Ronny Amodea, producer, vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter, has enjoyed a career in the music industry spanning decades. He has performed on stage with music icons from Sinatra and Tony Bennett to the Four Seasons and Bruce Springsteen. He achieved Four RIAA Certified Gold Records in the seventies for hit recordings with The Tokens and Tony Orlando.
As a bandleader with the Peter Duchin Orchestras in New York, he performed worldwide at several Presidential Inaugural Balls in Washington DC, at President Clinton’s Fiftieth birthday celebration at the Waldorf Astoria, NY, at celebrity weddings for Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, and for the Kennedy family to star-studded Hollywood galas.
Motion picture credits Include: “Mortal Thoughts,” “Jade”, “Sabrina” and “Xmas.” Television credits include Good Morning America, Juvenile Diabetes Telethon, the Jerry Lewis, MDA, Labor Day Telethon for 15 years, The Mike Douglas Show, The Jerry Blauvelt Show, Upbeat, Sesame Street and 321 Contact. Ronny Amodea has also produced hundreds of records and well-known television and radio jingles.
He has performed with these iconic recording stars: Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Johnny Mathis, Al Green, Tony Orlando, The Tokens, The Rascals, Johnny Maestro and the Brooklyn Bridge, Steve Martin, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Ronettes, Sammy Davis Jr., Maureen McGovern, Natalie Cole, and hundreds more.
Ron began taking guitar lessons at the age of twelve in South Beach, Staten Island, NY. By the time he was 14, Ron had his own band that played all around Staten Island. While performing at a block party, a talent agent asked Ron and his band to come to New York City to meet a record producer whose roster included The Mello Kings, The Passions, The Mystics, The Earls, Kenny Vance and many more. The producer, Jimmy Gribble made Ron’s band, The Demotrons his official band. Ron arranged and recorded hundreds of records for the next four years.
Below are some of these records, which have become well known over these years and today on YouTube and record collector websites.
1959 – Rockaway Special – The Demotrons first record, where they were given their name. Ron was 14 years old.
You Copped My Soul
Steel Driving Man
Meet Mr. Callahan
Brother Where Are You – Sceptor Records
East is East
I Want a Home in the Country – Atlantic Records
The Apollo – Radar Records
Beg, Borrow or Steal – Cameo Parkway Records
Sleep, Sleep, Sleep
1961 – The Toughest Band Around
Produced by Bobby Daren and his company TM Productions.
Other Hit Singles
Ron recorded and arranged hundreds of records for other vocal groups. Including The Earls, The Classics, The Del-Satins, The Elegants, The Fiestas, The Jarmels and the Belmonts, just to name a few. Below are some of these records.
A Little Bit of Soap – The Jarmels
Remember Then – The Earls
Ron’s guitar sound on this record has become a classic amoungst do wop fans.
So Nice – The Fiestas
Teardrops Follow Me – The Del-Satins, who later became Dion’s backup group on all his hit singles. Later they formed The Brooklyn Bridge with Johnny Maestro
Goodnight My Love – The Elegants Famous for the classic hit “Little Star”
Cinderella – The Classics
Come on Little Angel – The Belmonts (without Dion)
Is This Too Much To Ask – The Harbor Lites, featuring Keny Vance and Sandy who would later become Jay & the Americans
On Stage With
The Tokens – (when Ron met the Tokens who would later ask him to join their group)
The Jive Five ”The Elegants”
Jay & the Americans
The Four Seasons
The WMCA – NY Good Guys radio DJs
The Vanilla Fudge
and hundreds more…
Ron’s bands the Demotrons and Front Page played all around the New York, New Jersey and the Connecticut area. During this time, they did their own shows and backed up virtually every hit group of that time. Including Motown artists and the top R&B groups.
Ron then met Lenny Welch, famous for his #1 hit “Since I Fell For You.” Ron became his music director.
He then traveled around the country and through the south where segregation was still in effect. Ron also played with Lenny for a week-long engagement at the Apollo Theater in New York.
Ron then met and joined the Tokens where he embarked on another phase of his journey.
After being discharged from the US Army Ron started performing with bands all around New York and across the World. He also performed on TV and in movies. Here is a partial listing of these performances.
Bands & Orchestras
Steven Scott Orchestras
The Soap Factory Band
Hundreds of dance bands in the tri-State area
Tony Sotos/Bob Zittola Orchestra
Bobby Rosengarden Tonight Show Band
The Dick Cavet Show band
Ray Block Orchestra
Bob Hardwick Orchestras
The Paul Ringe band
The Peter Duchin Orchestra
The Cincinnati Pops Orchestra
Sarah Jessica Parker/Mathew Broderick wedding – NYC
Secretary of State, Charles Schultz wedding – CA
The Apollo Theater – Five shows per day with Lenny Welch.
on the bill with Flip Wilson, Little Anthony and the Imperials
Henry Kissinger’s son’s wedding – CN
Peter Benchly family parties – CN
Cousin Brucie Morrow New Years Eve – Brooklyn, NY
Kennedy Family Parties
Fundraisers for Marlo Thomas at her home – CN
Hurst Family Parties
Birmingham AL with Lenny Welch during segrefation – New Years eve in
the first intergrated night club
Bette Midler – Cast premier party at the 21 club, NY
President Clinton’s 50th birthday party – NYC
“Sabrina” movie cast premier party – Tavern on the Green, NY
1994 Republican Party Gala – Washington DC
Robert Duvalle’s New Years Eve party at his NY residence – two years
President Clinton’s Inauguration – Washington DC
President Clinton’s 50th birthday bash – NY
Bruce Springsteen’s E-Street band keyboardist’s wedding – NY
Al Gore’s TN Inauguration – Washing DC
Marvin Davis Hollywood Gala (four years) – Hollywood Hills, CA
The White House – Ronald Reagen, George H. Bush, Bill Clinton
Ivana Trump’s second wedding – Le Cirque NYC
Mar-A-Largo – the first and second new years eve parties
Save Venice Gala – Venice, Italy
Bonds for Israel – Dozens of events where Ron sang the Israeli National anthem
IBM Conventions – Maui, Hawaii, Acapulco, Mexico, Bermuda
The Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon – 15 years
and many, many more
The Apolo Theater band
Bobby Rosengarden Tonight Show band
Jay & The Americans
The Pointer Sisters
Sammy Davis Jr.
and hundreds more
TV and Radio Commercials
Pan Am makes the going great
Benson & Hedges – a silly millimeter longer
Clairol – She Lets Her Hair Down
and many more
The Mike Douglas Show – Philadelphia, PA
Upbeat – Ohio
The Jerry Blauvelt Show – Philadelphia, PA
321 Contact – The Children’s Television Workshop
Good Morning America – ABC – NY
Juvenile Diabetes Telethon – Hollywood, CA
Videos of TV apearences
Motion Pictures Performances
“Jade” – David Carusso
“Sabrina” – Harrison Ford
“Mortal Thoughts” – Bruce Willis and Demi Moore
“XMAS” – Short subject – music written by maestro Alexander Stienert
Cast member and soundtrack recording
Actor and sound track recording