Ronnie Self

Musical Artist

1938 – 1981


Who was Ronnie Self?

Ronnie Self was a United States rockabilly singer and songwriter. His solo career was unsuccessful, despite being signed to contracts with Columbia and then Decca from the late 1950s through the early 1960s. His only charted single was "Bop-A-Lena"; recorded in 1957 and released in 1958, it reached No. 68 on the Billboard charts. His boastful country anthem "Ain't I'm a Dog" was a regional hit in the South, but failed to score nationally.

Rumoured to be the first Rock N Roll singer signed to Columbia despite the objections of the Columbia A&R performer Mitch Miller.

A talented performer and songwriter, Self's career was blighted by his severe alcoholism and erratic behavior, including incidents of violence. However, Brenda Lee's recordings of his songs "I'm Sorry", "Sweet Nothin's", and "Everybody Loves Me But You" became major pop classics and his country gospel song "Ain't That Beautiful Singing", recorded by Jake Hess, was awarded a Grammy for Best Sacred Performance in 1969. He died in Springfield, Missouri.

Ronnie also has a long line of performers in the family tree, his grandson has a band in Missouri known as "St. Dallas and the Sinners" his grandson of course being Dallas. The first album was just recently released in 2012 the title of it being "Hail Mary" the band is becoming increasingly popular.

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Jul 5, 1938
Tin Town
Also known as
  • Ronny Self
  • Self, Ronnie
Aug 28, 1981

on July 23, 2013


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