A R C H I V E - #5
Johnny Russell Scholarship FundFellow Opry members, friends and fans turned out to celebrate the life and death of Johnny Russell at Nashville's Grand Ole Opry house. Pallbearers included Garth Brooks, Brad Paisley, Bill Anderson, Jim Ed Brown, Porter Wagoner, Jimmy C. Newman, Jack Greene and Billy Walker. The remaining Opry members served as honorary pallbearers. The memorial service was filled with both laughter and tears, as Russell's friends recalled the humorous moments they shared with the late singer-songwriter. The Whites, Ricky Skaggs, Vince Gill, Steve Wariner and Connie Smith all performed in tribute to Russell.
c/o John Russell, Jr.
216 Centerview Dr.
Funeral was Friday, July 6, 10am, Grand Ole Opry House, 2804 Opryland Drive, Nashville, TN
THE RUSSELL FILES"
Major Recordings as a Writer:
"Act Naturally"-Buck Owens/The Beatles
"Makin' Plans"-Dolly Parton/Emmylou
Twitty/Loretta Lynn/Vince Gill
"Let's Fall To Pieces Together"-George Strait
"Got No Reason Now for Going Home"-Gene Watson
"Beautiful Unhappy Home"-Loretta Lynn/Ernest Tubb
"The World's Meanest Man"-Burl Ives
"It Sure Seemed Right"-Dottie West
"That's What I Tell Them"-Patti Page
"Hurt Her Once for Me"-The Wilburn Brothers
"You'll Be Back"-The Statler Brothers
Major Recordings as an Artist:
"Rednecks, White Socks & Blue Ribbon Beer"
"The Baptism of Jesse Taylor"
"Mr & Mrs. Untrue"
"What a Price"
"Hello, I Love You"
"She's In Love with a Rodeo Man"
"You'll be Back"
Dean Martin Show
Dinah Shore Show
Phil Donahue Show
Grand Ole Opry Live
Good Ole Nashville Music
Pop Goes the Country
NBC-Foulups, Bleeps, & Blunders
CBS-60th Anniversary of the Grand
HEE HAW Honey's
Yesteryear in Nashville Porter Wagoner Show
Wilburn Brother's Show Church Street Station
Bob Braun Show
Crook n Chase
Prime Time Country
The Ralph Emery Show
CBS-70th Anniversary of The Grand Ole Opry
National and International Press Coverage:
Music City News
Country Music News
England's Country Music People
Grammy Nomination-"Male Vocalist of the Year"
BMI Achievement Awards
Nashville Song Writers Association-2 of the top 15 Songs of the Year
RCA Records-"Golden Boot Award"
ASCAP-Awards of Merit
R.O.P.E.-"Lifetime Achievement as an Entertainer" 1995
That's All Right
Don't Be Cruel
It's Now Or Never
Good Luck Charm
Return to Sender
Viva Las Vegas
If I Can Dream
The Wonder of You
Always On My Mind
DISC 1 1. Always On My Mind
2. And I Love You So (Alternate Take 1)
3. Suspicious Minds
4. Don't Cry Daddy
5. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
7. It's Now Or Never
8. The Wonder Of You
9. You've Lost That Loving Feeling
10. It's Impossible
11. Until It's Time For You To Go
12. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
13. For The Good Times
14. Spanish Eyes
15. There Goes My Everything
16. Make The World Go Away
17. She Wears My Ring
18. Unchained Melody 19. It's Only Love
20. I Just Can't Help Believin'
21. Let It Be Me
22. Rags To Riches
23. I've Lost You
1. Can't Help Falling In Love
2. Hawaiian Wedding Song
3. Fame And Fortune
4. Good Luck Charm
5. She's Not You
7. The Girl Of My Best Friend
8. The Thrill Of Your Love
9. Pocketful Of Rainbows
10. There's Always Me
11. Love Letters
12. I'll Remember You
13. It Hurts Me
14. You Don't Know Me
15. Love Me Tender
16. True Love
17. I Was The One
18. I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
19. Loving You
20. Love Me
21. Old Shep
22. That's When Your Heartaches Begin
23. Young And Beautiful
24. Don't Ask Me Why
25. As Long As I Have You
27. (Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I
Simply an Awesome Performance. Following on after Jack Scott must have inspired Janis as this was the best ever performance I have seen her give. It was top notch rock 'n' roll all the way through as she strutted her stuff across the stage giving her all and justifiably gaining recognition from the jam packed hall. All the regular favourites were included as well as a ballad and a tribute to Presley.
A Great Musician and not a bad Singer either. Al Casey performed three instrumentals and one vocal in his own right and clearly demonstrated why he is a musician's musician. His picking on 'Ramrod' was exemplary and he rocked out the vocals on 'Teenage Blues' in a most convincing way. Casey also revealed that he played on Presley's '68 Comeback' special and that the red guitar that Elvis used in this TV show belonged to Al.
A Legend who sadly did not totally connect with the audience. Introduced by Lee Hazlewood, the soft tones of a nervous Sanford Clark were put to good use on 'The Fool', 'Modern Day Romance' and 'Lonesome For A Letter'. However not all of his numbers came off and on such as 'Shades', 'Farm Labour Camp No. 2', 'Son Of Hickory Hollow's Tramp' and the concluding rock 'n' roll medley, he lost contact with the gathered multitude. For whatever reason, he chose not to perform 'Son Of A Gun', 'Lou Be Doo' or 'Swanee River Rock'.
A West Coast Doo Wop act to be reckoned with. Whilst not a household name such as some other doo wop groups, the Calvanes demonstrated, with their singing ability, that they are a fine vocal outfit. They have been together since the fifties and their experience clearly showed. All four members took turns at singing lead on a selection of numbers, which were basically from their new release on the Hightone label plus some from their days with Dootone Records. The harmonies were great and they had to perform three encores. Certainly one of the better vocal groups to grace the Hemsby stage.
A musical nutter, Screamin' Lord Sutch would have been proud. Texan Mack Stevens gave a performance on his first visit to England which at times was most bizarre but always entertaining. Who else would be given a shave on stage by a guy with a cut throat razor and at the same time continue to holler out a rock 'n' roll song. His act was filled with humour and was outrageous.
Jack Baymore and The Bandits.
Sweden's latest singing heartthrob who can rock it too. The audience who had gathered to see Janis Martin stayed on for the performance by Baymore and cheered him on with enthusiasm. With an act based on the young Elvis, he clearly has caught the eye of the ladies and he can sing good as well. A genuine crowd pleaser.
© Tony Wilkinson
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