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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

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 
(pressed by RCA)
Pertinent Label shot Song sample That's All Right With Me — Ral Donner 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 Label shot Song sample Tell Me Why — Ral Donner 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  Borderline Label shot Song sample Girl Of My Best Friend — Ral Donner & The Starfires 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 Label shot Song sample It's Been A Long Time — Ral Donner & The Starfires 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  No rating Label shot And Then — Ral Donner G-780  
    No rating Label shot To Love — Ral Donner G-779 Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#28)
1961/June
(Bb est.)
Gone (N.Y.)  5108  Borderline Label shot Song sample You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It) — Ral Donner 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 Label shot Song sample So Close To Heaven — Ral Donner 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  Borderline Label shot Song sample I Didn't Figure On Him (To Come Back) — Ral Donner 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 Label shot Song sample Please Don't Go — Ral Donner 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  Borderline Label shot Song sample School Of Heartbreakers — Ral Donner 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 Label shot Because We're Young — Ral Donner G-833  
1961/Dec. 4
Bb pop rev.
Gone (N.Y.)  5121  Borderline Label shot Song sample She's Everything (I Wanted You To Be) — Ral Donner 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 Label shot Song sample Because We're Young — Ral Donner G-833 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#19)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#27)
1962/Mar. 10
Bb pop rev.
Gone (N.Y.)  5125  Borderline Label shot Song sample Will You Love Me In Heaven — Ral Donner 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 Label shot Song sample ( What A Sad Way) To Love Someone — Ral Donner 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  Borderline Label shot Song sample Bells Of Love — Ral Donner 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 Label shot Song sample Loveless Life — Ral Donner 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  Borderline Label shot Song sample Sweetheart — Ral Donner 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 Label shot Song sample To Love — Ral Donner 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 
(pressed by Monarch)
No rating Label shot Second Miracle (Of Christmas) — Ral Donner 1548 Δ45737 Bullet Treasure LP 1057 (#10)
    No rating Label shot Song sample ( Things That Make Up) Christmas Day — Ral Donner 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  Cover shot Borderline Label shot Song sample I Got Burned — Ral Donner 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 Label shot A Tear In My Eye — Ral Donner 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  No rating Label shot I Wish This Night Would Never End — Ral Donner / Arranged And Conducted By Jack Nitzsche 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 Label shot Don't Put Your Heart In His Hand — Ral Donner / Arranged And Conducted By Jack Nitzsche 1923 Bullet Rondo LP 22437 (#3)
Bullet Treasure LP 1057 (#12)
1963/May
rel. no. code
Tau (Fla.)  105  Borderline Label shot Song sample Loneliness Of A Star — Ral Donner With The Starfires 6305144 Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#28)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#11)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#39)
Bullet Yeaah! CD 18 (#9)
    Borderline Label shot Song sample And Then — Ral Donner With The Starfires 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  Non-pertinent Label shot Run Little Linda — Ral Donner 2118 Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#15)
Bullet Gone CD 5101 (#20)
Bullet Request CD 13504 (#27)
    Non-pertinent Label shot Beyond The Heartbreak (But Still In Love) — Ral Donner 2119 Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#16)
Bullet Rondo LP 22437 (#1)
1964-65
(Bb est.)
Fontana (Ill.) F-1502  No rating Label shot Poison Ivy League — Ral Donner 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 Label shot You Finally Said Something Good — Ral Donner YW1-34794 Bullet Firestar LP 1010 (#18)
1965
(Bb est.)
Fontana (Ill.) F-1515  No rating Label shot Good Lovin' — Ral Donner YW1-34774  
    No rating Label shot The Other Side Of Me — Ral Donner YW1-34793  
Original LPs
1961
(BSN est.)
Gone (N.Y.)  5012  Cover shot
Takin' Care Of Business [mono]
Pertinent Label shot Song sample Turn Back The Clock — Ral Donner 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 Song sample Lonely Star — Ral Donner 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 Song sample With You Now — Ral Donner A Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#11)
Bullet Gone LP 5033 (#8)
Bullet Rondo LP 22436 (#5)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#19)
    Borderline Song sample Nine Times Out Of Ten — Ral Donner 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 Song sample I Don't Need You — Ral Donner A Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#13)
Bullet Rondo LP 22436 (#7)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#22)
Bullet Treasure LP 1057 (#14)
    No rating Label shot School Of Heartbreakers — Ral Donner B  
    No rating Please Don't Go — Ral Donner B  
    Borderline Song sample She's My Baby — Ral Donner   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 Song sample Your Skies Of Blue (Will Turn Grey On You) — Ral Donner B Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#16)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#11)
Bullet Rondo LP 22436 (#12)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#26)
    Pertinent Song sample For Love Nor Money — Ral Donner 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 Song sample Pray For Me — Ral Donner   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 Tracks
 
 
[unissued]  uniss.  Pertinent Song sample Creampuff — Ral Donner   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 Song sample Half Heaven, Half Heartache — Ral Donner   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 Song sample Juarez — Ral Donner   Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#53)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#28)
    Pertinent Song sample Little Miss Heartbreak — Ral Donner   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 Song sample Night Owl — Ral Donner   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 Song sample Puddle Of Tears — Ral Donner   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 Song sample Silver And Gold — Ral Donner   Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#54)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#30)
    Pertinent Song sample Standing Here — Ral Donner   Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#45)
Bullet Pye LP 28269 (#16)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#4)
    Pertinent Song sample Tears Of Misery — Ral Donner   Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#52)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#15)
    Borderline Song sample You Haven't Lived Until You've Loved — Ral Donner   Bullet Castle Music CD 043 (#50)
Bullet Sequel CD 190 (#12)
Need Information
 
 
[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)

Notes:


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, Peter Staehli, Lars Stromberg, Tapio Vaisanen, Bjorn Witlox


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