Ronnie McDowell was born in Portland, Tennessee in March of 1950.
Ronnie McDowell made his first network television appearance on American Bandstand.
Ronnie McDowell has been a television guest on various other shows including TNN's Nashville Now, Crook & Chase, and This Week in Country Music. He has also appeared on such TV programs as The Tommy Hunter Show, American Magazine, Entertainment Tonight, CNN's Show Biz Today, and is the only artist to have ever performed during the Jefferson Awards in the Supreme Court.
Ronnie McDowell has been one of the staff performers on TNN's Music City Tonight where he appeared regularly on that show for 1-1/2 years.
Ronnie McDowell has recorded the audio on TV commercials for Miller Lite, Red Lobster, KFC, the King Candy Company in Holland, Chevrolet, and the State of Tennessee.
Ronnie McDowell has recorded music videos from a number of his own songs including: Step Back, I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire, I Got a Million of 'em, Make Me Late for Work Today, Never Too Old to Rock n' Roll, American Music, Paralyzed, Unchained Melody, Just Our of Reach (of My Two Empty Arms), When a Man Loves a Woman, Yippy-Ti-Yi-Yo, What's It Gonna Take, and I'll Make Love to You.
Ronnie McDowell has been featured in such national publications as TV Guide, Entertainment Weekly, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Country Song Roundup, Grit, Country America, Music City News, the National Examiner, Country Weekly, and the Star, as well as in wire stories for Associated Press. He has been featured on the cover of Country Music USA, and Country Gazette in Holland.
Ronnie McDowell was invited to play a command performance for President George Bush at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina in a special salute to troops of Operation Desert Storm.
Ronnie McDowell has always been a generous giver to charitable organizations and is an especially strong supporter of Easter Seals. The singer has also established his own Annual Benefit Festival in his hometown of Portland, Tennessee, which helps fund that city's D.A.R.E. program.
Ronnie McDowell has been honored by the Tennessee General Assembly with a House Joint Resolution recognizing his many contributions to the community.
Ronnie McDowell was the first country artist to ever create an animated video, which he graphically developed himself by designing toon-type characters of his band and himself for the title cut from his Curb album American Music.
Ronnie McDowell sang 36 songs on the soundtrack Elvis, which was produced by Dick Clark and featured Kurt Russell as the performer. It was nationally televised in 1979.
Ronnie McDowell was the singing voice for the TV-movie Elvis and the Beauty Queen, with actor Don Johnson playing Presley.
Ronnie McDowell was the singing voice again on the ABC-TV movie Elvis and Me in 1988, which was a movie based on Priscilla Presley's book, and the show starred Dale Midliff as Elvis.
Ronnie McDowell was personally selected by Priscilla Presley to do the music on ABC's 1990 television series about the early years of Elvis' career titled Elvis.
Ronnie McDowell had the honor of being chosen to perform with the Memphis Symphony at Elvis' birthday celebration in January of 1995, when Presley would have turned 60.
Ronnie McDowell was also selected as the singing voice of Elvis, in 1997, for the Showtime TV special Elvis Meets Nixon.
For additional information on Ronnie McDowell including:
- a list of his albums
- how to book an engagement
- Ronnie's concert schedule
- information on how to order one of his art prints
- information on Ronnie's fan clubs
Please visit www.ronniemcdowell.com
Ronnie has been called Portland's Native Son and our Ambassador to the World. We are all very proud of Ronnie, his many accomplishments and what he has done for Portland. Thanks, Ronnie!
Ronnie McDowell was in Portland 1/26/2002 at Village Drugs
to autograph his new 2002 calendar. Ronnie was accompanied by a host of notables. Shown (left to right) are Scotty Moore (Elvis Presley's original guitar player and road manager), D.J. Fontana (Elvis Presley's drummer), Portland Mayor Jim Calloway, Ronnie McDowell, and Ray Walker (one of the members of the Jordonaires who were the background singers for Elvis Presley).