Ramsey, Willis Alan

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Ramsey, Willis Alan Gender: M
born on 5 March 1951 at 19:20 (= 7:20 PM )
Place Birmingham AL, USA, 33n31, 86w48
Timezone CST h6w (is standard time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 14°40' s_mo.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 21°42 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 05°14'

Willis Alan Ramsey
photo: Ron Baker (http://www.flickr.com/photos/kingsnake), license cc-by-sa-3.0


American popular country-western singer and songwriter; his first and only album, "The Willis Alan Ramsey Album" came out 12/05/1976, produced by Shelter records. He traveled from 1980-82 on tours.

Ramsey was raised in Dallas by his Georgia-native parents. He moved to Austin when he graduated from high school, tinkering with the guitar. In the late ’60s and early ’70s, Ramsey was a regular on the Texas coffeehouse folk circuit. He heard that Leon Russell and Gregg Allman were in town playing a festival and staying at the same Austin hotel, managing to get both artists to listen to his songs. Both Russell and the Allmans came up with recording offers and Ramsey opted to go with Russell and his Shelter label to get to Los Angeles.

In 1976, Ramsey cut his first and only record for Shelter. The self-titled debut sold modestly, but it made a powerful impact on the Texas music scene. Several major recording artists over the years have recorded Ramsey’s songs.

He worked a great deal in the ’70s, then had a falling out with one of the Shelter executives and sat out eight years of his record contract. By that time, it was 1980 and he had been all but forgotten. He bought some synthesizers and tried to make some music, but quickly found that there was no place for a shy, sensitive songwriter in the "urban cowboy" '80s.

Since then, Ramsey has been writing and performing, but has not recorded anything. He sang on two Lyle Lovett records in the '90s. Koch Records reissued "Willis Alan Ramsey" on CD, and the record has begun to find a fresh audience.

Ramsey lived in New York and Los Angeles, London and Scotland. He met and married singing songwriter Alison Rogers in the late ‘70s and started a family. They divorced in the ‘80s.

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  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 5 December 1976 (The Willis Alan Ramsey Album)
    chart Placidus Equal_H.
  • Work : Begin Major Project 1980 (Began touring, two years)
  • Work : Lose social status 1980 (Unsuccessful comeback)

Source Notes

Lynn Rodden quotes him, family records, 8/1982


  • Family : Relationship : Number of Divorces (One)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Travel for work (Tours 1980-82)
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Country-Western
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer
  • Vocation : Entertain/Music : Vocalist/ Pop, Rock, etc.
  • Notable : Book Collection : Culture Collection