Stampeders bassist Ronnie King dead at 76

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Stampeders bassist Ronnie King dead at 76

Postby radiofan » Tue Mar 05, 2024 1:41 pm

Stampeders bassist Ronnie King dead at 76; musician co-founded one of Calgary's most successful bands
Eric Volmers Calgary Herald Published Mar 05, 2024

Long-time Stampeders bassist and co-founder Ronnie King has died.

The death was announced on the band’s Facebook page on Tuesday morning by drummer Kim Berly.

“It is with sadness and love that we must announce the passing of our longtime friend and band mate Cornelis Van Sprang, known to most as Ronnie King,” the message read. “Ronnie died yesterday at the Peter Lougheed Hospital in Calgary. The sudden drastic turn in his health took us all by surprise. As little as three weeks ago he was looking forward to doing one final tour with The Stampeders and was in a positive and optimistic state of mind. Sadly, it was not to be.”

King was a founding member of The Stampeders, one of the city’s most successful bands. King, Berly and Rich Dodson co-founded the band in 1966, initially as a six-piece act, and reluctantly took on the name The Stampeders at the suggestion of their manager. The band left Calgary for Toronto shortly after forming. Eventually, the act would score a number of hits, including Sweet City Woman in 1971.

The band became one of Canada’s most successful acts in the mid-1970s.

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