RUSSELLVILLE - Ronnie McDowell will be returning to the historic Roxy Theatre in Russellville in concert Saturday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in a benefit for the theater. Local artist Joseph Baldwin will be the opening act for the show.
McDowell has an amazing string of hit songs he has amassed over the years. Following the death of Elvis Presley in 1977, McDowell came out of nowhere to dazzle the world with his heartfelt and self-penned tribute song “The King Is Gone” on the independent Scorpion label. The record took off immediately, gaining airplay on country and pop stations across the country and around the world. To date, “The King Is Gone” has sold more than 5 million copies.
McDowell scored a second hit for the Scorpion label titled “I Love You, I Love You, I Love You” before being wooed and signed by CBS Records – Epic label in 1979. McDowell charted a string of hit singles and albums for Epic between 1979 and 1986. Every single release with the exception of one became a Top 10 Hit including the chart toppers “Older Women” and “You’re Gonna Ruin My Bad Reputation.” Other hits during his Epic years included “Watchin' Girls Go By,” “Personally,” “You Made a Wanted Man of Me,” “All Tied Up” and “In a New York Minute.”
Moving to Curb Records in 1986, his current label to date, McDowell scored a Top 10 hit with “It’s Only Make Believe,” a duet with the late Conway Twitty on Twitty’s breakthrough hit from 1958. He also recorded yet another Top 10 hit with his version of the pop standard “Unchained Melody,” which also became a #1 country music video. To date, McDowell has scored over 30 top ten records. McDowell is still constantly in demand on the road and tours relentlessly with his band.
McDowell sang 36 songs on the soundtrack “Elvis,” the Dick Clark-produced television movie that featured Kurt Russell. He also was the singing voice for the television movie “Elvis And Me”, the ABC television series about the early years of Elvis’ career titled simply “Elvis” as well as, the 1997 Showtime special “Elvis Meets Nixon.”
Ticket prices range from $15-$30. To order, call 256-415-3270.