Wednesday, February 02, 2005

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Rockin’ Bones
(By Ronnie Dawson, 1959)

Roll on! RD in the 1990s

I had the good fortune of seeing the Blond Bomber himself, Rockin’ Ronnie Dawson, perform back in early June1998, at a club in Arlington VA. RD’s set was great—I heard one of my rock’nroll heroes play two of my fave raves: Action-Packed (1958) and Rockin’ Bones (1959—originally recorded by Elroy Dietzel, but that’s a different story!). After the show RD let me buy him a beer, and he posed for photos with my girlfriend and me. I was so sad when I read his obituary in September 2003, but cheered when I read what RD told the Dallas Morning News only months before his demise, “Don’t feel sorry for me, man,” a typically upbeat Mr. Dawson said in February, after doctors told him the cancer had spread to his lungs and was now terminal. “Last year was the first time I was ever in the hospital. Sixty-three years of quality life … are you kidding? I’m celebrating.” RIP, Rockin’ Ronnie Dawson!

RD's Waxahachie Texas High School Baseball Cap...

...and 1957 publicity photo (dig that crazy flat top!)
Well, when I die don't bury me at all
Just hang my bones upon the wall
Beneath these bones let these words be seen:
"The running gears of a boppin' machine"


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