Ron Davies


1946 – 2003


Who was Ron Davies?

Ron Davies was an American songwriter and musician. He was described by CMT News at the time of his death as "the family's artistic trailblazer" although "less celebrated… than his [younger] sister, singer/songwriter and producer Gail Davies."

The son of country singer Tex Dickerson, Ron took the name Davies after he was adopted by his stepfather, Darby Davies. Ron began his professional songwriting career at the age of 17, when he penned an entire album for the Tacoma, Washington-based Wailers. He released two albums of his own on A&M Records, Silent Song Through the Land and U. F. O, which he co-produced with Grammy Award winning engineer Tommy Vicari.

Davies's song "It Ain't Easy" was covered by Three Dog Night, David Bowie, Dave Edmunds, and Grammy Award winner Shelby Lynne, among others; his "Long, Hard Climb" by Helen Reddy and Maria Muldaur; "The Man I Used to Be" by Jerry Jeff Walker; and "Waitin' on a Dark-Eyed Girl" by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Ron moved to Nashville, Tennessee; in 1985 where he wrote for Cedarwood Publishing and later for Warner/Chappell Music. Although not a professional actor, he played the lead role in the George Jones video Cold Hard Truth in 1999.

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Jan 15, 1946
Oct 30, 2003

on July 23, 2013


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