Ral Donner (February 10, 1943 – April 6, 1984) was an early American rock and roll musician. He scored several pop hits in the US in the early 1960s, and had a voice similar to Elvis Presley's. His best known song is his 1961 top ten hit, "You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)".
Ralph Stuart Donner was born in Chicago, and sang in church as a child. He sang in local talent shows as a teen, and formed two of his own bands, the Rockin' Five and the Gents, in high school. The Rockin' Five played with Sammy Davis, Jr. on Chicago television at one point in the late 1950s. In 1959, he appeared on Alan Freed's Big Beat program, and released a single with The Gents; soon after, the Gents toured with The Sparkletones.
Donner recorded a cover of Presley's "The Girl of My Best Friend", along with a backing band called The Starfires. After being picked up by Gone Records, Donner re-recorded and rereleased the tune, which became a nationwide hit; some listeners even thought that the cover was in fact Elvis himself. His next single, "You Don't Know What You've Got (Until You Lose It)", became his biggest, and only Top Ten, hit on the Billboard chart in the United States, peaking at #4. The track peaked at #25 in the UK Singles Chart in 1961. He managed a few more hits, the last of which was in 1962.
In the mid-1960s, Donner recorded for Reprise Records and Red Bird Records, but saw little further success. He played little in the 1970s, recording occasionally, but saw some rekindled interest in his music after Presley's death. In 1981, he was asked to narrate Presley's voice in the film, This Is Elvis. Donner died of lung cancer on April 6, 1984. Donner was cited by Robert Plant as an influence at the 1995 induction of Led Zeppelin into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Ral Donner never was the big star like Elvis and the others weather it was bad managment or what i Don't know but this is a singer who should have been a lot bigger than he was and is a Truly Great Singer and should be Rated along side The biggest Stars of the Time A True Great and in My Eyes A true Legend who Was very Overlooked. Ralph Stuart Donner an artist who never really got the acclaim he deserved. Here i Give You the biggest post so far with 11 Tracks from a True Legend.