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Andy Russell - Bésame mucho, 1944

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Published on Jul 14, 2012

Andy Russell with Al Sack and His Orchestra - Bésame Mucho (Consuelo Velazquez -- Sunny Skylar), Capitol 1944 (USA)

NOTE: Andy RUSSELL (Andrés Rabago Pérez ) b. in 1919 in Boyle Heights area of East Los Angeles -- d. 1992) American vocalist, specializing in Latin music. He was born as one of ten children to Mexican immigrants of Spanish descent. In the 1930s as teenager, he performed as a vocalist and drummer with a local band in LA. In the early forties he Anglicized his name ("Russell" was after the singer Russ Columbo) what helped him a lot in hjis career. Soon, he became vocalist and drummer with the bands of Gus Arnheim, Sonny Dunham and Alvino Rey. By 1944, he was featured on radio, and in the next year had his Old Gold Show. He also signed on with Capitol Records. His first charted hit was his enormously successful interpretation of "Bésame Mucho", then came another big hit in 1946 "I Can't Begin to Tell You" from the film "The Dolly Sisters", that became the fourth top ten seller in the country. Next hits were "Laughing on the Outside" and "Pretending", another top-ten seller. He was also invited to Hollywood and in 1946 he appeared in The Stork Club and Breakfast In Hollywood. In 1950s he apeared in tv on Your Show of Shows with Sid Caesar and continued to record, though less frequently. In mid-1950s Russell's hits had stopped coming. The rock'n'roll age was beginning so Capitol Records lost interest in Russell as a hit-making pop star. Russell moved to Mexico City, and later to Argentina, where he had successful television show that ran for seven years. A decade later, he returned to the US and went back to Capitol, making a few LP albums, that were well received. However, as result of general change of public taste, by the mid-eighties he was generally forgotten.
See another version of this magnificent evergreen, by French singer Tino Rossi http://youtu.be/2ZSADBhXBm4

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