‘The King Of The Teds’

Figure 1: Thomas (Gino) Charalambous, Steve Golly, Ron Staples, Norman Mascot, Rob and Del outside the Black Raven in Bishopgate in 1974 (The Edwardian Teddy Boy)

Ron Staples-Fahey ‘Sunglasses Ron’ became known as the self appointed ‘King of the Teds’. He originated from Newport, Wales in 1944 just a couple years before the Teddy Boys arose. He moved to London in the early 70’s and soon became one of central London’s most famous Teddy boy. When Ron arrived in London no one believed that this welsh guy would have been a Ted in the 50’s, until he rocked up to the Black Raven in full Teddy boy attire to prove his teddy-boy-ship!

Figure 2: ‘Sunglasses Ron’ posing in full teddy by attire (The Edwardian Teddy Boy)

Black drapes, shirt and drainpipe trousers teddy boy essentials but Ron added his staple sunglasses for the extra flair.

The Teddy Boy subculture was born in the 1940’s early 1950’s following the war. Those postwar youngster had an abundance of money in contrast to the war years of rationing and make do and mend. They chose to spend their money on Edwardian fashion which was currently in trend on Saville Row and make it their own.They were the first group in England to separate themselves from their elders, creating the distinction as teenagers and opening up a youth market.

Figure 3: Teddy Boys admiring the view on Clapham Common in 1954 (The Edwardian Teddy Boy)

There was a revival of the Teddy Boys in the 70’s where Sunglasses Ron’ rose to fame. They revived but this time they were closely linked to Rock ‘n’ Roll music. Their fashion style had evolved with the addition of glam rock influences, bolder coloured suits, brothel creepers and a few other new features. The advances in the Teddy Boy fashion were influenced by Vivenne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren’s shop called Let it Rock, on London’s King Road.

Sunglasses Ron was a laid back, cheeky cool guy, who captured the style and the good nature side of the Teddy Boys and the Rock ‘n’ Roll scene making him a great representative for the 1970’s Teddy’s. However he wasn’t involved in the riots and anarchy as the previous Teddy Boys. He was a loyal teddy boy till the day he died…

Figure 5&6: Flyer for the Funeral and Memorial tribute show for ‘Sunglasses Ron’ sent in by Chopper (Teddyboysreunited.co.uk) 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S54NANTFZ8I 

This is a clip of TV News footage of the funeral of Sunglasses Ron-King Teddy Boys. (HepCatmobile, 2010)

My blog has been inspired by the article by Claire Maguire’s article in the Men’s Fashion magazine ‘Teddy Boy Style: Sunglasses Ron‘ and ‘Teddy Boys’ from the Subcultureslist.com.

Refernces:

TheEdwardianTeddyBoy (n.d) Figure 1: Thomas (Gino) Charalambous, Steve Golly, Ron Staples, Norman Mascot, Rob and Del outside the Black Raven in Bishopgate in 1974 [Online Image]. Available from: http://www.edwardianteddyboy.com/page35.htm [Accessed 03/01/14]

TheEdwardianTeddyBoy (n.d) Figure 2: ‘Sunglasses Ron’ posing in full teddy by attire [Online Image]. Available from:  http://www.edwardianteddyboy.com/page35.htm [Accessed 03/01/14]

TheEdwardianTeddyBoy (n.d) Figure 3: Teddy Boys admiring the view on Clapham Common in 1954 [Online Image]. Available from: http://www.edwardianteddyboy.com/index.htm [Accessed 03/01/14]

TheEdwardianTeddyBoy (n.d) Figure 4: Headlines of Newspapers highlighting the death of John Beckley by the Teddy Boys in the 1950’s [Online Image] Available from: http://www.edwardianteddyboy.com/page6.htm  [Accessed 03/01/14]

TheEdwardianTeddyBoy (n.d) Figure 5&6: Flyer for the Funeral and Memorial tribute show for ‘Sunglasses Ron’ sent in by Chopper [Online Image] Available from: http://www.teddyboysreunited.co.uk/MemoryOf/Sunglasses%20Ron/index.htm [Accessed 03/01/14]

SubcultureList (2014) What is a Teddy Boy – Teddy Boy 1950’s [Online] Available from: http://subcultureslist.com/teddy-boys/ [Accessed 03/01/14]

Maguire, C. (n.d) Teddy Boy Style: Sunglasses Ron. [Online] Men’s Fashion Magazine. Available from: http://www.mensfashionmagazine.co.uk/teddy-boy-style-ron-staple [Accessed 03/01/14]

 

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