|Genres:||Christian & Gospel Country & Bluegrass Kids & Family Movies|
|Decades:||1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Russell Steagall, 22 December 1937, Gainesville, Texas, USA. In 1954, he contracted polio, which badly affected the use of his left hand and arm. Realizing his prospective football career was no longer a possibility, he turned his attention to music. During his convalescence, as part of the therapeutic treatment, he first began to play the mandolin and then, as his fingers strengthened, the guitar. By playing local dances and clubs, he financed his course at West Texas State University, where he gained a degree in Agriculture and Animal Science and then for five years worked for Sand Mark Oil as a soil analyst. He moved to California in 1965, sang locally and for a year worked as a salesman of industrial chemicals. Working first with his friend Don Lanier, he began to develop his songwriting and in 1966, Ray Charles recorded their song Here We Go Again. He concentrated on his writing, later claiming that by 1969 sixty of his songs had been recorded by...