born on 25/4/1914 in Passaic, NJ, United States
died on 18/2/1970 in Beverly Hills, CA, United States
Bob Russell (songwriter)
Sidney Keith "Bob" Russell (25 April 1914 February 1970) was an American songwriter (mainly lyricist) born in Passaic, New Jersey.
In 1968, Russell along with songwriting partner Quincy Jones were nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Original Song category ("The Eyes Of Love" for the film Banning). The following year, both he and Jones were nominated again in the same category (for the Sidney Poitier film For Love of Ivy).
Russell attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri where he was roommates with Sidney Sheldon the novelist. He then went to work as an advertising copywriter. Russell then turned to writing special material for vaudeville acts, and then for film studios, ultimately writing complete scores for two movies: Jack and the Beanstalk and Reach for Glory. The latter film received the Locarno International Film Festival prize in 1962. A number of other movies featured compositions by Russell: Affair in Trinidad, Blue Gardenia, The Girl Can't Help It, The Girl Most Likely, Matter of Who, Meet Captain Kidd, Sound-Off, That Midnight Kiss, and Ticket to Tomahawk. In the movies The Girl Most Likely, Blue Gardenia, and Matter of Who, Russell's compositions included the title songs.
He had his last hit song in 1969-70, with "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" recorded by The Hollies. The song was introduced to the group by Russell's son-in-law Jefferey Spearitt, who was living in London at the time with his wife Simohn.
In 1970 he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Russell died from cancer in February 1970. In 2004 he was posthumously awarded the ASCAP lifetime achievement award in the pop category.
Russell's wife, Hannah Russell (1913–2002), born in N.Y.C., was also a composer of children's movies and songs while living in London, England (1959–62) and is also the author of SpaceSongs, A Children's Intergalatica Musical Journey. Bob Russell's brother-in-law was the important songwriter Bud Green (1897–1981) who wrote the standards "Sentimental Journey", "Once In A While", and "Alabamy Bound". One of Russell's three daughters, Simohn Spearitt (b. 1945) is an author, who wrote Pink Rose Bush, a book for children intended to foster self-esteem. She is also an artist and watercolorist who now resides in Mexico with her husband Jefferey. His grandson is singer/songwriter/producer Luther Russell www.lutherrussell.com (b. 1970). His granddaughter Savannah Spirit www.savannahspiritphotography.com (b. 1975) is a Photographer and curator in New York City . Other family members include Molly Hyman, (b.1935) who with Hannah Russell formed the family publishing company, Harrison Music Corporation, and later went on to become President of the company. Harrison music Corp owned all of the Bob Russell catalog. His other daughter, Linda Smith, (1943-2000) died in 2000.
- "Babalu" (music by written by Margarita Lecuona)
- "Ballerina" (music by Carl Sigman)
- "Brazil" (wrote English language lyric to music by Ary Barroso)
- "Carnival" (music by Harry Warren)
- "Circus" (music by Louis Alter)
- "Crazy He Calls Me" (music by Carl Sigman)
- "Do Nothin' Till You Hear From Me" (music by Duke Ellington)
- "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" (music by Duke Ellington)
- "Frenesi" (Music by Alberto Domínguez, lyrics by Dominguez and Ray Charles as well as Russell)
- "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" (music by Bobby Scott)
- "I Didn't Know About You" (music by Duke Ellington)
- "I Know, I Know, I Know" (music by Bronislaw Kaper)
- "Interlude" (music by Pete Rugolo)
- "Like Love" (music by Duke Ellington)
- "Maria Elena" (music by Lorenzo Barcelata)
- "Misirlou" (collaboration with Fred Wise and Milton Leeds on English language lyric)
- "No More" (with Tutti Camarata)
- "No Other Love" (music by Paul Weston after Frédéric Chopin)
- "Once" (1962 with Joanie Sommers and Bobby Troup Sextet) (music by Harold Spina)
- "Taboo" (wrote English language lyric to music by Margarita Lecuona)
- "Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)" (music by Harold Spina)
- "You Came a Long Way from St. Louis" (music by John Benson Brooks)
Composer and lyricist
- "Busy as a Bee" (in collaboration with Joseph Meyer and Carl Sigman)
- "The Color of Love" (with Bronislaw Kaper)
- "It's the Beast in Me"
- "Just When We're Falling in Love"
- "A Lonesome Cup of Coffee"
- "Time Was (song)"
- "Watching the Clock"
- "You Go Your Way"
- Bob Russell at the Songwriters' Hall of Fame
- Bob Russell at the Internet Movie Database
- Bio on Jazz Standards site
- Russell Bob Russell at Discogs.com