Ron Dante of the Archies
Ron Dante is one star in the entertainment business who doesn't need a press agent to hype his many accomplishments. He has a room full of platinum albums and Grammy, Clio and Tony Awards to do his talking for him.
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Ron Dante is probably best known for his work as a producer for Barry Manilow, Cher, Dionne Warwick, Pat Benatar, Irene Cara, Ray Charles, John Denver and other major recording artists.
He was the driving force behind Barry Manilow's greatest successes. Their collaboration spawned one hit after another. Dante produced songs that have become landmarks on the pop music scene including "Mandy", "I Write The Songs", "the Grammy winning "Copacabana" and "Could It Be Magic".
During a tumultuous decade in the record industry in which many stars faded and new ones flickered, Dante's firm guidance helped Manilow achieve unparalleled success. The Dante produced LP's sold more than 60 million copies, accounting for more than $350 million in retail sales at record stores nationwide.
Pop music fans know Ron Dante as the man who performed "Sugar, Sugar". This leading hit single topped the Top40 charts for weeks and was voted 'Song Of The Year' in 1969... an era dominated by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and hard rock.
Lots of music lovers hum Ron Dante's tunes without even knowing it. Dante was the distinctive singing voice in dozens of radio and TV commercials. He has also worked alongside other rising stars including Melissa Manchester, Ashford Simpson and Luther Vandross.
It's Dante's voice you hear singing "You Deserve A Break Today" for McDonalds. His voice was heard in spots for Coca Cola, American Airlines, Budweiser and dozens of other well known products. The production firm Dante established to produce commercials won a Clio for its work for Volkswagen.
Theater-goers know Dante for his work on Broadway. He produced "Ain's Misbehavin'" which earned him a Tony for best musical and "Children Of A Lesser God" which took the Tony for best drama. Dante's stage credits also include "Whose Life Is It Anyway?", "Crimes Of The Heart", and "Duet For One". Dante also turned his attention to the printed word. He served as publisher of the prestigious Paris Review for more than two years.
Now at the beginning of the 21st Century, Ron Dante has released his newest solo recording "Favorites" on CD and more releases are on the way. Be sure to catch Ron Dante this year as he tours the country promoting his new album!
"I never stop keeping busy," Ron says. "My day starts very early and that's okay with me. I enjoy what I do and that makes the long hours and every day worth it."
The new CD FAVORITES is a compilation of Ron's best-loved songs of the 1960's... these songs are newly recorded by Ron and have been given a great modern-pop sound, bringing new life to some of the most enjoyable songs ever written in that era.
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