RON HOLDEN–“LOVE YOU SO”–His Fabulous 1960 Hit Record

Hi,  Ron Holden had one big hit in his career and that classic recording is ‘LOVE YOU SO”, a song that peaked on the Billboard Hot 100 at #7 in 1960 and at #11 on the Billboard R&B singles chart.  Ron was discovered by former police officer Larry Nelson who was just starting his own record label Nite Owl Records.  The record was originally released on Nelson’s label but was sold to the larger Donna Records label for better distribution.  Donna Records bought the rights to Ron Holden’s recordings and issued a full LP entitled “Love You So”.

The “B” side of Ron’s hit record was the bluesy, “MY BABE”.  A great record on its own and should have been issued as a follow-up single.  “My Babe” received much air play and became a hit of its own, although it did not chart.  Ron could not follow-up his hit and remained off the charts until 1974 when “CAN YOU TALK?” charted on the Billboard R&B chart at #49.

Ron Holden was born on August 7, 1939 in Seattle, Washington.  His backing group on his classic hit is The Thunderbirds.  Ron passed away in January of 1997 at the age of 57.  His double-sided hit, “LOVE YOU SO”/”MY BABE” are a legacy to the talent that he possessed, a smash hit from “The Golden Age of Rock and Roll”.

Till the next time—Joe

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