June 1st – Ronnie Dyson – Emmie

You may think you’ve never heard Ronnie Dyson before but if you own the original Broadway cast recording of Hair then you have – his is the voice that begins the show as he leads off Aquarius. He signed with Columbia records shortly afterwards and enjoyed some US chart success in the early 70s before his career tailed off later in the decade. A move to Cotillion Records in 1981 failed to restore his fortunes.

His first recordings are amongst his best and have recently been repackaged by Soul Music Records.  It’s a brave singer that covers Laura Nyro but Ronnie does a great job on this song from Eli and the Thirteenth Confession.