Ron Mael

Ron Mael  (born August 12, 1945) is an American musician, songwriter, composer and record producer.  Mael’s music career spans more than 50 years.  With his younger brother Russell, he formed the pop band Halfnelson in 1971.  After the release of their first album, the band name was changed to Sparks.  (More from Wikipedia)

The Giles Brothers later connected with the Dowland brothers in a band called the Dowland Brothers & the Soundtracks.  I suppose there have been other rock bands that featured two pairs of brothers in the line-up, but one doesn’t come to mind right away.  (Well, there is Sparks, originally known as Halfnelson, founded by the Mael brothersRon Mael and Russell Mael, and including the Mankey brothersEarle Mankey and Jim Mankey, on their first two albums).  The sound of these earliest recordings (from 1962) sound a lot like another set of brothers, the Everly Brothers.  Several of these songs were produced by the legendary Joe Meek, one of the most innovative figures in early British rock music; his best known recording is the instrumental “Telstar” by the Tornados (released in December 1962), the first rock song (and only the second record, period) by a British artist to reach the top of the American charts. 


(March 2013)
Last edited: April 3, 2021