RUSS BALLARD - Voices: The Best Songs Of Russ Ballard (1993)
Russell Glyn "Russ" Ballard is an English singer, songwriter and musician. Originally coming to prominence as the lead singer and guitarist for the band Argent, Ballard became known by the late 1970s as a songwriter and producer. His compositions "New York Groove", "You Can Do Magic", "Since You Been Gone", "Liar", "Winning", "I Know There's Something Going On", "So You Win Again" and "God Gave Rock and Roll to You" were hits for other artists during the 1970s and 80s. He also scored several minor hits under his own name in the early/mid-1980s.
Ballard was born in Waltham Cross, Hertforshire in England. His music career began in the 1960s as part of such groups as Buster Miekle and the Day Breakers, The Roulettes and Unit 4+2, Ballard became lead singer of the group Argent, and was part of their only Top 10 single, "Hold Your Head Up". Ballard left Argent in 1973 and turned to songwriting, penning the hits "Liar" for Three Dog Night, "I Know There's Something Going On" (produced by Phil Collins, who also provided drums) and "Can't Shake Loose" for former ABBA singers Anni-Frid Lyngstad and Agnetha Faltskog, respectively. In 1975 Ballard released his self-titled debut solo album, followed by Winning in 1976 (the title cut was later covered by Santana), later albums include At The Third Stroke, Into The Fire, Russ Ballard-1984 (featuring "Voices", and "In The Night"), and The Fire Still Burns (featuring "Your Time Is Gonna Come"). Ballard also worked with the group America in 1982, producing their album The Border, featuring their singles "You Can Do Magic" and "The Border", and resurrected their career. Ballard has only released two other solo albums in the past 20 years, and looks for new talent constantly.
TRACKS: 01. Voices 02. A Woman Like You 03. Hey Bernadette 04. Hold Your Head Up 05. Liar 06. You Can Do Voodoo 07. Winning 08. God Gave Rock And Roll To You 09. I Can't Hear You No More 10. Two Silhouettes 11. Tragedy 12. Since You Been Gone 13. On The Rebound 14. Your Time Is Gonna Come 15. Dream On 16. The Fire Still Burns
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