Russell Morris is Australian music royalty, starting off with Melbourne-based group Somebody’s Image in the mid-1960’s. After splitting from the band, he worked closely with record producer and friend Ian “Molly” Meldrum to produce one of the great Australian recordings of all time – The Real Thing. The song, featuring a number of other prominent Australian artists such as Brian Cadd, other members of the band The Groop, Maureen Elkner and even Molly himself, went for a total of six minutes and twenty seconds – arguably costing it international airplay.
Russell had other hits in the early 1970’s before heading overseas to try his luck.
Russell joined with mates Ronnie Burns and Daryl Cotton to form Burns, Cotton & Morris becoming very popular in pubs and clubs across the country. When Ronnie Burns chose to leave, he was replaced by Jim Keays, formerly of the Masters Apprentices. They too were successful as Cotton, Keays and Morris before Jim and Daryl’s ill health left them unable to continue.
UPDATE: Russell re-entered the ARIA charts in 2013 with his Sharkmouth album. The album won the ARIA Award for Best Blues and Roots Album in 2013. It was Russell’s first entry into the Australian charts in 40 years.
For more information about Russell, please visit his very excellent web site – www.russellmorris.com.au
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