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 Post subject: RIP, Russell Smith, singer, song writer, Amazing Rhythm Aces
PostPosted: Jul Mon 22, 2019 9:27 pm 
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This month we lost Russell Smith ((from Wikipedia - "(June 17, 1949 – July 12, 2019) was an American country music singer-songwriter. Formerly the lead singer of the Amazing Rhythm Aces, Smith launched a solo career in 1984. He was signed by Epic Records in 1988, and the music label released his debut album, This Little Town, the following year. His highest-charting single, "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight," peaked at No. 37 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart in 1989. In 1993, Smith became the lead singer of bluegrass novelty group Run C&W.

Smith also found success as a songwriter, penning Number One songs for Randy Travis ("Look Heart, No Hands"), T. Graham Brown ("Don't Go to Strangers"), Don Williams ("Heartbeat in the Darkness"), and Ricky Van Shelton ("Keep It Between the Lines"). In addition, he wrote "Big Ole Brew" which became a No. 3 country music hit for Mel McDaniel in 1982.))

There's no mention there of the many great tunes written and performed while with the Rhythm Aces, including eight tunes on the album "Stacked Deck" such as "Third Rate Romance," and "Amazing Grace (Used to Be Her Favorite Song)".

Other great albums - Burning the Ballroom Down, Too Stuffed to Jump.
There are lots of memorable tunes there, (Dancing the Night Away, The Spirit Walk) and they will live on. RIP, Russell Smith.

(Della's Long Brown Hair).

Watch the doughnut, not the hole.
Burl Ives, RIP, oldtimer.

 Post subject: Re: RIP, Russell Smith, singer, song writer, Amazing Rhythm
PostPosted: Dec Thu 19, 2019 8:08 am 
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Thanks for posting John!
Russell is probably the main reason I got into music rather than "real jobs" in my youth.
First LP I ever purchased in 1975 with grass cutting funds ($2 a yard) was "Stacked Deck", though well worn from thousands of plays it's still sounds as wonderful as it first did (of course with speckle dust now)
I don't think I've fully recovered yet from his loss in July :cry:

If you've never heard his solo record , "This Little Town" in 1989, I recommend you go and find the LP or cassette immediately!
Best country album I ever heard in the last ten years of the last century (& quite possibly since!) every song is great.

"I circumnavigated the Pacific ocean, 16,000 feet in the air...When I try to check out my emotions, I find part of them weren't there....
Though I've seen a lot of stuff, never seems to be enough, tell me, why can't I be satisfied?"
- Russell Smith

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