| Ventura, California|
| 8 November 1929 (1929-11-08) New York, USA|
Ronald Hargrave, Ronald J Hargrave
Ukulele Player, Famous Songwriter for Jerry Lee Lewis
Bob Gallion, Buck Griffin, Bernie Early, Cecil Campbell, Andy Starr
California, United States
Ron Hargrave Wikipedia
Ronald J. "Ron" Hargrave (born November 8, 1929) is a well renowned ukulele player and actor from the 1950s era, who has become an icon to the Rockabilly fan base. He co-wrote music for Jerry Lee Lewis and was also identified as a billboard star musician in Japan with many singles. He currently resides in Ventura, California where he visits small shops and locations to play the ukulele for small impromptu crowds.
Ron Hargrave was raised in the Bronx to Vaudeville performers directly after the big Wall Street Crash of 1929. His family, trying to avert disaster, moved to Hollywood, California in 1936, where they settled and he began his lifelong career choices for the entertainment industry.
He entered into military life right at the start of his acting and musical career. During his military service time he met up with the daughter of Lou Costello which started him off in the film industry.
He moved to Ventura County, California where he resides near his daughter and continues to play music for small clubs and small audiences. He often surprises the downtown shop owners, small restaurant owners with impromptu visits where he plays his ukulele for passerby.
Ron Hargrave, after hanging out with Costello's daughter, met with Abbott and Costello and eventually was managed by Lou Costello in one film, "Dance With Me Henry", released in 1956. He began writing songs and was introduced to Jerry Lee Lewis where he co-wrote High School Confidential (Jerry Lee Lewis song) and wrote "Latch On" and other movie songs.
He was also a boxer and his swagger in Costello's movie earmarked him as one of the first on-screen rock and roll actors, in an era that had not yet adjusted to the young attitude of Elvis Presley or Jerry Lee Lewis.