The Info List - Bobby Russell

Bobby Russell (April 19, 1940 – November 19, 1992) was an American singer and songwriter. Between 1966 and 1973, he charted five singles on the Hot Country Songs charts, including the crossover pop hit "Saturday Morning Confusion." Russell was also married to singer and actress Vicki Lawrence
Vicki Lawrence
from 1972 to 1974.


1 Career

1.1 As a performer

2 Death 3 Discography

3.1 Albums 3.2 Singles

4 References 5 External links

Career[edit] Russell wrote many hits over quite a few genres, the most notable being "The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia", his critique of country justice (a #1 hit for his then-wife Vicki Lawrence, to whom he was married from 1972 to 1974);[1] "Used to Be" (from the 1970 film The Grasshopper); and "Little Green Apples", which won him a Song of the Year Grammy Award
Grammy Award
in 1968 from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. "Little Green Apples" was a big hit for O.C. Smith in the USA and covered by Roger Miller
Roger Miller
in the U.K. The song was a particular favourite of Frank Sinatra. He wrote the song "Honey", which was a hit for Bobby Goldsboro
Bobby Goldsboro
in 1968, spending five weeks at the top of the Billboard Pop Singles Chart. Russell wrote the ballad "Do You Know Who I Am", which was recorded by Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley
during his 1969 Memphis sessions when he also cut "In The Ghetto" and "Suspicious Minds". Russell penned "The Joker Went Wild", a hit on Billboard Top 40 for Brian Hyland
Brian Hyland
in 1966. Russell also penned "Anabell Of Mobile" for Nancy Sinatra. The Russell composition "Camp Werthahekahwee" appeared on a 1986 album from Ray Stevens. The song deals with summer camp and the eerie and bizarre surroundings a father alerts his son to prior to camp. The concept of the song deals with the inability of the natives to find their way home, so the natives set up their homes in the middle of nowhere after getting lost. The name of the camp, of course, is pronounced "where the heck are we?" and it was started by an Indian chief whose name also escapes the father. As a performer[edit] As a singer, his biggest chart was his self-penned "Saturday Morning Confusion", a top 25 country hit and No. 28 pop hit in the early fall of 1971. The song was a first-person account of a family man suffering from a hangover (after having partied with "the boys" the night before) and trying to find peace and quiet to sleep it off, but constantly being henpecked by the kids, wife and neighbors. Other songs that Russell recorded himself were "1432 Franklin Pike Circle Hero", "For a While We Helped Each Other Out", "Our Love Will Rise Again", and "Mid American Manufacturing Tycoon". He also wrote and recorded "Summer Sweet" for the Disney live-action Rascal (1969) and wrote and sang the title song "As Far As I'm Concerned" over the opening credits of The Grasshopper. Death[edit] Russell died in Nicholasville, Kentucky
Nicholasville, Kentucky
of coronary artery disease, on November 19, 1992. He was 52 years old.[1] Discography[edit] Albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Positions Label

US Country US

1968 Words, Music, Laughter and Tears — — Elf

1969 Bobby Russell Unlimited — — Elf

1971 Saturday Morning Confusion 44 183 United Artists


Year Single Chart Positions Album

US Country US US AC CAN CAN Country CAN AC

1966 "Friends and Mirrors" — — — 22 — — single only

1967 "Dusty" — — — — — — Words, Music, Laughter and Tears

1968 "1432 Franklin Pike Circle Hero" 64 36 9 35 — —

1969 "Carlie" 66 115 — — — — single only

"Then She's a Lover" — — — — — — Bobby Russell Unlimited

"Better Homes and Gardens" 34 — 31 — — —

1970 "Our Love Will Rise Again" — — — — — —

1971 "Saturday Morning Confusion" 24 28 13 27 13 14 Saturday Morning Confusion

1973 "Mid American Manufacturing Tycoon" 93 — — — — — single only


^ a b c d Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 365. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 

External links[edit]

Biography portal

Bobby Russell at Find a Grave

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Grammy Award
Grammy Award
for Song of the Year


"Volare" – Domenico Modugno
Domenico Modugno
(songwriter) (1959) "The Battle of New Orleans" – Jimmy Driftwood
Jimmy Driftwood
(songwriter) (1960) "Theme from Exodus" – Ernest Gold (songwriter) (1961) "Moon River" – Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
& Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini
(songwriters) (1962) "What Kind of Fool Am I?" – Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley (songwriters) (1963) "Days of Wine and Roses" – Johnny Mercer
Johnny Mercer
& Henry Mancini (songwriters) (1964) "Hello, Dolly!" – Jerry Herman
Jerry Herman
(songwriter) (1965) "The Shadow of Your Smile" – Paul Francis Webster & Johnny Mandel (songwriters) (1966) "Michelle" – John Lennon
John Lennon
& Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
(songwriters) (1967) "Up, Up, and Away" – Jimmy Webb
Jimmy Webb
(songwriter) (1968) "Little Green Apples" – Bobby Russell (songwriter) (1969) "Games People Play" – Joe South
Joe South
(songwriter) (1970) "Bridge over Troubled Water" – Paul Simon
Paul Simon
(songwriter) (1971) "You've Got a Friend" – Carole King
Carole King
(songwriter) (1972) "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" – Ewan MacColl (songwriter) (1973) "Killing Me Softly with His Song" – Norman Gimbel & Charles Fox (songwriters) (1974) "The Way We Were" – Alan and Marilyn Bergman & Marvin Hamlisch (songwriters) (1975) "Send in the Clowns" – Stephen Sondheim
Stephen Sondheim
(songwriter) (1976) "I Write the Songs" – Bruce Johnston (songwriter) (1977) "Evergreen (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)" – Barbra Streisand & Paul Williams (songwriters) / "You Light Up My Life" – Joe Brooks (songwriter) (1978) "Just the Way You Are" – Billy Joel
Billy Joel
(songwriter) (1979) "What a Fool Believes" – Kenny Loggins
Kenny Loggins
& Michael McDonald (songwriters) (1980)


"Sailing" – Christopher Cross
Christopher Cross
(songwriter) (1981) "Bette Davis Eyes" – Donna Weiss & Jackie DeShannon (songwriters) (1982) "Always on My Mind" – Johnny Christopher, Mark James & Wayne Carson (songwriters) (1983) "Every Breath You Take" – Sting (songwriter) (1984) "What's Love Got to Do with It" – Graham Lyle & Terry Britten (songwriters) (1985) "We Are the World" – Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson
& Lionel Richie (songwriters) (1986) "That's What Friends Are For" – Burt Bacharach
Burt Bacharach
& Carole Bayer Sager (songwriters) (1987) "Somewhere Out There" – James Horner, Barry Mann
Barry Mann
& Cynthia Weil (songwriters) (1988) "Don't Worry, Be Happy" – Bobby McFerrin
Bobby McFerrin
(songwriter) (1989) "Wind Beneath My Wings" – Larry Henley & Jeff Silbar (songwriters) (1990) "From a Distance" – Julie Gold
Julie Gold
(songwriter) (1991) "Unforgettable" – Irving Gordon
Irving Gordon
(songwriter) (1992) "Tears in Heaven" – Eric Clapton
Eric Clapton
& Will Jennings (songwriters) (1993) "A Whole New World" – Alan Menken
Alan Menken
& Tim Rice
Tim Rice
(songwriters) (1994) "Streets of Philadelphia" – Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen
(songwriter) (1995) "Kiss from a Rose" – Seal (songwriter) (1996) "Change the World" – Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick & Tommy Sims (songwriters) (1997) "Sunny Came Home" – Shawn Colvin
Shawn Colvin
& John Leventhal
John Leventhal
(songwriters) (1998) "My Heart Will Go On" – James Horner
James Horner
& Will Jennings (songwriters) (1999) "Smooth" – Itaal Shur
Itaal Shur
& Rob Thomas (songwriters) (2000)


"Beautiful Day" – Adam Clayton, David Evans, Laurence Mullen & Paul Hewson (songwriters) (2001) "Fallin'" – Alicia Keys
Alicia Keys
(songwriter) (2002) "Don't Know Why" – Jesse Harris (songwriter) (2003) "Dance with My Father" – Richard Marx
Richard Marx
& Luther Vandross (songwriters) (2004) "Daughters" – John Mayer
John Mayer
(songwriter) (2005) "Sometimes You Can't Make It on Your Own" – Adam Clayton, David Evans, Laurence Mullen & Paul Hewson (songwriters) (2006) "Not Ready to Make Nice" – Emily Burns Erwin, Martha Maguire, Natalie Maines
Natalie Maines
Pasdar & Dan Wilson (songwriters) (2007) "Rehab" – Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse
(songwriter) (2008) "Viva la Vida" – Guy Berryman, Jonathan Buckland, William Champion & Christopher Martin (songwriters) (2009) "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" – Thaddis "Kuk" Harrell, Beyoncé Knowles, Terius Nash & Christopher Stewart (songwriters) (2010) "Need You Now" – Dave Haywood, Josh Kear, Charles Kelley
Charles Kelley
& Hillary Scott (songwriters) (2011) "Rolling in the Deep" – Adele
Adkins & Paul Epworth (songwriters) (2012) "We Are Young" – Jack Antonoff, Jeff Bhasker, Andrew Dost
Andrew Dost
& Nate Ruess (songwriters) (2013) "Royals" – Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor (songwriters) (2014) "Stay with Me" (Darkchild version) – James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith (songwriters) (2015) "Thinking Out Loud" – Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
& Amy Wadge
Amy Wadge
(songwriters) (2016) "Hello" – Adele
Adkins & Greg Kurstin
Greg Kurstin
(songwriters) (2017) "That's What I Like" – Christopher Brody Brown, James Fauntleroy, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, Ray Charles McCullough II, Jeremy Reeves, Ray Romulus & Jonathan Yip (songwriters) (2018)

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