Born in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Ralph Conrod began playing the guitar at
the age of 6 years and as a young teenager made his first public appearance
at the Beech Hill Dance Hall with Roy Currie.
In 1971, by the time Ralph was 31 years of age, he won a silver trophy at a
talent competition sponsored by CHFX FM in his home city. This was
followed shortly thereafter by a gold trophy also sponsored by CHFX FM.
That same year, in 1971, Ralph formed his first band known as “Ralph
Conrod and the Wranglers”. They were one of the many bands to entertain
at The Harbour Lights Lounge in Halifax, which was known, at that time, as
the largest and most modern night spot on the east coast.
In 1973 he recorded his first album entitled “Down East Country” and the
following year, in 1974, he recorded a second album entitled “Country
Memories”. Both albums were recorded on Marathon Records.
In 1976 Ralph was pleased to be part of a country music spectacular held in
a local high school in Dartmouth where he performed along with several
other well known country music artists of the day with over 1000 people in
attendance for the show.
A very professional, well-liked performer with a great stage presence and a
flair for entertaining, Ralph became known for his ability to yodel and went
on to form a band called “Country Fever” performing all over Canada -
extensively in the Halifax area, at most of the country hot spots and
throughout parts of the USA.
Over the years, Ralph shared billings with Charlie Pride, Anne Murray,
Stompin’ Tom, Tom T. Hall, Ian Tyson and Ned Landry among others.
Ralph died in 2019 at the age of 78.