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Saturday, May 09, 2009

British 60s Pop Influence With Russ Hamilton

Russ Hamilton was a superstar in Singapore 60s. His songs were so dear to the hearts of many Singaporeans that his records sold out within days.

In the UK, it was "We Will Make Love" that caught record buyers attention, whereas in the USA, it was the flip, "Rainbow". Imagine a single reaching the top 10 in the UK while its other side made waves across the waters. "Rainbow" reached Number 4 in the US**.

He received his Golden Disc for a million copies sold, very soon after its release on Friday, October 4th, 1957. In Singapore, many of his songs he released reached the Hit Parade Charts and "WWML" stayed on for some time.

Russ Hamilton composed his own songs, and one was written for his girl. "Wedding Ring" managed the top 20 but was "insufficient to consolidate his position as a major pop star."

His fortunes with his hit songs faded after a while and were not on the airwaves in recent years. Apparently not not only were the songs "unfashionable in style, but the meaning of the lyrics had suffered from the changes in word usage."

Singapore youths today may find his songs 'mushy'. Seniors though, are still playing the beautiful ballads with the lilt, soft and quiet that only Russ Hamilton could deliver. All his songs are classics now, all. Some of them are, "*My Mother's Eyes," "I Had A Dream", "*Little One" and "I Still Belong To You". Russ Hamilton was backed by Johnny Gregory & His Orchestra. Golden oldies for that relaxing evening.

(When my grandson Joshua was only 2 years old, he recognised many nursery rhymes that I used to sing before his afternoon naps. But he knows his pop songs better and learnt "Little One" before others. Meaningful lyrics and soothing music make this one of the best songs for little children. Try it out because Joshua is asleep within 10 minutes.)

* Children songs.

**Cliff Richard never achieved this kind of hit status in the United States. In 1960, he toured with The Shadows in the U.S. and were well-received; however, lacklustre support and distribution from the record company proved costly, and the chance was lost.

(Extracts from: 45rpm.org.uk, Wikipedia and Oriole Record cover EP - 7005 literature/image.)

10 comments:

Victor said...

Hi Andy, 2 days ago I renewed my Banquet discount card at VivoCity. I saw a poster there that said if I topped up $50 into my card, I will get a free concert ticket to the Banquet concert on 23rd or 24th July 2009. When I saw that you are performing at the concert, I topped up both my wife's and my own card without hesitation.

I am coming to hear you sing! :-)

Andy Young* said...

Thank you Victor. 45 years is a long time. And in Nov last year (2008) I tried it because of Audie Ng, bass guitarist and music entrepreneur, a professional in his own stead.
I am just an amateur and doing it for fun. I hope you will enjoy yourself.
Again thanks for the support.
Andy

yg said...

hi andy, thanks for featuring the late russ hamilton. i grew up listening to his songs. he was my favourite before engelbert humperdinck, tom jones, cliff richard and the beatles. i blogged a bit about him here

Andy Young* said...

Hi yg,
Thank you for the pleasant response. I use the same song to sing my grandson to sleep.
When MPH had a closing down sale at Stamford Road, I bought 5 of his CDs for $2.00 each and distributed them to my 60s music friends. And all his songs are featured.
I have visited your blog and find it amazingly informative.
Again thanks for the visit.
Cheers,
Andy
Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Just a note about Russ Hamilton aka Ronald Hulme,he was a good friend to myself and my band,he helped us get into the business,we were supposed to see Russ last year in November but his nephew called us in October and told us about his passing,he was a great friend,a mentor,and an all around nice guyhe is truly missed but never forgotten,whenever we perform we always do "Rainbow"and dedicate it to Russ. Sincerely,The Original Chevelles,The Echoes.

Dr. Lee said...

Thanks for your nice tribute to Russ Hamilton. Russ is an exceptionally great and friendly gentleman. I am so glad I have met him and did a long interview with him for our Malaysian radio station few years back. We became close friends. I was so sad when his twin sister contacted me to let me know that Russ has passed away.He once told me that "We will Make Love" was his most successful song and of the songs he wrote, he loved "Little One" most...a lullaby he wrote for his nice in Canada. He said he wrote and sang "Reprieve of Tom Dooley" after meeting his friend Lonni Donegan at the studio when he was recording the hit "Tom Dooley". He has also given me a number of his unreleased songs which is now a real treasure to me. I have collected all his released songs and made into a CD to keep. I contributed his biography to Wikipedia some time ago.

Andy Young* said...

Thank you very much Original Chevelles and The Echoes for writing.

I am sorry for not replying as I missed reading this note. I have since made sure to have all comments reflected when I open my blog.

Andy Young* said...

Thanks Dr. Lee, I have posted your profile on my blog, together with your note.

It would be great to have a copy of your CD if it's for sale.
Regards.

Dr. Lee said...

Thanks. The CDs are not for sale but I do not mind sending you a copy if you can give me an address to send to.

Andy Young* said...

Thank you.