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Donner, Ral

Full name Ralph Stuart Emanuel Donner. Born 1943 in Chicago, Ill. Moved to Orlando, Fla., in the late 1950s. Died in 1984.

References:

  • Official website
  • Feature article and sessionography in issue 21 (1979) of New Kommotion.
  • Article in issue 107 (1992) of Now Dig This.
  • Two-part feature article in issue 79-80 (2001) of Rockin' Fifties; discography in issue 80.
Artist image
Source: Bruce Grossberg

Notes:


Original Releases

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Discography is intended to be complete through 1964

Date & Source Label & Number Title & "As By" Name Matrix Comps
1959/Oct. 12
Bb pop rev.
Scottie (Ga.)  1310  [45]
(pressed by RCA)
Pertinent That's All Right With Me
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from Sequel CD 190)
KO8W-0830 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#2)
Bullet Eagle LP 320 (#12)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#27)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#16)
Bullet Rondo LP 22437 (#14)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#37)
Bullet Treasure LP 1057 (#7)
    Borderline Tell Me Why
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from Sequel CD 190)
KO8W-0831 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#1)
Bullet Eagle LP 320 (#11)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#26)
Bullet Rondo LP 22437 (#13)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#36)
Bullet Tail LP 101 (#12)
Bullet Treasure LP 1057 (#6)
1961/Feb.
(Bb est.)
Gone (N.Y.)  5102  [45] Borderline Girl Of My Best Friend
Ral Donner & The Starfires
Label shot
(from Sequel CD 190)
G-747 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#3)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#9)
Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#1)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#9)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#5)
Bullet Murray Hill LP 000393 (#8)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#3)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#10)
Bullet Rondo LP 22436 (#11)
Bullet Rondo LP 22437 (#11)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#1)
Bullet Warwick LP 5060 (#7)
    Non-pertinent It's Been A Long Time
Ral Donner & The Starfires
Label shot
(from Sequel CD 190)
G-748 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#4)
Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#14)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#10)
Bullet Rondo LP 22437 (#10)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#2)
1961/June
(Bb est.)
Gone (N.Y.)  5108  [45] No rating And Then
Ral Donner
Label shot
G-780  
    No rating To Love
Ral Donner
Label shot
G-779 Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#28)
1961/June
(Bb est.)
Gone (N.Y.)  5108  [45] Borderline You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from 45)
G-793 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#5)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#1)
Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#2)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#18)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#32)
Bullet Murray Hill LP 000393 (#5)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#1)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#11)
Bullet Rondo LP 22436 (#4)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#9)
    Borderline So Close To Heaven
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from 45)
G-794 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#6)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#7)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#24)
Bullet Murray Hill LP 000393 (#2)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#20)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#3)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#13)
Bullet Treasure LP 1057 (#13)
1961/Sept. 18
Bb pop rev.
Gone (N.Y.)  5114  [45] Borderline I Didn't Figure On Him (To Come Back)
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from 45)
G-810 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#8)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#18)
Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#8)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#6)
Bullet Murray Hill LP 000393 (#6)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#19)
Bullet Rondo LP 22436 (#2)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#3)
    Borderline Please Don't Go
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from 45)
G-809 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#7)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#6)
Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#3)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#17)
Bullet Murray Hill LP 000393 (#14)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#2)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#4)
Bullet Rondo LP 22436 (#9)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#7)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#20)
1961/Nov.
(Bb est.)
Gone (N.Y.)  5119  [45] Borderline School Of Heartbreakers
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from Sequel CD 190)
G-834 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#14)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#15)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#10)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#21)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#4)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#23)
Bullet Rondo LP 22436 (#8)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#8)
    Borderline Because We're Young
Ral Donner
Label shot
G-833  
1961/Dec. 4
Bb pop rev.
Gone (N.Y.)  5121  [45] Borderline She's Everything (I Wanted You To Be)
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from 45)
G-840 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#20)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#5)
Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#4)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#11)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#22)
Bullet Murray Hill LP 000393 (#1)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#5)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#1)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#34)
    Borderline Because We're Young
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from Sequel CD 190)
G-833 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#19)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#27)
1962/Mar. 10
Bb pop rev.
Gone (N.Y.)  5125  [45] Borderline Will You Love Me In Heaven
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from 45)
G844 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#21)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#8)
Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#13)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#4)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#31)
Bullet Murray Hill LP 000393 (#11)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#14)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#6)
Bullet Rondo LP 22437 (#5)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#35)
Bullet Yeaah! CD 509 (#1)
    Non-pertinent ( What A Sad Way) To Love Someone
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from Sequel CD 190)
G852 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#22)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#3)
Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#5)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#12)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#30)
Bullet Murray Hill LP 000393 (#7)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#6)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#25)
Bullet Rondo LP 22437 (#4)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#32)
1962/May 19
Bb pop rev.
Gone (N.Y.)  5129  [45] Borderline Bells Of Love
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from 45)
G-862 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#24)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#16)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#16)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#3)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#8)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#20)
Bullet Rondo LP 22437 (#12)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#23)
    Borderline Loveless Life
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from 45)
G-861 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#23)
Bullet Classics CD 747 (#10)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#13)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#14)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#7)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#19)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#33)
Bullet Treasure LP 1057 (#9)
1962/Nov. 3
Bb pop rev.
Gone (N.Y.)  5133  [45] Borderline Sweetheart
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from 45)
G-886 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#26)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#17)
Bullet Rondo LP 22437 (#6)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#29)
    Non-pertinent To Love
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from Sequel CD 190)
G-779 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#25)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#14)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#14)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#9)
Bullet Rondo LP 22437 (#7)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#5)
1962/Dec. 8
Bb pop rev.
Reprise (Calif.) R-20,135  [45]
(pressed by Monarch)
No rating Second Miracle (Of Christmas)
Ral Donner
Label shot
1548 Δ45737 Bullet Treasure LP 1057 (#10)
    No rating ( Things That Make Up) Christmas Day
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from Buffalo Bop CD 55095)
1549 Δ45737-x Bullet Buffalo Bop CD 55095 (#12)
Bullet Treasure LP 1057 (#11)
1963/Feb. 2
Bb pop rev.
Reprise (Calif.) R-20,141  [45]
Cover shot
Borderline I Got Burned
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from 45)
1644 Bullet Ace CD 1050 (#9)
Bullet Eagle LP 320 (#10)
Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#10)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#5)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#7)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#13)
Bullet Rondo LP 22437 (#8)
Bullet SABAM LP 1000 (#7)
    Non-pertinent A Tear In My Eye
Ral Donner
Label shot
1645 Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#11)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#15)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#1)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#21)
Bullet Rondo LP 22437 (#9)
1963/May
(Bb est.)
Reprise (Calif.) R-20,176  [45] No rating I Wish This Night Would Never End
Ral Donner / Arranged And Conducted By Jack Nitzsche
Label shot
1921 Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#12)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#8)
Bullet Popularity CD 5004 (#27)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#12)
Bullet Rondo LP 22437 (#2)
    No rating Don't Put Your Heart In His Hand
Ral Donner / Arranged And Conducted By Jack Nitzsche
Label shot
1923 Bullet Rondo LP 22437 (#3)
Bullet Treasure LP 1057 (#12)
1963/May
rel. no. code
Tau (Fla.)  105  [45] Borderline Loneliness Of A Star
Ral Donner With The Starfires
Label shot
(from Sequel CD 190)
6305144 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#28)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#11)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#39)
Bullet Yeaah! CD 18 (#9)
    Borderline And Then
Ral Donner With The Starfires
Label shot
(from Sequel CD 190)
6305143 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#27)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#2)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#18)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#38)
1963/July
(Bb est.)
Reprise (Calif.) R-20,192  [45] Non-pertinent Run Little Linda
Ral Donner
Label shot
2118 Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#15)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#20)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#27)
    Non-pertinent Beyond The Heartbreak (But Still In Love)
Ral Donner
Label shot
2119 Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#16)
Bullet Rondo LP 22437 (#1)
1964-65
(Bb est.)
Fontana (Ill.) F-1502  [45] No rating Poison Ivy League
Ral Donner
Label shot
YW1-34792 Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#17)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#1)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#18)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#28)
Bullet Treasure LP 1057 (#8)
    No rating You Finally Said Something Good
Ral Donner
Label shot
YW1-34794 Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#18)
1965
(Bb est.)
Fontana (Ill.) F-1515  [45] No rating Good Lovin'
Ral Donner
Label shot
YW1-34774  
    No rating The Other Side Of Me
Ral Donner
Label shot
YW1-34793  
1961
(BSN est.)
Gone (N.Y.)  5012  [LP]
Takin' Care Of Business [mono]
Cover shot
Pertinent Turn Back The Clock
Ral Donner
Label shot
(from Sequel CD 190)
A Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#9)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#12)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#29)
Bullet Murray Hill LP 000393 (#10)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#5)
Bullet Rondo LP 22436 (#1)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#18)
Bullet Treasure LP 1057 (#5)
    No rating I Didn't Figure On Him
Ral Donner
A Bullet Lesley CD [GR&RP] (#31)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#2)
    Borderline Lonely Star
Ral Donner
(from Sequel CD 190)
A Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#10)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#11)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#12)
Bullet Rondo LP 22436 (#3)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#10)
Bullet Treasure LP 1057 (#4)
    No rating You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)
Ral Donner
A  
    Borderline With You Now
Ral Donner
(from Sequel CD 190)
A Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#11)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#8)
Bullet Rondo LP 22436 (#5)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#19)
    Borderline Nine Times Out Of Ten
Ral Donner
(from Sequel CD 190)
A Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#12)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#17)
Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#7)
Bullet Folkline CD 196 (#14)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#2)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#16)
Bullet Murray Hill LP 000393 (#12)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#18)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#14)
Bullet Rondo LP 22436 (#6)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#6)
    Pertinent I Don't Need You
Ral Donner
(from Sequel CD 190)
A Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#13)
Bullet Rondo LP 22436 (#7)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#22)
Bullet Treasure LP 1057 (#14)
    No rating School Of Heartbreakers
Ral Donner
Label shot
B  
    No rating Please Don't Go
Ral Donner
B  
    Borderline She's My Baby
Ral Donner
(from Sequel CD 190)
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#15)
Bullet Club LP 022 (#10)
Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#6)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#6)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#23)
Bullet Lesley CD [GR&RP] (#4)
Bullet Murray Hill LP 000393 (#3)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#10)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#8)
Bullet Rondo LP 22436 (#10)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#17)
    No rating Girl Of My Best Friend
Ral Donner
B  
    Borderline Your Skies Of Blue (Will Turn Grey On You)
Ral Donner
(from Sequel CD 190)
B Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#16)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#11)
Bullet Rondo LP 22436 (#12)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#26)
    Pertinent For Love Nor Money
Ral Donner
(from LP)
B Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#17)
Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#9)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#3)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#12)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#22)
Bullet Rondo LP 22436 (#13)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#25)
    Pertinent Pray For Me
Ral Donner
(from Sequel CD 190)
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#18)
Bullet Club LP 022 (#20)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#7)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#19)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#13)
Bullet Rondo LP 22436 (#14)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#21)
 
 
[unissued]     [unissued] Pertinent Creampuff
Ral Donner
(from Sequel CD 190)
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#47)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#10)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#4)
Bullet Murray Hill LP 000393 (#13)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#7)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#16)
    Borderline Half Heaven, Half Heartache
Ral Donner
(from Sequel CD 190)
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#49)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#2)
Bullet Murray Hill LP 000393 (#9)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#9)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#31)
    Non-pertinent Juarez
Ral Donner
(from Sequel CD 190)
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#53)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#28)
    Pertinent Little Miss Heartbreak
Ral Donner
(from Sequel CD 190)
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#51)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#4)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#14)
    No rating Miss Ann
Ral Donner
  Bullet Norton LP 312 (#18)
Bullet Norton CD 312 (#18)
    Non-pertinent Night Owl
Ral Donner
(from Sequel CD 190)
  Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#15)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#26)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#11)
    Borderline Nite Owl
Ral Donner
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#44)
Bullet Collectables CD 5627 (#13)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#15)
    No rating Please Don't Tease
Ral Donner
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#48)
Bullet Murray Hill LP 000393 (#4)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#15)
    Non-pertinent Puddle Of Tears
Ral Donner
(from Sequel CD 190)
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#46)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#17)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#24)
    No rating She's My Baby [alt. vers.]
Ral Donner
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#37)
    Borderline Silver And Gold
Ral Donner
(from Sequel CD 190)
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#54)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#30)
    Pertinent Standing Here
Ral Donner
(from Sequel CD 190)
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#45)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#16)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#4)
    Pertinent Tears Of Misery
Ral Donner
(from Sequel CD 190)
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#52)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#15)
    Borderline You Haven't Lived Until You've Loved
Ral Donner
(from Sequel CD 190)
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#50)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#12)
 
 
[need info]     [ ] No rating I Didn't Figure On Him (To Come Back) [alt. vers.]
Ral Donner
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#32)
    No rating Lonely Star [alt. vers.]
Ral Donner
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#34)
    No rating Loveless Life [alt. vers.]
Ral Donner
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#42)
    No rating Nine Times Out Of Ten [alt. vers.]
Ral Donner
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#35)
    No rating Please Don't Go [alt. vers.]
Ral Donner
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#31)
    No rating Pray For Me [alt. vers.]
Ral Donner
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#38)
    No rating School Of Heartbreakers [alt. vers.]
Ral Donner
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#36)
    No rating She's Everything (I Wanted You To Be) [alt. vers.]
Ral Donner
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#39)
    No rating So Close To Heaven [alt. vers.]
Ral Donner
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#30)
    No rating Take Me Back
Ral Donner
  Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#25)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#17)
    No rating To Love [alt. vers.]
Ral Donner
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#43)
    No rating Turn Back The Clock [alt. vers.]
Ral Donner
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#33)
    No rating ( What A Sad Way) To Love Someone [alt. vers.]
Ral Donner
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#41)
    No rating Will You Love Me In Heaven [alt. vers.]
Ral Donner
  Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#40)

Collector-Oriented Compilation LPs and CDs Containing Tracks

1978Gone 5033LPElvis Scrapbook / Ral Donner
1979Pye (England) NSPL 28269LPYou Don't Know What You've Got / Ral Donner
Warwick WW 5060LPRockabilly Dynamite
1983Eagle (Germany) 320LPAt The Rockhouse, Vol. 10
1986Firestar (Netherlands) FS 1010LPSounds Like Elvis / Ral Donner
1989Murray Hill (United States) 000393LPShe's Everything / Ral Donner
1990Gone (Italy) 5101CDThe Great Ral Donner
Request (Italy) CD 13504CDThe Presley Sound Of Ral Donner
1991Sequel (England) NED CD 190CDThe Complete Ral Donner, 1959-1962
1993Tail (United States) LP 101LPWe All Wane [!!] Sound Like Elvis / Vince Everett & Friends
1994SABAM SABAM 1000LPThe Rocking Jiving King, Vol. 3
1995Collectables (United States) 5627CDYou Don't Know What You Got Until You Lose It / Ral Donner
1997Popularity (Italy) P 5004CDWe All Wanna Sound Like Elvis
2000Buffalo Bop (Germany) Bb-CD 55095CDRockabilly Xmas
2001Castle Music (England) CD 043CDYou Don't Know What You've Got / The Ral Donner Anthology
2002Yeaah! (England) 18CDTeen Town USA, Vol. 3
2004Yeaah! (England) 509CDTeen Town USA, Vol. 9
2005Norton (United States) ED 312LPKicksville!, Vol. 3: Raw Rockabilly Acetates
2006Ace (England) CDCHD 1050CDGolden Age Of American Rock And Roll, Special Bubbling Under Edition
year?Classics (Sweden) CD 747CDThe Elvis Sound, Vol. 2
Club (Spain) 022LPGrab This And Dance, Vol. 22
Folkline (England) 274- 196CDHardcore Rockabilly, Vol. 3
Lesley [GR&RP]CDGone Rock & Roll Party
Rondo (Belgium) RLP 22436LPTaking Care Of Business / Ral Donner
Rondo (Belgium) 22437LPTaking Care Of Business, Vol. 2/ Ral Donner
Treasure LSP 1057LPThe Elvis Presley Sound Of Ral Donner


Acknowledgments:  Richard Baxter, Bear Family catalog, Both Sides Now, Bill Davis, Udo Frank, Toni Grundner, Frank Kramer, Gerd Miller, Michel Proost, R&B Indies, Mike Smyth, Peter Staehli, Lars Stromberg, Tapio Vaisanen, Bjorn Witlox


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