Biography of an Artist NO 9 - RUSS CONWAY

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Biography of an Artist NO 9 - RUSS CONWAY

Postby rockerbob » Tue Feb 20, 2007 11:47 pm

One artist I used to enjoy on the t.v was the always smiling Russ Conway.

Conway was born on 2 September 1925 in Bristol, England. He had no formal piano training and spent his early adulthood in the Navy. Conway was talent-spotted while playing in a London club, signed to Columbia Records and spent the mid 1950s providing backing for their artists including Gracie Fields and Joan Regan. However, the commercial potential of Conway's unique percussive piano style (which he attributed to a missing fingertip he had severed many years previously with a bread slicer) was too great for him to remain in the background for long. Conway recorded his first solo single in 1957, a novelty instrumental medley of pop standards.

1959 was Conway's annus mirabilis, with a cumulative total of 83 weeks on the UK Singles Chart. This included two self-penned number one instrumentals, "Side Saddle" and "Roulette", the latter deposing Elvis Presley's "A Fool Such As I".

Conway maintained a chart presence in the early 1960s, and was a fixture on light entertainment TV shows and radio for many years afterwards thanks to his instantly recognisable piano style. For some years his career was blighted by ill-health, and his later life was notable for charity work. Conway, who never married, died on 16 November 2000. (Music only)

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Postby Pierre » Tue Feb 27, 2007 12:46 pm

Brilliant!!! These are great!

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Postby Babs » Thu Mar 01, 2007 7:50 pm

Thanks Bob, I didn't realise Russ was that age.
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