San Diego musician reveals diagnosis and shares video about autism


By HappyRon

Those of us on the Autism Spectrum want to make friends as much, or more, than other people, but it can be challenging because we are coming from a different place. Thank you for those who try to meet us there.

This video and song are about learning to love ourselves as we are even as continue to develop what we can to make our lives richer. It is about my journey with Autism and the journey of my bass player, Mr. Paul Tillery, and his family and features “Thank You For Being My Friend” about being Autistic and learning to make friends.

Editor’s note: When HappyRon posted the video below on Facebook last week he wrote: “My new video/song about being on the Autistic Spectrum, it’s the first time I’ve publicly identified myself as such, so I guess it’s a ‘coming out’ video. I remain eternally grateful to the SD music scene for helping in this process.”


The Happy Man has lived in San Diego all his life and his hopes to live here for the rest of his life. He never sang a note until he was thirty and didn’t get “seriously” into music until he was forty. He was played more than 2700 shows since then bringing to the stage his unique combination of fun sing-along songs with heartfelt softer songs.

HappyRon’s Inspirational Quotes With Music Videos have become hugely popular on Facebook and other platforms.

To celebrate his 44th birthday he released his first real album, backed by no less than twenty-two people, including some of the best musicians and singers in San Diego. Also featured is Paul Litteral on Trumpet, who played on the B-52s “Love Shack” and James Brown’s “Living In America. The album Produced by local music guru Sven-Erik Seaholm. The critically acclaimed album was nominated for a San Diego Music Award and was described by The San Diego Troubadour as “Masterpiece… anyone who listens will be amazed at the depth of Happy Ron Hill’s songwriting.”

HappyRon was born without a socket in his left hip and that contributed to music being very difficult for him. After having surgery his life and his music changed. He is now in what he calls “HappyRon finally unleashed” mode and is finally able to create his music in full force.

HappyRon has played with a thousand musicians, his current band is The Good Hearted People, featuring Stand Up Bass Player Paul Tillery, Andy Gallagher from Trains Across The Sea on keys, and Rob Garbo from Sweettooth on drums. His website is

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