Ron Malo

Ron Malo

Real Name:
Ronald Clements Malo
He has worked at Ter Mar Studios, Chicago, Illinois.
He was born August 29 1935 in Illinois.
He died on 15 August 1992 in Burbank, California.


Ron Malo Discography Tracks


LPS-10053 The Fantastic Violinaires* The Fantastic Violinaires* - In Concert(LP, Album) Checker LPS-10053 US 1968 Sell This Version
ST-637 Joe South Joe South - So The Seeds Are Growing(LP, Album) Capitol Records ST-637 US 1971 Sell This Version
Maxine Nightingale Love Or Let Me Be Lonely Maxine Nightingale - Night Life (Album) United Artists Records Germany 1977 Sell This Version
American Flyer American Flyer - Spirit Of A Woman (Album) United Artists Records US 1977 Sell This Version
TVLP 78040 Don Ho Don Ho - Hawaiian 30 Favorites(2xLP) Precision Records TVLP 78040 Canada 1979 Sell This Version

Instruments & Performance

Alex Harvey (2) Alex Harvey (2) - True Love (Album) Capitol Records US 1973 Sell This Version
Kenny Rankin Kenny Rankin - Sunday Kind Of Love / Inside Little David Records US 1975 Sell This Version
CDCBS 32035 Billy Joel Billy Joel - Streetlife Serenade(CD, Album) CBS, Family Productions CDCBS 32035 Europe Unknown Sell This Version

Writing & Arrangement

5584 Tommy T's Federal Reserve Tommy T's Federal Reserve - Take The Midnight Train / Grow Up Someday(7") Cadet Records 5584 US 1968 Sell This Version
Billy Joel Billy Joel - The Entertainer / The Mexican Connection (Single) Columbia US 1974 Sell This Version
VSCD-3346 Carl Graves Carl Graves - Carl Graves(CD, Album, RE, RM, Pap) Vivid Sound VSCD-3346 Japan 2006 Sell This Version
Billy Joel The Entertainer Billy Joel - Piano Man / The Entertainer (Single) Columbia Canada Unknown Sell This Version


Red Holt Red Holt - Look Out!! Look Out!! (Album) Argo (6) US 1962 Sell This Version
The Buckinghams The Buckinghams - I Call Your Name / Makin' Up And Breakin' Up (Single) USA Records (2) US 1966 Sell This Version
ST-1204 The New Colony Six The New Colony Six - (The Ballad Of The) Wingbat Marmaduke / The Power Of Love(7", Promo) Sentar ST-1204 US 1967 Sell This Version
The Buckinghams The Buckinghams - Lawdy Miss Clawdy / I Call Your Name (Single) USA Records (2) US 1967 Sell This Version
New Colony Six* New Colony Six* - Love You So Much / Let Me Love You (Single) Sentar Canada 1967 Sell This Version
Buddy Guy Buddy Guy - Left My Blues In San Francisco (Album) Chess US 1968 Sell This Version
5584 Tommy T's Federal Reserve Tommy T's Federal Reserve - Take The Midnight Train / Grow Up Someday(7") Cadet Records 5584 US 1968 Sell This Version
Bruford Bruford - Gradually Going Tornado (Album) EG US 1980 Sell This Version
Wayne Johnson* Wayne Johnson* - Arrowhead (Album) Inner City Records US 1980 Sell This Version
Bill Bruford Bill Bruford - Master Strokes 1978-1985 (Comp) EG US 1986 Sell This Version
The Mavericks The Mavericks - Super Colossal Smash Hits Of The 90's: The Best Of The Mavericks (Comp) Mercury US 1999 Sell This Version
none The Daughters Of Eve The Daughters Of Eve - Hey Lover / Stand By Me(7", Single, Promo) USA Records (2) none US Unknown Sell This Version


Ahmad Jamal Trio Ahmad Jamal Trio - Ahmad Jamal At The Pershing / But Not For Me (Album) Argo (6), Argo (6) US 1958 Sell This Version


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November 3, 2009
In 1958, Chess took over the studio directly and hired Malcolm Chisholm, who had been the engineer for a considerable number of recordings for Chess when the company was recording at Universal, as sound engineer. When he left, he was replaced in 1960 by Ron Malo, who stayed with the studio until its demise in 1975. Malo upgraded the studio and ran the sound into dual echo chambers in the basement. Almost all the Chess artists were recorded with echo, sometimes to excess. Among the legendary blues and rock ’n’ roll artists recorded in this studio were Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. The company also built an impressive jazz series, and recorded such artists as the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Ahmad Jamal and Sonny Stitt.

Malo supervised the engineering at recording sessions for most of the company’s artists, which by the 1960s meant primarily soul artists: Etta James, the Dells and Billy Stewart, for example. Malo was also the engineer for many sessions with outside artists. In June 1964, for example, the Rolling Stones, seeking to emulate the sound of their legendary blues heroes, came to Chicago to record at the Chess studio; the studio produced half of the tracks on their LP, 12X5, one of the songs on which was titled in tribute ‘2120 South Michigan Avenue.’ The Rolling Stones subsequently recorded about 20 more tracks at Chess during 1964-65, and in 1965 the Yardbirds record ‘I’m a Man’ there. By 1965, the studio had changed its name to Ter-Mar Recording Studio.
Andrew Oldham) didn't know anything about blues. The cat who really got it together was Ron Malo, the engineer for Chess. He had been on all the original sessions. We did Confessin' the Blues, Down the Road Apiece and It's All Over Now.
- Mick Jagger, 1968
The methods of recording in England and America were completely different. The only people you could use over here were Bill Fowley at Regent Sound and Glyn Johns, if you could get hold of him. The big trouble with recording in England was that for a rock group the studio acoustics were so bad because you couldn't play loud. When we recorded at the Chess Studios in Chicago, we had Ron (Malo), the guy who engineered all the Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley and Howlin' Wolf records. He knew exactly what we wanted and he got it almost instantly.
- Bill Wyman, 1972
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Died: Aug 14, 1992 in Los Angeles, CA