Ron Hynes was born on December 7, 1950, and died on November 19, 2015.
He was a popular folk singer-songwriter from Newfoundland.
Ron was especially known for his composition “Sonny’s Dream,” which has been recorded worldwide by many artists and was named the 41st greatest Canadian song of all time in the 2005 CBC Radio One series 50 Tracks: The Canadian Version.
Ron was born in St. John’s in December 1950, and raised in Ferryland.
He was a founding member of The Wonderful Grand Band, one of Newfoundland’s most popular performing groups, and has released seven solo albums.
His debut album, Discovery, released in 1972, was the first album composed of totally original content by a Newfoundland artist.
Ron is a seven-time East Coast Music Awards winner, and past Juno and Canadian Country Music Awards nominee.
He was named Artist of the Year (’92) and was presented with the prestigious Arts Achievement Award (2004) by the Newfoundland/Labrador Arts Council.
In 2002, Ron received an honorary Doctor of Letters from Memorial University in St. John’s in recognition of his original song writing and his contribution to the cultural heritage of Newfoundland.
In 2006, Ron was honoured as the recipient of the St. John’s Folk Arts Council’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
Ron passed away at age 64 in November 2015.