Ronnie Williams played his first professional
music gig at age sixteen, backing R&B sax man Johnny London on
Beale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. He soon became a regular on
the local soul scene, while going on to pursue a music degree at
the University of Memphis. Ronnie’s impressive keyboard work
drew the attention of artists, producers, and songwriters at
Stax Records whenever they happened to hear him at popular night
spots around town. It was a natural transition, then, for Ronnie
to become a member of the Stax family.
At Stax, Ronnie played on, wrote, and/or produced dozens of
notable tracks. The list reads like a Who’s Who in Soul – Rufus
Thomas, Carla Thomas, David Porter, Sir Mack Rice, the Bar-Kays,
Johnnie Taylor, the Staple Singers, Jonny London & the Rockets,
the Rance Allen Group, Ben Cauley, to name just a few.
In recent years Ronnie has often performed live as one of the
founding members of the Bo-Keys, an all star section of Stax
sidemen - Ronnie Williams on Hammond B-3 organ; drummer Willie
Hall (the Bar- Kays, the Blues Brothers), guitarist Charles
“Skip” Pitts (Isaac Hayes), garage rock bass prodigy Scott
Bomar (Impala, Hustle & Flo, plus a horn section headed by
world renown sax man Jim Spake (Levon
Helm, Jerry Lee Lewis, Brenda Lee, etc.).