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Ron Records New Orleans Ringer T-Shirt 

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This is a Bluescentric Brand ringer tee, available in comfortable sizes up to 2XL. The material is 4.3 oz 100% combed ringspun cotton fine jersey. It features side seams and contrasting 1x1 baby rib binded collar and sleeves. 

The design reads, "Ron Records", "Established 1959", "New Orleans, Louisiana". The design mirrors the style that Ron Records used on its vinyl record labels. 

Founded in 1959, Ron Records had all the pieces it would take to achieve (and certainly surpass) the mystical level of "New Orleans famous". They were founded in the historic Storyville neighborhood, Dr. John was the label president, and endless amounts of raw, untapped talent walked the streets of New Orleans -- ripe for the opportunity to show the world what New Orleans sounded like.

Ron recorded a number of people who would become known as New Orleans' greatest talents, including Irma Thomas, Professor Longhair & Bobby Mitchell. Irma' first hit, "(You Can Have My Husband but) Don't Mess with My Man" was on Ron, as was the now-ubiquitous New Orleans anthem, Professor Longhair's "Go To The Mardi Gras".

With a string of releases that were hitting on a national scale, the label was on the verge of rising to truly great things when Ruffino suffered an unexpected heart attack and died in 1961. It effectively ended Ron's short but truly impressive reign. 

Ron's closure was the first of several times over several decades that the world at large was almost blessed with discovering the genius piano player Professor Longhair. Later, Atlantic Records' founder Ahmet Ertegun tried to sign Fess -- only to be informed Fess had signed a smaller contract months' before. Decades later, Fess was ready to open a national tour for The Clash to promote his upcoming comeback album "Crawfish Fiesta" on Alligator Records. Shortly before the tour or album's 1980 release, Fess died of a heart attack in his sleep. Nonetheless, "Crawfish Fiesta" became a national hit, winning the Blues Music Award
Album of the Year. Finally, Professor Longhair's place in the parthenon of musical genius was solidified -- even in spite of his absence.