Ronald “Ronnie” Dyson (June 5, 1950 — November 10, 1990) was an American singer and actor.
At just 18 years of age, he won lead part in the Broadway production of Hair, debuting in New York in 1968. Dyson became an iconic voice of the 1960s with the lead vocal in the show’s anthem of the hippie era, “Aquarius.” It is Dyson’s voice leading off the song and opening the show with the famous lyric “When the Moon is in the seventh house, and Jupiter aligns with Mars…”
After Hair, Dyson pursued his stage career with a role in Salvation in 1970. His recording of a song from the Salvation score, “(If You Let Me Make Love to You Then) Why Can’t I Touch You?”, successfully launched his record career, breaking into the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, peaking at #8 in 1970. The follow-up, “I Don’t Wanna Cry,” was a strong R&B seller, climbing to #9.
His acting and singing career had begun to stall in the late 1970s due to ill health, and it was in 1983 that Dyson appeared on the R&B chart for the last time on Cotillion with All Over Your Face. His final solo recording was See The Clown in 1990. Dyson died at the age of 40 from heart failure in late 1990, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Why Can’t I Touch You?
Girl Don’t Come