Canadian Recording and TV Star Ronnie Prophet Dies at 80

Canadian country music star Ronnie Prophet died Friday (March 2) at his home in Florida at the age of 80. A comic and TV host as well as a recording artist, Prophet routinely appeared alongside such TV personalities as Danny Thomas and Perry Como in Las Vegas during the 1970s.

Ronald Lawrence Victor Prophet was born in Calmut, Quebec on Dec. 26, 1938. After performing in and around his home territory, he moved to Florida in 1966. Then it was on to Nashville where he became a regular at Boots Randolph’s Carousel Club. He was so popular there that the venue was eventually named Ronnie Prophet’s Carousel Club.

He made his Canadian TV debut on The Tommy Hunter Show in the early 1970s. Later he would host his own show on CBC that ran from 1973 until 1981. Among his other TV shows were Grand Old Country, Rocky Mountain Inn and Ronnie Prophet Entertains on BBC-TV.

Prophet signed with RCA Records in 1975 and charted five singles over the next two years, the most successful of which was “Sanctuary.” It rose to No. 26.

In spite of his modest recording achievements, Prophet continued to guest on several major TV shows, including Nashville Now, The Mike Douglas Show and Hee Haw.

In Canada, he won the Juno award for male vocalist of the year in 1977 and 1978 and entertainer of the year in 1984.

Funeral arrangements have not been announced.

Edward Morris is a veteran of country music journalism. He lives in Nashville, Tennessee, and is a frequent contributor to CMT.com.