Russ Ballard

Genres: Pop / Rock
Tags: rock 80s melodic rock classic rock hard rock aor british Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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31 October 1945, Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, England. Ballard attended the same secondary modern school as Cliff Richard before joining the Daybreakers, the backing group to Buster Meikle, another local singer (and future mainstay of Unit Four Plus Two). By 1963, with Daybreakers drummer Robert Henrit, Ballard was a member of Adam Faith’s Roulettes in which he played keyboards before transferring to guitar. Among tracks recorded by the quartet alone were a handful of Ballard numbers, including the band’s last a-side, 1967’s ‘Help Me To Help Myself’. While briefly one of the latter-day Unit Four Plus Two members, Ballard also co-wrote that band’s final single, 1969’s psychedelic ‘3.30’, before he and Henrit joined Argent. Ballard’s compositions complemented those of leader Rod Argent and his confidence was boosted when his ‘God Gave Rock ’N Roll To You’ was among the band’s hits. Three Dog Night...

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