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Re: Ron Pearson and the Ron Dons at The Place

by Lost Fresno » Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:59 am

Let's give some the Cinderman some love here at Lost Fresno. An original Fresno band that cut some singles! And hey, they even knew Ron Pearson!

Re: Ron Pearson and the Ron Dons at The Place

by Bob barnard » Sun Apr 07, 2019 11:09 am

Ron lived next door to me. I remember his house being robbed . They took everything out of the house. I was the drummer for the cindermen at the time.

Re: Ron Pearson and the Ron Dons at The Place

by razor » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:17 pm

I think Ara also had a club on Maroa and Princeton. Lots of action in the early 70s. Dance contests on Wed nights.

Re: Ron Pearson and the Ron Dons at The Place

by gigi » Tue Mar 12, 2019 2:53 pm

Ron Pearson and the Ron Dons were huge locally in the 70's. After Ron closed "The Place" on Whitesbridge Avenue, he opened another smaller club on East Belmont called The Chateau. It had a waterfall in the front that was made from coral. I know because one Saturday night after walking out of the club with friends, I climbed on top of it and fell off. Shredded my leg. Oh the memories!! I read he passed away some years ago. Those were the days of Ara's Apartments at Weber and Clinton. Ara Arax owned it and it became a bit of a biker bar. Ara was a great gentleman and was murdered during a "robbery gone bad." His son Mark is an author and wrote a book about it called "In My Fathers Name." A great read if you remember those times. We had the best music!! I miss those days.
Click to Enlarge / Fresno Bee - March 4, 1969

Re: Ron Pearson and the Ron Dons at The Place

by EdC » Sat Oct 27, 2018 3:32 pm

I've turned up lots of 60s-70s Fresno music blogs in the past few days but I can't tell if any of them are still active. Love the comments. Ron Drioane was the drummer in the Chandells but I don't think he made the transition to the Children. If memory serves, (a questionable proposition) Tony Catino took over on drums. I played bass in a band with Ron and some of the former Shaymen a few years later.

Never was in group with him but I palled around with Stan Herzog for a year in college and took keyboard lessons from. Duane Scott. Those were great times, but from what I can tell from a distance Fresno has a pretty respectable music scene going nowadays too.

Re: Ron Pearson and the Ron Dons at The Place

by PatriceN » Wed Apr 11, 2018 6:12 pm

I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. I remember going to the Chateau even before we were 21. There was an older lady at the door we called her grandma and she always let us in. I remember one night in particular. My best friend hooked me up with her cousin who had just got out of the Pen. I was in love. I loved bad boys. I remember we went to the Chateau and I got drunk on Harvey Wallbangers. I really thought I was something because of who I was with, we had a long lasting relationship which turned into friendship. Uncortunatly he passed away last summer. We did have some good times.

Re: Ron Pearson and the Ron Dons at The Place

by Guest » Fri Jan 05, 2018 6:45 pm

I searched my dad Ron Pearson on Google and found this! It warms my heart to see that people remember him and talk about him. He was my everything. To the person who was sad to see his obituary...thank you. He truley was an amazing man and the best father. I miss him every day. I was born in 1969 and remember playing out in front of the Chateau and the Circle.
Click to Enlarge / Fresno Bee - Feb 1, 1972

Re: Ron Pearson and the Ron Dons at The Place

by Jeff Anderson » Thu Dec 22, 2016 12:43 pm

Hey, I love the thread. If you haven't heard, Dick Lee from the Lemoore band the Brymers has a wonderful website about all of this. He even has a Saturday radio show about it on Kool FM in hanford. Anyway, I was in a Kingsburg band in the 60's called the Sedate Sunshine Colony so I know of most of these bands.

RE: Ron Pearson and the Ron Dons at The Place

by Kathy lahanas » Sun Sep 06, 2015 5:52 pm

Ron Pearson died August 27, 2015. My girlfriend and I followed him all around Fresno in the 70s, dancing and enjoying his music!! Sorry to see his obituary today. Rock on Ron!

Re: Ron Pearson and the Ron Dons at The Place

by flwbdw » Sat Oct 19, 2013 11:20 pm

As noted by other Fresnens there were many clubs in the 60's. The two I would frequent most were Mag 7 and The Brogue. Mag was at the Rainbow Ballroom. Can't remember exactly where the Brogue was. The bands that played at Mag regularly were Roadrunners fronted by Randy? Hall. The Cindermen fronted by, I believe, Fred Perry, The Children,formally the Chandells? with Bruce Conte on bass, Steve Hertzog on lead guitar, Ron Drione on drums. Can't remember the member on rhythm guitar. The Children were later fronted by, I believe, Scott Kehoe. Rakes Progress had another name before changing it to the name of the 3 act Opera.

All of those bands were very good. The Roadrunners cut a single that that was played KYNO and the Cindermen recorded "Don't do it some more babe cause its hurts so good" that was played on KMAKe. Randy Hall did a great James Brown impersonation when playing Please Please. There were other bands that had some success in the Fresno clubs like The 6 o'Clock News Hour with the Russo brothers and others. Bruce Conte, of the Children went on to "Tower Of Power" and later to a successful solo career. This is from my memory and I hope some one will fill in some blanks or correct, if any, mistakes I made.