Missing Ronnie Barron

Ah, Ronnie Barron, what a great musician he was, and a great guy. This photograph would have been in Everybody I Shot Is Dead, if it wasn't a single frame in a Chuck E. Weiss (still alive and playing amazing) roll of film. This photo was taken at the Troubadour a year or two after I shot Ronnie in Vancouver when he was playing with Paul Butterfield Better Days. And then I ran into him again when he was playing with John Mayall and I was working on Starart.


10/9/43 - 3/20/97

Not a lot to grab from YouTube. This video looks like crap but Ronnie's talent breaks through just fine...


Ronnie Barron is one of 48 musicians I honor in my book, Everybody I Shot Is Dead.  

Ronnie Barron

Today I am remembering Ronnie Barron. I caught this picture of him when he was touring with Paul Butterfield's Better Days band. He was also playing with John Mayall so I saw him around when I was working with John on my Starart book.


10/9/43 - 3/20/97

It's hard finding Ronnie Barron videos...this isn't the best image quality but the music is great. Fast forward to the 1:20 mark if you want to skip the introductions.


Chuck E. Weiss

Another set of black and white negatives has been opened. The neg envelope says "184 - Eric Carmen" but I found so much more. I somehow managed to shoot three musicians, three different nights, on one roll of film. And that's only 36 frames, potentially giving me 12 frames each. I took 10 photos of Eric Carmen, 15 photos of Andrew Gold (who I will highlight tomorrow), and 12 of Chuck E. Weiss. Oops that's 39 frames...I was always really good at getting the most out of a roll of film. I'm just wondering why I called the roll Eric Carmen since he has the least number of photos. He was the last one on the roll so I think I was paid to shoot him and I have another roll kicking around that also has backstage pics. May post some pics of him when I come across the other shots.

The surprise on this roll of film - there's always a surprise - was the last frame of Chuck E's. He was the first one on the roll and when I got to frame 12 I couldn't believe it. I actually had to message Sir Weiss to ask him if this other guy had ever played with him or whether this other guy had a twin. He verified it was indeed the musician I thought it was. Damn. I really wish I had gone through all my negatives one-by-one when I was creating Everybody I Shot Is Dead because I could have added this photograph to his section. I was not happy that I only had one photo to represent him in the book. And this one is such a beautiful and happy photograph of both of them. Today, I am happy to unveil this special photograph for the first time. Chuck E. Weiss with the late, great Ronnie Barron. This and the other never-before-seen photographs in this post were shot at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in March, 1976.


Lastly, for those of you who missed out on the short film I made of Chuck E. Weiss and released last summer, hit the play button....