Russell Morris

Genres: Blues Pop / Rock
Decades: 2000s


As leader of the Melbourne pop group Somebody’s Image (1966-68), Morris came to the notice of Molly Meldrum, who soon became the group’s, and subsequently Morris’, manager. Meldrum produced Morris’ huge 1969 hit ‘The Real Thing’ which is regarded as the best psychedelic song of that era in Australia. The song featured a myriad of overdubs including snatches of speeches and ending, like one of its influences, with an atomic bomb exploding. Morris further developed his own songwriting skills sufficiently to release a low-key album release, Bloodstone which was greeted with lukewarm praise from the critics (‘The Cell’ often garnered praise), although little acknowledgement from the public. Deserted by Meldrum, Morris formed his own band and recorded several more albums which did achieve minor success. He moved to the USA in 1978, where he eventually obtained a green card, but was unable to establish himself in any musical niche....

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