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RONNIE LAWS was born on 3 December, 1950. RONNIE LAWS released Eighteen albums from 1975 till 1998. The first album RONNIE LAWS released in the seventies is 'Pressure Sensitive' on BLUE NOTE Records. Other albums that RONNIE LAWS recorded are 'Solid Ground', 'Every Generation', 'Fever'. Forty four albums of RONNIE LAWS reached the billboard Jazz Albums chart. The highest charted album was 'Every Generation' from 1980. This album debuted in 1980 on the Jazz Albums chart and reached number 1 and lasts 0 weeks on this chart. Other charted albums are `Flame' #1 (Jazz Albums) and `Fever' #13 (Black Albums) and `Friends And Strangers' #13 (Black Albums) and `True Spirit' #13 (Top Contemporary Jazz Albums) and `Fever' #13 (Top R&B Albums) and `Friends And Strangers' #13 (Top R&B Albums) and `Classic Masters' #16 (Top Jazz Albums) and `Dream A Little' #16 (Top Contemporary Jazz Albums) and `Flame' #16 (Black Albums) and `Dream A Little' #16 (Top Contemporary Jazz Albums) and `Flame' #16 (Top R&B Albums) and `Solid Ground' #17 (Black Albums) and `Identity' #19 (Top Contemporary Jazz Albums) and `Mr. Nice Guy' #19 (Top Jazz Albums) and `Friends And Strangers' #2 (Jazz Albums) and `Solid Ground' #2 (Jazz Albums) and `Mr. Nice Guy' #23 (Top Jazz Albums) and `Every Generation' #24 (Pop Albums) and `Mr. Nice Guy' #24 (Black Albums) and `Natural Laws' #25 (Top Contemporary Jazz Albums) and `Pressure Sensitive' #25 (Black Albums) and `Fever' #3 (Jazz Albums) and `Pressure Sensitive' #3 (Jazz Albums) and `Classic Masters' #33 (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums) and `Friends And Strangers' #37 (Pop Albums) and `Every Generation' #4 (Black Albums) and `Fever' #46 (Pop Albums) and `Mr. Nice Guy' #49 (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums) and `Flame' #51 (Pop Albums) and `Solid Ground' #51 (Pop Albums) and `Deep Soul' #6 (Top Contemporary Jazz Albums) and `Mr. Nice Guy' #6 (Jazz Albums) and `Pressure Sensitive' #73 (Pop Albums) and `Identity' #80 (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums) and `Mr. Nice Guy' #98 (Pop Albums) From 1976 till 1991 RONNIE LAWS released also eight singles. The first single RONNIE LAWS released in the seventies is 'All The Time' on Records. Other released tracks are 'All For You (1979 / )', 'Always There (1976 / )', 'Every Generation (1980 / )', 'Love Is Here (1979 / )'.

Ronnie Laws formed his own group The Lightmen while still at high school.

After his college days he moved to Los Angeles where in 1970 he became the sax player with Earth Wind & Fire.

His playing is featured on their album 'Last Days In Time'.

He also recorded with Doug and Jean Carne and Hugh Masekela during this time.

In 1976, he launched a solo career with Blue Note Records and producer Wayne Henderson, making immediate impact on the UK jazz funk scene with his debut album 'Pressure Sensitive', including the classic instrumental 'Always There' (later recorded by numerous other artists including Wilille Bobo, Side Effect, Jeff Lorber, Wood Brass & Steel, Incognito and the James Taylor Quartet).


For the United Artists label, he consolidated his popularity with 'Fever' (1976), 'Friends & Strangers' (1977), 'Flame' (1978) and 'Every Generation' (1980), slowly but surely introducing more of his own vocals on his songs.

Vocals were predominant on his next two albums, 'Solid Ground' (Liberty Records, 1981) including 'Stay Awake', and 'Mr Nice Guy' (Capitol Records, 1982).

A final Capitol album 'Classic Masters' (1984) was a compilation featuring two new vocal songs, 'City Girl' and '(You Are) Paradise'.

Switching to CBS, he continued to pursue his vocal career on 'Mirror Town' (1986) and 'All Day Rhythm' (1987) before switching to the independent ATA label and resuming his instrumental sax style on CD-only albums 'True Spirit' (1990) and 'Identity' (1990).


His nineties releases include an album dedicated to The Isley Brothers entitled 'Portrait of the Isley Brothers, 'Harvest For The World' (1998). He had, by that time returned to the Blue Note Stable.

Ronnie has also recorded with Alphonse Mouzon ('The Sky Is The Limit'), Ramsey Lewis ('Tequila Mockingbird'), Arthur Adams ('Home Brew'), Howard Hewett ('This Time'), Jeff Lorber, Sister Sledge ('Once In Your Life'), David Sea and numerous other artists.


His brother is Hubert Laws while his sisters are Eloise Laws (for whom he wrote and produced) and Debra Laws (for whom he co-produced 'Very Special', writing the leading song 'On My Own').

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