RON McMUNN (1986 Inductee)

Ron McMunn ("The Silver Fox") was born in 1932 in Clayton, Ontario. Life on the family farm always included music, as Ron’s mother and father were both accomplished musicians. Working the farm left time for practice, and Ron became proficient on the harmonica, fiddle and rhythm guitar.

At a young age, Ron joined the popular group, Charlie Finner and the Hay Shakers, where he learned the art of calling squares. While working "excursions" on Regina area farms, Ron performed with Ollie and the Playmates. Returning to the East in 1954, Ron formed the Country Cousins and was soon performing every Saturday over CJET radio in Smiths Falls, a show that was to continue for thirteen years. This live, unrehearsed program became the vehicle that took Ron and the Country Cousins to the forefront of local country venues.

In 1972, Ron and his group toured Eastern Canada with Wilf Carter and opened for the Earl Scruggs Review. An encore set at Ottawa’s National Arts Center witnessed the introduction of what was to become Ron’s signature song, "Reserve Me A Table". The song, penned by Ron and his sons, Jamie and Jeff, was their ticket to a Nashville recording session produced by friend and associate "Uncle" Josh Graves.

As well as Canadian tours and appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and the Wheeling Jamboree, Ron has maintained an exhausting schedule of performances at home in the Ottawa Valley and has recorded on Snocan, Rodeo and Foxland. Ron has been an inspiration and advisor to many young talents and, with a half century of entertaining millions of fans. Sadly, Ron passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2007.

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