Georgia. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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Ronnie McDowell and mentor, legendary recording artist Conway Twitty, inside a Nashville recording studio. The duo tackled an effective remake of Twitty’s “It’s Only Make Believe,” which charted on Billboard at №8 C&W on December 26, 1987, via Curb Records. Image Credit: Ronnie McDowell’s official Facebook
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The piercing eyes of 34-year-old Rick Nelson as photograped for a profile that appeared in the June 9, 1974, edition of the Los Angeles Times. Photography by Guy Webster
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Ronnie McDowell and D.J. Fontana, best known as Elvis Presley’s original rock ’n’ roll drummer, are captured on August 12, 2014, backstage after a Tribute to the King concert at the Hotel Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee, during Elvis Week. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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Elvis Presley personifies a swingin’ sixties L.A. rock star in this publicity photo taken between August 30 and September 2, 1966, for the “Double Trouble” film. Photography possibly by Virgil Apger / Elvis Photo Shoot Sessions
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I dream of women like you: Singer-songwriter Ronnie McDowell poses with lovely girlfriend Jamie Lenard on August 12, 2014, backstage after an exhilarating concert at the Hotel Memphis during Elvis Week. Photography by Jeremy Roberts
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All the ladies swoon as a sleek sunglasses clad Ronnie McDowell contemplates his next step while clutching a Gibson acoustic guitar for the “Lost In Dirty Dancing” album booklet, ultimately unleashed on August 25, 2009, via Curb Records. Photography by Jay Farrell
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Country singer-Elvis Presley enthusiast Ronnie McDowell dons glasses for a photo shoot on a railroad trestle not far from the Stock-Yard Restaurant in Nashville, Tennessee, circa April 18, 2011. Photography by Jay Farrell
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“You Made a Wanted Man of Me” hit country interpreter Ronnie McDowell flashes a thumbs up while greeting journalist Jeremy Roberts backstage at the Hotel Memphis on August 12, 2014, during Elvis Week. Photography by Diane Gaines
Click to hear “Step Back,” a contagious dose of country pop written by Craig Morris. The song reached a high of No. 7 C&W and became the second cut on “Love to Burn,” Ronnie McDowell’s ninth album released on May 14, 1982, via Epic Records. Video Credit: Sony Music Entertainment

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Retro pop culture interviews & lovin’ someone fierce sustain this University of Georgia Master of Agricultural Leadership alum. Email: jeremylr@windstream.net

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