“Sonny’s Dream” & ” The St. John’s Waltz” by Ron Hynes

I am sharing with you today some of Newfoundland & Labrador’s Musical history. “Sonny’s Dream” & ” The St. John’s Waltz” by Ron Hynes are very meaningful songs for me but the man, Ron Hynes, was even more important to me and my life. He was a beautiful soul who passed away too early in life…

I hope you enjoy his music as much as I do!

I knew this man, he was a part of my childhood, and we kept in touch sporadically in my adult years. I will never forget what he did for my Grandmother, as she was a big fan of his. Off and on over the years growing up in Corner Brook, I would get Uncle Ron, as I called him, to go visit her with me and he would bring his guitar and play for her. The last time he did this, she was in the hospital and it became a mini-concert in the Community Room on the floor she was on. He made all the patients, and nurses, day but especially my Grandmother, the one I am named after. I still cry when I think of that day and how happy she was watching Uncle Ron and listening to his music. She passed away just over a year later…

I was speaking with this man through Messenger a couple of weeks before he died, catching up as we hadn’t spoken in a while then. I kept the messages from my old Facebook and will always treasure the interactions I had with him over the years. He was a big part of my life, as the man and the entertainer.

Ron Hynes was also part of the Wonderful Grand Band, a TV show that ran from 1980-1983, which was hilarious! (link to a show on YouTube below)

The Wonderful Grand Band, Newfoundland’s tremendously popular trad-rock band from the 1980s was conceived in 1977 for The Root Seller, a six-part mini-series produced by CBC St John’s. The show was written by Codco alumni Greg Malone, Mary Walsh and White and hosted by Greg Malone and Mary Walsh as Mr and Mrs Budgell, characters from the CODCO stage shows. The Root Seller had special weekly guests including Emile Benoit, Rufus Guinchard, Minnie White, Cathy Jones, and Jimmy Oulton. It was an instant local favourite but only two of these shows, with special guests Minnie White and Emile Benoit, survived at the CBC.” https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1454600/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u92x4WwzmkQ

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