b. Ronald Lawrence Victor, 26 December 1937, Hawkesbury, Ontario, Canada. Prophet, whose second cousin is Canadian country singer Orval Prophet, was raised on a farm but spent his adolescence playing clubs in Montreal. In the late 60s Ronnie, deciding that this Prophet needed more than honour in his own country, established himself at the Carousel Club in Nashville. With his comedy and impressions, he stood apart from other country performers. Chet Atkins called him ‘the greatest one-man show I’ve seen’ and Prophet himself comments, ‘I believe that if an audience goes to a live show, then they should get a live show. I’m irritated by artists who are walking jukeboxes.’ In truth, Prophet has not had enough country hits to be a walking juke-box, and he has only had five minor successes on the US country charts, including ‘Sanctuary’ (number 26) and ‘Shine On’ (number 36). His serious records resemble Conway Twitty at his most mannered. In 1978, Prophet was a major success in the UK at the Wembley Country Music Festival, which led to further appearances, UK tours and his own television programmes. In 1977 and 1978 he won the Juno Award for Country Male Vocalist Of The Year, and in 1984 the Canadian Country Music Association awards for Duo Of The Year with his wife Glory-Anne (b. 1947, Gravelbourg, Saskatchewan, Canada) and Entertainer Of The Year. In 1999 he was inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame.
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