Today while surfing on the web I was looking for some german music charts and somehow YouTube recommended me a video called ‘I Won’t Cry’ and gave it a listen… no regrets at all… nice vibes, cool music and later I figured it out Ronnie Davis was a reggae legend who recently passes away.
Davis started his singing career by entering local talent contests in the early 1960s. He formed a group called The Westmorlites, but his big break came in 1969 when he was asked to join The Tennors.
Davis enjoyed major success as a member of The Itals, recording and touring the globe. Their 1987 release Rasta Philosophy was nominated for a GRAMMY Award as Best Reggae Album.
Davis left The Itals in 1995, to again pursue a solo career, forming the vocal group, Ronnie Davis & Idren, featuring harmony singers Roy Smith (an old schoolfriend), Robert Doctor and fellow former-Ital Lloyd Ricketts. the group performed around the United States, and in 1997 released their first album, Come Straight , to much critical acclaim.
Ronnie Davis toured with The Pocket Band of Washington, DC in 2007 and 2008. In 2009 Davis again joined forces with Keith Porter and David Isaacs to tour as The Itals. Ronnie Davis and Keith Porter toured as The Itals after the passing of David Isaacs in 2009 and Lloyd Ricketts in 2011. In March 2012, after a near 35-year hiatus, The Tennors reunited with George Murphy aka “Clive Tennors”, Ronnie Davis and a new member Henry Buckley, Jr. aka Sadiki. The Tennors continue to tour without Davis and Sadiki.
In 2016 Davis released the Sadiki-produced album Iyahcoustic on Skinny Bwoy Records.