Happy Birthday, Ronnie Earl

Happy Birthday Ronnie Earl!

Ronnie Earl was born Ronald Horvath on March 10, 1953, in Queens, New York (my hometown) changing his name to “Earl” in honor of Earl Hooker.

For me, Earl carries on the legacy of Peter Green like no other.  Few can match the combination of raging fire and soothing liquid tone in his playing.

Deeply spiritual, Earl brings a sense of love and generosity to his playing that carries the listener to unexpected heights each time he plays.

Earl always acknowledges his roots, and pays respect to his elders with cover versions of songs that honor their originators by not copying them; rather, he pays homage by building on the work that they have done, interpreting and incorporating their style into his own, not imitating it.

Among those whose work Earl repeatedly turns to for inspiration, T-Bone Walker, Freddie King and Otis Rush.

Listen to how both Green and Earl approach such songs as:

‘San-Ho-Zay’

‘The Stumble’

‘It Takes Time’

‘Double Trouble’

Also recommended, Earl’s beautiful instrumental, ‘Heart of Glass’ from 1997’s “The Colour of Love”, which he dedicated to Green.

It is no exaggeration to say that Earl is among the best there is and ever was.

Happy Birthday, Mr. Earl, many you enjoy it, and many, many more.  Thank you for the joy you’ve brought the world.

2 Comments

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    Roy Visser August 26, 2017 (1:17 am)

    Thanks Richard, I stumbled on this link/page accidently today (26 Aug 2017)

    Been meaning to ask if you ever came across any record of Peter Green’s short visit to South
    Africa ?
    I have a feeling that he arrived in Pretoria, enrolled at the Technical College to do a bricklaying course and was interested investigating African tribal music/rhythms.

    Perhaps you are aware of this ?

    Timing would have been late 60’s/ early 70’s.

    Cheers for now
    Roy Visser

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      Rich Orlando August 26, 2017 (5:18 pm)

      Hi Roy,

      I have to say that I have never come across anything about this in my research – unfortunately, the only source for this time period that I am aware of is Clemins’ biography – I do wish that someone (I’d be more than happy to if someone would pay) would do a proper biography and really investigate his life and speak to those who know / knew him before they are all gone –
      Sorry I couldn’t provide more info – I will continue though to explore this area