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Andy Russell (September 16, 1919 - April 16, 1992)

Born Andres Rabajos in Los Angeles to Mexican immigrant parents, Andy Russell (who took his professional name from one of his idols, Russ Columbo,) acheived his greatest U.S. popularity in the 1940s. As with Columbo and Bing Crosby before him, he started out singing with Gus Arnheim’s orchestra at the Cocoanut Grove, but, at only 13, he was so young that Arnheim had to become his legal guardian to permit him to travel out of state.

Possessed of a romantic baritone voice, he sang songs in English and Spanish, his biggest hits being Amor and Besame Mucho (Capitol: 1945). In 1946, he was asked to take the place of Frank Sinatra on the pop music radio program “Your Hit Parade” ( for which Sinatra returned in 1947) which led to increased popularity for the singer. In the early 1950’s, Russell appeared on early television with “Your Show Of Shows” with Sid Caesar for NBC, but recorded less frequently. By the early 50’s, however, his hits had stopped and Capitol Records began to lose interest in him. Realizing that he commanded more popularity in Mexico than the U.S. he began performing there more frequently.

In the late 1950s, he re-located to Mexico City, and then to Argentina where he had a successful variety show that ran for seven years. He remained a U.S. citizen, however, and still made appearences in the U.S. from time to time. Capitol’s Latin American affiliated labels released new material by Andy in the 1960s, after his stint with RCA Victor. He also recorded for Orfeon.

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  • avphibes

    It's almost offensive to me that Andy Russell is so overlooked and forgotten. I love him so much.

    12 May 4:51am Reply
  • enosfolly

    I had such a tremendous crush on him. When all my friends were swooning over Sinatra and Crosby, I was enthralled with Andy Russell. He was far better than given credit. I still think he was more enjoyable than Sinatra.

    14 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Baalis

    I can't believe nobody listens this amazing piece of music.

    27 Mar 2010 Reply

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