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Ron Kersey

Born: Apr 7, 1949

Death: Jan 25, 2005

Birthplace: Philadelphia

Profession: Musician

Nationality: United States

Ron Kersey

Date of Birth : Apr 7, 1949
Date of Death : Jan 25, 2005
Birth Place : Philadelphia

Tyrone Garfield "Ron" Kersey was an American keyboardist, songwriter, producer and arranger most known for writing the music to "Disco Inferno" by The Trammps. Kersey was born in Philadelphia,PA. He attended and graduated from Edison High School where he sang in the glee club and played football. He was a lifelong football fan and loved his Philadelphia Eagles. Ron served in the United States Air Force from 1967 through 1972. While in the service he often played piano and keyboards at the local boards. There is where he gained the nickname "have mercy". It was the name the patrons would scream at him as he played because they loved his funky rhythms. Upon returning to Philadelphia, he re-acquainted himself with his longtime friend and musician Norman Harris. Norman was instrumental in Ron becoming a studio musician at Sigma Sound Studios. He later became a member of the disco band The Trammps. Ron did not like the constant travel so he decided to quit the band and concentrate on producing and writing. In 1978 he received a Grammy Award as producer for the soundtrack to Saturday Night Fever which included "Disco Inferno", which he co-wrote with Leroy Green.


  • Musician
  • Record producer
  • Songwriter
  • Keyboard Player
  • Music Arranger

Also known as

  • Tyrone Garfield "Ron (Have Mercy)" Kersey
  • Tyrone G. Kersey
  • Kersey, Ron

Awards Won

  • Grammy Award for Album of the Year
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