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Any project that finds a playful version of The Little Mermaid's "Kiss the Girl" appropriate is obviously something conceived in a tropical wonderland. Veteran country singer Ronnie McDowell takes a break from the honky tonkin' and teams up with the legendary doo wop-era group the Drifters to create a fun, reggae-influenced trip down to the islands (that takes a few detours through the history of rock & roll). Classics include "Honey Love" and a moody rendering of "For Your Precious Love," while McDowell's own sense of novelty songwriting leads to the inspired "I Wanna Shag With You" and "Boardwalk Girl." The closing number, "Shama Lama Ding Dong," blends the best of the two worlds together.


Born: 26 March 1950 in Fountain Head, TN

Genre: Country

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Best known for his visual and vocal resemblance to Elvis Presley, Ronnie McDowell enjoyed a series of Top Ten hits on the country charts during the first half of the '80s. McDowell was born in 1950 and raised in the small town of Portland, TN, and started singing publicly while serving the Navy in the Philippines. He hit big in 1977 with "The King Is Gone," a tribute to Presley written immediately after the singer's death; released on the Scorpion label, the song climbed into the Top 20 of both the...
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