Russ Hamilton

  • Real Name: Ronald Hulme
  • Birth Date: circa. 1932
  • Birth Place: Everton, Liverpool
  • Russ Hamilton is one of the first singer-songwriters of 'pop' to have come out of Liverpool. Like many other entertainers of the era, his show business career stemmed from his job as a Butlin's 'Redcoat'. He and his fellow staff put together a skiffle group and were soon singing to the happy 'campers'. It was through this venture that he got an opportunity to cut his first disc. So in only a few months since completing his National Service he had gone through working in a factory to become a famous singing star.

    In the UK, it was 'We Will Make Love' that caught record buyers attention, whereas in the USA, it was the other side 'Rainbow' that fueled the public imagination. This led to the possibly unique situation of a single reaching the top 10 in the UK while its flipside achieved the same result across the Atlantic- 'Rainbow' reached #4 on the USA. In 1957, chart success in the USA was a very unusual feat for an English performer and made Russ a very hot property for a while. Despite this, Russ continued to maintain his association with the British holiday camp and had to commute from one side of the Atlantic to the other to meet the many demands for live performances.

    The EP on the left (Oriole EP7005) contained both sides of his most successful singles. It was to be the only EP that Russ would have issued in the UK- although an LP called "We Will Make Love" does exist. Neither of these UK issued discs is easy to find now, but I do see the EP now and then- this might be a nice way to obtain "We Will Make Love" or "Rainbow".
    Russ followed his first great success with another self penned item, allegedly written- as was his first UK hit- with his girl friend in mind, "Wedding Ring". This record too managed the top 20, but only just. It was insufficient to consolidate his position as a major pop star. His fortunes with record releases did not improve and by the early 1960s he had all but disappeared from foreground pop music. Sadly, his great hit also faded rapidly and has received little airplay in recent years- not only is it unfashionable in style, but the meaning of the lyric has suffered from the changes in word usage that have taken place since 1957.

    1950s & 1960s 45rpm UK Discography

    • Listings include UK 45 singles releases only
    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • See lower list for EP releases.

    Oriole CB1359 1957 We Will Make Love/ Rainbow #2
    Oriole CB1388 1957 Wedding Ring/ I Still Belong To You #20
    Oriole CB1404 1958 Little One/ I Had A Dream  
    Oriole CB1406 1958 I Don't Know Why/ My Mother's Eyes  
    Oriole CB1451 1958 Tip Toe Through The Tulips/ Drifting And Dreaming  
    Oriole CB1459 1958 September In The Rain/ I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now  
    Oriole CB1465 1958 Things I Didn't Say/ Strange Are The Ways Of Love  
    Oriole CB1492 1959 The Reprieve Of Tom Dooley/ Dreaming Of You  
    Oriole CB1506 1959 My Unbreakable Heart/ I Found You  
    Oriole CB1508 1959 Smile, Smile, Smile And Sing, Sing Sing/ Shadow  
    Oriole CB1527 1960 Mama/ Things No Money Can Buy  
    Oriole CB1531 1960 It's A Sin To Tell A Lie/ Folks Get Married In The Spring  
    MGM MGM1096 1960 Gonna Find Me A Bluebird/ Choir Girl  
    MGM MGM1127 1961 The Lonesome Cowboy/ My Love  
    MGM MGM1150 1962 Take A Chance On Me/ I Stand Around  
    Ember EMBS184 1963 Valley Of Love/ Loneliest Boy In Town  
    Ember EMBS193 1964 We Will Make Love/ No One Can Love Like You  

    EP Discography

    • Collector's Items are shown In Red
    • See Upper List For Singles releases

    Oriole EP7005 1958 "Russ Hamilton" w.Johnny Gregory Orch.  
    We Will Make Love/Rainbow/Wedding Ring/I Still Belong To You

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