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Label: Discos Musart - TDM 10023 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: US • Genre: Latin, Pop •
He sold 8 million records in the s  singing in a romantic, baritone voice and in his trademark bilingual English and Spanish style.
He made personal appearances and performed on radio programs, most notably Your Hit Paradein Chicken Fried Steak - Slim Thug - The End Of WW III moviesand on television. During this initial phase of his career, his popularity in the United States rivaled that of crooners Frank Sinatra and Perry Como.
Inhe relocated to Mexico where he became a star of radiotelevisionmotion picturesrecords and nightclubs. Upon returning to the United StatesRussell continued to record. Although well received, he did not achieve his previous level of success. During his year career, Russell received many international accolades and awards, most notably being recognized as the original Latino crossover artist  who introduced American audiences to popular songs sung in English and Spanish thus opening the doors for later Hispanic bilingual artists to do the same.
He grew up in a bilingual home, hearing and talking Spanish with his parents, while talking English with his brothers and sisters, and people outside of the home. At this young age, Russell did not appreciate the music of Mexiconor did he fully comprehend the Spanish language. He felt so frustrated that he would ask his parents to speak to him in English. Despite these growing pains, he was determined to follow in the footsteps of his idols.
Russell recalled how he dealt with this curious dilemma:. They said to me one night and broke my heart, they says, "Andy, we can't afford to have you as just a singer.
Walt Conley to play some instrument. You know, the guys wanna split the rest of the money. Drums would be the easiest thing. Down in the cellar, I'd learn to play drums and Gimmie Some Good Times - Lou Reed - Street Hassle good time. This was when I was in junior high and I was learning to play drums. Later on, I got a teacher to teach me how to read, and before you knew it, I took drums seriously and I became one of the top drummers on the east side of L.
And I was playing drums with all these bands Another Way (Radio Mix) - Various - Wild Volume 10 then I'd sing. This neighborhood music store was owned by William Phillips,  a Jewish-American Navy veteran, drummer, and musician. This may have been Russell's initial exposure to the instrument. Russell attended Roosevelt High School  in Boyle Heightswhere he continued En El Café - Emily Cranz - Emily Cranz musical education.
He was a member of the ROTC marching band, the jazz bandand the high school symphony orchestra. He performed at high school football games, parades and dances. And under the instruction of Mr. Harry Gruppengetter, the music teacher, he learned to read music. He recalled that his high school experience was positive, and that he did not feel discrimination : "In those days, I was just one of the guys. We had Russian people, we had Jewish kids, we had Mexican kids, we had the blackswe never Know Your Rights - The Clash - Combat Rock things like that I'm a very cocky little Mexican kid from the East Side, and I never had those feelings.
I always feel that it's up to the person. Russell auditioned for Arnheim and got the job not only as a drummer but vocalisttoo. However, since he was underage and could not tour out of state, Arnheim adopted him and became his legal guardian. In addition, since he thought it was a good gimmick that made good business sense, Arnheim suggested that Russell sing bilingually in English and Spanish.
Russell was hesitant, stating "No, Gus, my Spanish is very bad; I'm embarrassed. Now on tour with the band, Russell noticed that when he played solo on the drums or sang En El Café - Emily Cranz - Emily Cranzthe couples in the audience would stop dancing and approach the bandstand to get a better look at the handsome vocalist who was singing in a different language.
But Arnheim realized that it would be necessary for Russell Native Son - Bryan Adams - Into The Fire change his name. Andy, I've got to tell you something. So what would you call me then?
His name was Russell Columboone of the famous singers of that era. I'm gonna call you Russell--Andy Russell. Russell compromised on the name change because during that era many performers adopted stage names in order to enter the entertainment industry.
In contrast, the case has been made that Russell's light-skin and European features like Vikki Carr were the determining factors in opening the doors to the recording industry Avant-Mier, 59; Macias, that otherwise shut out Mexican-Americans whose appearance was dark-complexioned, like contemporary Chicano musician and singer Lalo Guerrerowho "wanted the success of an Andy Russell, whose appearance and name change were definite advantages.
Russell performed as bilingual vocalist and swing drummer with Arnheim for 4 years. Russell declined because "he decided he could make more of a name if he concentrated on his singing,"   so En El Café - Emily Cranz - Emily Cranz chose to join Alvino Rey. While he was with Rey, Russell's bilingual vocals had caught the attention of lyricist and composer Johnny Mercerwho asked Russell to cut a record for his fledgling Capitol Records.
Russell narrowed his choices down to three songs. The —44 musicians' strike threatened to derail Russell's career before it had even begun. Union President James Petrillo  had set the date of July 31 where no union musician could record for any record company.
This caused record producers to scramble to get vocalists and musicians into recording studios to get the recordings done before the deadline. Russell was able to make a test record with the George Siravo orchestra under the deadline. It sold over one million copies.
It reached 2 and was taken from the musical film Broadway Rhythm. The flip side of this record was "The Day After Forever". Such success was unprecedented for a "kid from East Los Angeles", albeit a very talented, hard-working, and cocky kid.
He was a part of the era when popular singers, or croonerswere beginning to take the spotlight away from the bands. As the youngest of all the crooners in this era, Russell drew his style from those who had come before, especially Haymes. Russell was viewed as the typical crooner, in the Sinatra style, who extended and drew out the words, while adding delightful shades and nuances to the phrases in his songs.
He was not considered a bolero singer in the classic sense of Latin America singersbut his execution of romantic songs had En El Café - Emily Cranz - Emily Cranz of the best and most sincere phrasing. By latehe was declared by the Mutual Broadcasting System to be the "idol of the crew-cut and bobby-sox set, and one of the nation's top-ranking romantic balladeers".
Russell had twelve records break into the charts between April and Septembereight of them in the top ten. Music-store owner, Glenn E. Wallichs, a pioneer in the record industry for his attention to foreign markets, and co-founder of Capitol Recordsmade sure that Russell's records were distributed throughout Latin America,  which meant huge sales for Capitol and ever-growing popularity for Russell.
The success of Russell, along with the stable of Capitol recording artists, permitted Capitol to construct the famous thirteen-story "Stack o' Records" building in Byhe had become a well enough regarded pop vocalist to be invited to perform on radio programs.
He was the host and featured vocalist. In addition, he would invite guests to appear on his program, such as Dinah Shore and Johnny Mercer. On Sunday nights over CBS radio, Russell was also a featured vocalist on the Old Gold Showwhich was the name of the cigarette company that sponsored the program.
It was reported that during the trip, he got sick because he had never been on a train before. Also, in addition to duties as a vocalist, Russell played straight man to Jackie Gleasonthe legendary comic and performer who would later be the star of the classic television program The Honeymooners. He would do this later in a motion picture with Groucho Marxtoo.
With regard to his participation on the show, the Billboard Music Year Book stated that "the talented, handsome Starting with one song, audience response demanded his current three singing spots.
Paul Weston and his Orchestra provided the music. Finally, and most notably, starting on April 26,Russell began to appear as featured vocalist on the pop music radio program Your Hit Parade. He replaced Lawrence Tibbettan opera singer, who had previously replaced Frank Sinatra.
After five months in New York, he was so popular that Lucky Strike cigarettes, the sponsor of the show, agreed to pay for the En El Café - Emily Cranz - Emily Cranz to be broadcast out of its Los Angeles studios in order to appease Russell who was homesick.
The shows from Hollywood began on September 21, It was during this time that Russell had the incredible fortune of having two records in the Top Ten, while performing as a vocalist on Your Hit Parade. As the original vocalist, he would actually be able to sing his own songs on the program, an event which very rarely happened. His screaming, teenaged fans called themselves the "Russell Sprouts", of which there were fan clubs throughout the United States.
As he became more popular, Russell began making personal appearances in different venues in the country. Russell was then invited to Hollywood by Buddy DeSylvaco-founder of Capitol Records, to screen-test for motion pictures.
He was contracted to appear in the Saturday Night - Various - Dance Contact 2 The Stork Club His movie career had an inauspicious start at Paramount Studios. The Mexican-American crooner was told by a security guard that it was a closed set and that he would have to leave.
He waited outside the stage door, sitting in Yasak Aşk (Remix) - Hande Yener - Best Of Remixes (File) sun until Hal Walkerthe director, came looking for him and told him to get to work. Russell asked nervously, "Are you sure it's all right now? He also displayed his percussionist skills on a drum solo of " China Boy ".
The "A Ballad in Blue" section illustrated the end of a relationship using raindrops, flower petals, and a love letter. Inat the En El Café - Emily Cranz - Emily Cranz of his popularity, he appeared in the film Copacabana with Groucho Marx and Carmen Miranda. About his performance, co-star, Gloria Jean said, "[He] was very bland, wishy-washy, but he had a lovely voice.
Later, Russell began to appear in the new medium of television in the early s on Your Show of Shows with Sid Caesar on NBCbut continued to record, though less frequently. A review described their act as: "delightfully light, cleverly done and wholly entertaining. Lastly, they appeared together in the musical short, House Party By Octoberthe big band business was at its lowest ebb in years.
Tastes were changing, as the rock 'n roll age was En El Café - Emily Cranz - Emily Cranz to dawn. Russell lined up a band to back him, and he hit the road to revive business with a series of one-night engagements to meet the people up front again.
Capitol Records lost interest in him as a hit-making pop star and began to look on with negative feeling.
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