Russell Morris

Born on July 31, 1948 in Melbourne, Australian national treasure Russell Morris earned his stripes as a pop singer in the late '60s, first joining pop and rock troupe Somebody's Image, with whom debuted in 1967 and scored a Top 20 single, "Hush," that same year. The band's follow-up single, "Hide And Seek," went to Number 32 in 1968, but Russell Morris quit Somebody's Image that September and kickstarted his solo career with the release of his debut single, the swirling psychedelic rock of "The Real Thing," in March 1969. Despite clocking in at nearly seven minutes, "The Real Thing" was a life-changing hit for Russell Morris, who took the Australian Number 1 spot in June 1969. It became the biggest-selling single in Australia that year, while also making an impact in the US, where it ascended to the top of the charts in Chicago, Houston, and New York City. He released another three singles – including 1970's "Rachel," which gave him a Number 1 in New Zealand and "Mr America," which soared to Number 8 in both Australia and New Zealand – before he rolled out his debut album, Bloodstone. Released in 1971, the LP skewed towards folk-rock – with touches of country – and went to Number 12 on the Australian Go-Set chart. It also won Russell Morris the Best Album gong at the 1971 King of Pop Awards. He went on to amass another 13 albums over the next four decades, also recording under The Russell Morris Band name (1979's Foot in the Door) and Russell Morris & The Rubes (1981's Almost Frantic). He was was inducted into the the ARIA Hall of Fame on July 1, 2008 and in 2011, collaborated with Brian Cadd on Wild Bulls and Horses. Russell Morris released a new album in 2019, Black and Blue Heart, and in 2021 teamed up with Rick Springfield to form The Morris Springfield Project. The duo released their debut album, Jack Chrome and the Darkness Waltz, in October 2021 and scored a Number 34 spot on the ARIA Charts.

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