Ron Davies

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Ron Davies (Ronny Wayne Davies, 15 January 1946–30 October 2003) 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 Vicarri.

Ron's song "It Ain't Easy" was covered by Three Dog Night, David Bowie, 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. Ron Davies died of a heart attack at his home in Nashville on 30 October 2003. An album of his songs entitled "Unsung Hero - A Tribute To The Music Of Ron Davies" was released in 2013 featuring 22 well known artists including John Prine, Dolly Parton, Vince Gill, Alison Krauss, Delbert McClinton, Crystal Gayle and jazz legend Benny Golson. For more information see

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Year Title Rating Releases
1970 Silent Song Through the Land 2

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