Beloved Country Singer & TV Host Dead At 80

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For decades he was a treasured part of the country music scene and made regular appearances on iconic television shows like Hee Haw, Grand Ole Country, Country Roads, and even had his very own variety show, The Ronnie Prophet Show.

From his very first single release in 1973 through his induction into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999, Ronnie Prophet was a legendary singer that held his own in the rapidly changing country music scene.

Prophet first rose to prominence in the 1970s and had a seemingly endless string of hits across the Canadian charts, while also charting songs in the United States. Prophet moved to Nashville in 1969 to pursue his career as a country singer and quickly found success, later taking over a nightclub that he called “Ronnie Prophet’s Carousel Club.”

His TV show, The Ronnie Prophet Show, was broadcast mainly in Canada on CBC-TV and featured a massive list of iconic performers like Crystal Gayle, Dolly Parton, Hank Williams Jr., Don Everly, and even George Jones.

Beyond his own success as a variety show host, Prophet also made regular appearances on other TV shows, including Hee Haw.

On Friday, March 2nd 2018, Ronnie Prophet passed away from cardiac and kidney failure.

His wife and fellow country music singer, Glory-Anne Prophet, penned a heartfelt message and shared it with his fans on Facebook.

Read Glory-Anne’s beautiful message below and watch one of Prophet’s unforgettable performances with Mel Tillis as well.