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RUSSELL MORRIS

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BIOGRAPHICAL DETAILS

Full Name: Russell Norman Morris

Description: Vocalist, Composer

Known For: Hit single – “The Real Thing”

Instruments: Voice, Guitar

Music Styles: Rock, Easy listening

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Date Born: 31st July 1948
Location Born: Australia

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Web Site:   Russell Morris official website

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BIOGRAPHICAL PROFILE

Russell Morris

Russell Norman Morris (born 31 July 1948) is an Australian singer-songwriter who had five Australian Top 10 singles during the late 1960s and early 1970s. On 1 July 2008, the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) recognised Morris’ iconic status when he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

Morris’ career started at the age of 18, in September 1966, with the formation of the Melbourne group Somebody’s Image, together with Kevin Thomas (rhythm guitar), Phillip Raphael (lead guitar), Eric Cairns (drums) and Les Allan (aka “Les Gough”) (bass guitar). Somebody’s Image rose to prominence with a local hit version of the Joe South song “Hush”. (the song reaching #2 on the local Melbourne charts)

An Australian singer-songwriter, who had five Australian top ten singles during the late 1960s and early 1970s. On 1 July 2008, the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) recognised Russell Morris’ iconic status when he was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame.

His most successful song was “The Real Thing”, written by Johnny Young, produced by Ian Meldrum and engineered by John L. Sayers.

The backing track was performed by members of Melbourne soul band The Groop, (which included Brian Cadd), plus Zoot guitarist Roger Hicks, and backing vocalists Ronnie Charles (The Groop), The Chiffons (including Maureen Elkner) and Marcie and The Cookies.

Russell Morris is one of Australia’s most enduring singers.

A major pop star in the late ’60s, he went on to become one of the country’s first singer/songwriters. Both ends of his career feature predominantly in the soundtrack to the movie, The Dish.

Morris was the frontman for the band ‘Somebody’s Image’ in the sixties.

Probably one can be forgiven to think Morris was a teen idol when at the top, but nothing could be far from the truth.

Morris is a true talent and never one to rely on his achievements.

Although the song was top in Australia, it had mild success in America though went to #1 in Chicago.

In 1973, Morris moved to London to record an album only to discover there was no record contract waiting for him. He relocated to New York and set to work on an album there, including new versions of both “Sweet Sweet Love” and “Wings of an Eagle” and the single “Let’s Do It”. A second American album appeared in 1976. It was two more years before Morris was granted his green card, enabling him to tour America. But by then, any chance of an American career had bolted. Instead, Morris returned to a very different Australia than the one he had left behind five years earlier.

Morris’ career started at the age eighteen, in September 1966 with the formation of the Melbourne group Somebody’s Image, together with Kevin Thomas (rhythm guitar), Phillip Raphael (lead guitar), Eric Cairns (drums) and Les Allan (Les Gough) (bass guitar).

In 2013 Morris released an album of self-penned blues music. Sharkmouth received little radio play, but went on to become his most successful album, reaching No. 6 on the ARIA charts. Sharkmouth is a blues album about Australia’s notorious and colourful characters of the 1920s and ’30s. Melbourne gangster Squizzy Taylor and Sydney’s Shark Jaws, legends such as Phar Lap, Les Darcy and Sydney’s famous graffiti artist, Mr Eternity, are all mentioned.”

Morris’ album Van Diemen’s Land was the 76th best-selling album of 2014 in Australia

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Hits include.

HUSH – 1967
THE REAL THING – 1969
RACHEL – 1969
SWEET SWEET LOVE – 1971
WINGS OF AN EAGLE – 1972
THE REAL THING – 1990 (Remix)

Albums include.

BLOODSTONE – 1971
WINGS OF AN EAGLE – 1973
RUSSELL MORRIS – 1975
TURN IT ON – 1976
RETROSPECT – 1978

Singles
Sep. 1967
“Heat Wave” / “When I Come Home” (In S-8088)

Nov. 1967
“Hush” / “It’s All Over Now Baby Blue” (In S-8116)

April 1968
“Hide & Seek” / “Livin’ In Style” (EMI Columbia DO-8315; reissued as EMI 7MA 4463)

March 1969
“The Real Thing” / “It’s Only A Matter Of Time” (EMI Columbia DO-8710)

July 1969
“Part Three Into Paper Walls” / “The Girl That I Love” (EMI Columbia DO-8828)

Dec. 1969
“Rachel” / “Little Lady” (EMI Columbia DO 9020)

Apr. 1970
“Rachel / Slow Joey” (EMI Columbia DO 9102)

Dec. 1970
“Mr America” / “Stand Together” (EMI Columbia DO 9314)

June 1971
“Sweet, Sweet Love” / “Jail Jonah’s Daughter” (EMI HMV EA 9539)

Mar. 1972
“Live With Friends” / “Alcohol Farm” (EMI HMV EA 9824)

Nov. 1972
“Wings Of An Eagle” / “Satisfy You” (EMI HMV EA 10030)

Oct. 1975
“Let’s Do It / Don’t Rock the Boat (Wizard ZS 127)

May 1976
“”Sail With Me / Hard Road (Wizard ZS 140)

Aug. 1976
“Running Jumping Standing Still” / “Cloudy Day” (Wizard ZS 141)

1976
“Wolves In White” / “Two Wheeled Flyer” (Wizard ZS 160)

1990
“The Real Thing” (remix) / “Rachel” (Festival RPS 47)

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