HAPPY BIRTHDAY, RUSS
Russ Ballard born
Ballard's compositions complemented those of leader Rod Argent and his confidence was boosted when his "God Gave Rock And Roll To You" was among the group's hits. Three Dog Night reached the US Top 10 with a version of Ballad's "Liar" in 1972.
After this lucrative syndication, Ballard remained with Argent for a further two years before showing his hand as a soloist. However, as neither RUSS BALLARD nor WINNING attracted sufficient attention, he elected to concentrate on writing adult-orientated material. He was especially favoured by
By 1979, he returned to the fray as a recording artist with 0N THE THIRD STROKE (with its "You Can Do Voodoo" single) which, like its BARNET DOGS and INTO THE FIRE follow-ups, was a likeable collection that sold enough to make further Ballard product a worthwhile exercise. The second album entitled RUSS BALLARD was issued in 1984. Its singles and those on its successor, FIRE STILL BURNS, were promoted on video with the artist still wearing the sunglasses that have been his visual trademark since treading the boards with Meakle's Daybreakers. A belated rise to a qualified prominence in his own right is not out of the question but Ballard's fame in the early '90s rests still on interpretations of his material by others. In recent times, the Little Angels, Magnum and Kiss have recorded his songs.
Kiss had a hit in 1992 with "God Gave Rock ‘N’ Roll To You" after Ballard had been commissioned to pen the soundtrack to the 1991 movie, Bill And Ted's Bogus Journey.
- 1975 Russ Ballard
- 1976 Winning
- 1979 At the Third Stroke
- 1980 Russ Ballard & the Barnet Dogs
- 1981 Into The Fire
- 1984 Russ Ballard – 1984
- 1985 The Fire Still Burns
- 1995 Seer
- 2006 Book of Love