Ronnie Butler was born August 17th, 1973 in New Providence and first entered the music business at the age of 16 while simultaneously working in construction.
He later joined the group King Eric and his Knights where he established himself as an entertainer. After six years, he left to form his own group, Ronnie and the Ramblers, which flourished for 17 years.
Ronnie and the Ramblers performed nightly at the Big Bamboo, which was an underground club on Bay Street. From there, Butler went work in The Rum Keg Room of the Nassau Beach Hotel. He then took a year off and traveled to Washington DC, when he performed in a club known as Alfio’s.
Butler returned to the Nassau Beach Hotel in the Out Island Bar in 1971, around which time he recorded the smash hits “Burma Road”, “Crow Calypso “, “Native Woman”, and “Bahama Rock”. All of these songs were featured on the album titled “Burma Road”.
In September of 1973, Butler started performing in Ronnie’s Rebel Room, where he remained for ten years. It was during the transition from the Nassau Beach hotel and Ronnie’s Rebel Room that Butler recorded most of his records with Eddie Minnis as well as those recorded on his own. He then went on to perform in the Tradewinds Lounge on Paradise Island. He continued to perform there until January 1990.
The Bahamas Guild of Artist’ Association has acknowledged Butler as one of its top five vocalists who have achieved international acclaim during their musical careers. The icons most famous hit to date is “Burma Road”, which he wrote in 1967. He has sung calypso, rock, bluegrass, funk, and popular love songs in order to gain mass international appeal. “Burma Road” was one of his best-selling albums.
Butler achieved much success and longevity in his career and most recently his single, “Married Man”, was featured in American director and producer Tyler Perry’s, “Why Did I Get Married Too?” which was shot in The Bahamas. Butler received many awards for his contribution to the growth and development of his community, including a Cacique Award, Bahamas Icon Award and was given the Queen’s Honour of Member of the Most Excellent Order of The British Empire (MBE) in 2003 for service to the music and entertainment industry.
He is survived by five children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, his mother Roslyn Davis, sister Rhoda and brother Fred.