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Russ Ballard

Ballard was initially a guitarist with Buster Meikle & The Day Breakers in 1961, together with Roy Ballard, Russ's older brother on piano and Bob Henrit on drums. After a stint with The Roulettes, backing Adam Faith, he then went on to join Unit 4 + 2 in the early 1960s, before becoming the lead singer and guitarist of Argent, writing their hit "God Gave Rock and Roll to You", which would later be covered by both Petra and Kiss.

In 1972, Ballard performed on Colin Blunstone's album Ennismore, which was produced by Chris White. Ballard also wrote the hit single, "I Don't Believe in Miracles", which featured on that album.

He left Argent in 1973 and pursued a solo and songwriting career. He wrote such hits as Three Dog Night's "Liar", Hot Chocolate's 1977 UK chart topper "So You Win Again", and Rainbow's "Since You Been Gone" (also featured on Ballard's second solo album Winning) and "I Surrender". As a solo artist, Ballard charted once on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, when "On the Rebound" reached #58 in 1980. Progressive rock band Uriah Heep covered "On the Rebound" in 1982 on their album, Abominog.

Ballard also wrote and performed on Roger Daltrey's first two solo albums - Daltrey (1973) and Ride a Rock Horse (1975).

British pop band Hello recorded Ballard's "New York Groove" in 1975, reaching #7 in Germany and #9 in the UK.

Ballard also wrote the #17, 1981 hit for Santana, called "Winning", which appeared on their album entitled Zebop! and had previously been released by Ballard himself on his second solo album.

Ballard wrote and produced "You Can Do Magic" for the group America. The single climbed to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1982, and helped resurrect the band's career. The following year, America brought in Ballard to produce their follow-up album, Your Move. One of its tracks, "The Border", which was co-written by Ballard with Dewey Bunnell, reached #33 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Borrowing from The Cure's Simon Gallup's 1981 "Other Voices" bass riff,[original research?] Ballard wrote ABBA singer Anni-Frid Lyngstad's 1982 solo hit: "I Know There's Something Going On" (with drums played by Phil Collins). The track reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100. He also penned "Can't Shake Loose" for fellow ABBA former member, Agnetha Fältskog, which peaked at #29 in the same listings.

His song "Voices" - from the album Russ Ballard - was featured on the Miami Vice episode entitled "Calderone's Return: Part 2 - Calderone's Demise", which aired on 26 October 1984. The song was a brief hit on rock radio stations, peaking at #15 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. However, "Voices" stalled below the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #110. The song "In The Night" (also from the Russ Ballard album), was also featured in Miami Vice, and included in the episode entitled "Calderone's Return: Part 1 - The Hit List". The show also featured "Your Time Is Gonna Come" by Ballard.

"The Fire Still Burns", the title track of his 1985 album attained #15 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.

In 1991 the song he co-wrote with John Waite and Jonathan Cain, "So This Is Eden", appeared on Bad English's album, Backlash.

Ballard has also written and produced for Elkie Brooks, and more recently, acting as a talent scout, he "discovered" Lauren Harris.

 
russ ballard Winning at the third stroke into the fire

Russ Ballard

  1. She's A Hurricane
  2. Loose Women
  3. I Don't Believe In Miracles
  4. You Can Do Voodoo
  5. You Can Count On Me
  6. Fly Away
  7. Danger Zone (Part 1)
  8. Danger ZOne (Part 2)
  9. Kicks
  10. Venus

Winning / Barnet Dogs

  1. Winning
  2. Halloween
  3. A Song For Gail
  4. Fakin' Love
  5. Since You Been Gone
  6. Just A Dream Away
  7. Here I Am
  8. Free At Last
  9. Cuckoo
  10. Weekend
  11. Rene Didn't Do It
  12. Ain't No Turning Back
  13. Bad Boy
  14. On The Rebound
  15. She Said "Yeah"
  16. It's Too Late
  17. Feels Like The Real Thing
  18. Riding With The Angels
  19. Beware

At The Third Stroke

  1. Dancer
  2. Helpless
  3. Treat Her Right
  4. Expressway To Your Heart
  5. Cast The Spirit
  6. Look At Her Dance
  7. What Does It Take
  8. I'm A Scorpio
  9. My Judgement Day

Into The Fire

  1. Rock & Roll Lover
  2. Breakdown
  3. Where Do We Go From Here
  4. Guilty
  5. Don't Go To Soho
  6. Tonight
  7. Madman
  8. Strangers
  9. Here Comes The Hurt
  10. I Will Be There
 
 
 
 
Barnet Dogs ballard_ballard Fire Still Burns Anthology

Winning / Barnet Dogs

  1. Winning
  2. Halloween
  3. A Song For Gail
  4. Fakin' Love
  5. Since You Been Gone
  6. Just A Dream Away
  7. Here I Am
  8. Free At Last
  9. Cuckoo
  10. Weekend
  11. Rene Didn't Do It
  12. Ain't No Turning Back
  13. Bad Boy
  14. On The Rebound
  15. She Said "Yeah"
  16. It's Too Late
  17. Feels Like The Real Thing
  18. Riding With The Angels
  19. Beware

 

Russ Ballard / The Fire Still Burns

  1. I Can't Hear You No More
  2. In The Night
  3. Two Silhouettes
  4. Voices
  5. A Woman Like You
  6. Day To Day
  7. Playing With Fire
  8. The Last Time
  9. Once A Rebel
  10. The Omen
  11. Hey Bernadette
  12. Searching
  13. Time
  14. Your Time Is Gonna Come
  15. Dream On
  16. The Fire Still Burns

 

Russ Ballard / The Fire Still Burns

  1. I Can't Hear You No More
  2. In The Night
  3. Two Silhouettes
  4. Voices
  5. A Woman Like You
  6. Day To Day
  7. Playing With Fire
  8. The Last Time
  9. Once A Rebel
  10. The Omen
  11. Hey Bernadette
  12. Searching
  13. Time
  14. Your Time Is Gonna Come
  15. Dream On
  16. The Fire Still Burns

 

Anthology

  1. Two Silhouettes
  2. Hey Bernadette
  3. Winning
  4. On the Rebound
  5. Treat Her Right
  6. Expressway to Your Heart
  7. Since You Been Gone
  8. She's a Hurricane
  9. I Don't Believe in Miracles
  10. Rock & Roll Lover
  11. Voices
  12. Living Without You
  13. Hold On
  14. Ghost Inside, The
  15. Here Comes the Hurt
  16. I Can't Hear You No More
  17. The Fire Still Burns
  18. Rene Didn't Do It