Bobby Russell :: How You Gonna Stand It

11607579_129018810569Imagine Leonard Cohen covering this. Of the many songwriters to chart hit singles in the U.S. during the golden era of the Nashville Sound, perhaps none are as overlooked or underrated as Bobby Russell.  From 1966-1973, Russell penned five hit singles, including Roger Miller’s “Little Green Apples”, Bobby Goldsorp’s #1 hit “Honey”, and wife and actress Vicki Lawrence’s “The Night The Lights Went Out In Georgia”.  But while Russell’s successes came predominantly from writing for other artists, his three solo albums showcase a multi-talented songwriter with a gentle, soothing voice and a unique ease for writing simple, yet heartfelt songs.  With a Burt Bacharach-esque sensibility for arrangements, “How You Gonna Stand It”, from his second album Bobby Russell Unlimited, best exemplifies these attributes. With soulful backing vocals soaring over masterfully executed Orchestral Pop, it’s easy to imagine how this could have been a crossover hit for someone like Dionne Warwick.  From 1973 until his death of a heart attack in 1992 at age 52, little else is known of Russell. Thankfully there is plenty to discover in his all too brief (and largely unrecognized) solo career. words / z biggs

Bobby Russell :: How You Gonna Stand It

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  1. Thanks for this! Just a h/t and to say I think there’s a typo on Bobby “Goldsorp” — you’re referring to the ‘honey’ed voice of Bobby Goldsboro, yes?

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